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Asmita Jain

Development Practice and Policy (International Policy and Development; MPA)

Asmita grew up in Agra, India, and studied English literature at Hindu College, Delhi University. She then moved to London to pursue a Master’s in Digital Culture and Society from King’s College London. She considers London to be her spiritual home and where she developed her love for studying public policy as a means to social change. On campus, Asmita serves on Student Council and is the president of the Bridging Cultures club. She spends her time researching fandom studies, learning about the intersection between the private and public domains, and taking long walks along Cannery Row. Sign up to chat.

Beth Magyar

Beth Magyar

International Education Management

Beth served with the Peace Corps as a Youth and Health Development Volunteer in the Kingdom of Eswatini. Her service and other experiences abroad established her passions for education and cross-cultural exchange which is what led her to MIIS. The campus and classes have provided her with a flourishing network and relevant knowledge and critical thinking about global development. In her spare time, Beth loves playing outdoors and exploring new places, which there is an abundance of in the Monterey area. She would love to talk with you about our wonderful weather and international community. Sign up to chat.

Maria López Godoy

Maria López Godoy

International Environmental Policy

Maria is pursuing the sustainability management specialization here at the Institute. She was born and raised in Argentina, and earned a licentiate degree in Economics from the University of Buenos Aires. A few years ago Maria started visiting Tahoe and working as a ski instructor, which caused her to fall in love with the area and California in general. Last year she came to MIIS to compliment her undergraduate studies with her love and passion for the environment. Since beginning this program, she has been volunteering with local nonprofits on policy changes in the region and is currently working with the State on natural resources policy. You can find her running around campus or enjoying the community garden! Sign up to chat.

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Benjamin Wollam

International Trade and Economic Diplomacy

Benjamin is specializing in U.S.-China-Latin America trade and investment, and his language of study is Chinese. A product of Washington, D.C., public schools, he graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 2014, double majoring in International Political Economy and East Asian Studies/Mandarin. An avid activist, Benjamin served as president of the local chapter of Oxfam International, frequently leading petition signings and nonviolent protests. He served as a bilingual AmeriCorps leader and taught second grade at KIPP Austin Public Schools. On campus, Benjamin is the director of outreach and advocacy for the MIIS International Trade Association, and he serves on Student Council. Sign up to chat.

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Katriya Burkdoll

Joint MPA/MA in International Education Management

Katriya serves on Student Council and her language of study is Chinese. She is originally from Visalia, CA where she grew up on a farm. She was a transfer student to California State University, Long Beach. There she earned her BA in Studio Art, spent one year in Florence, Italy through the CSU international program, and attended the Florence Academy of Fine Arts. She also received her Teaching English as a Foreign Language certification and her Single-Subject Teaching Credential. Following postgraduate study, she received a Fulbright grant to teach English in Thailand. Post-grant, she worked with the Fulbright Thailand commission as a temporary program coordinator before returning to the U.S. and pursuing graduate school. Leisurely, she enjoys cooking, walking dogs, running, and spending quality time with friends and family. She is excited to be involved on campus and connect with her fellow student body. Sign up to chat.

Emily Christian

Emily Christian

Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies

Emily is pursuing the Financial Crimes Management specialization and her language of study is Spanish. Emily grew up in Morristown, New Jersey and completed her bachelor’s degree in Political Science and International Affairs at Northeastern University in Boston. As an undergraduate Emily had two internships in Washington DC at INTERPOL Washington, and the State Department. Emily works at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey. Sign up to chat.

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Kate DePietro

TESOL and Teaching Foreign Language

Kate is a Rhode Island native studying TESOL and specializing in Language Program Administration at MIIS. Kate graduated magna cum laude from Hobart and William Smith Colleges with a dual-major bachelor’s degree in Spanish/Hispanic Studies and Arts Education. After graduation, she got her TEFL certificate in Costa Rica and soon after served a Fulbright scholarship in Brazil in 2016. She continued to live and teach English in Brazil until she decided to come to MIIS in 2018. Kate has several jobs on campus, including: tutoring in the graduate writing center, tutoring Custom Language Service’s Xinhua news agents, and working as a research assistant. Kate is particularly passionate about social justice in language teaching, her research concerning migrant students, and culturally sustainable pedagogy.  Sign up to chat.

Rui (Rae) Xue

Rae Xue

Translation; Translation and Interpretation; Conference Interpretation

Rae is focusing on Chinese and English Translation and Interpretation with a specialization in International Education Management. Rae was born in Dalian, China, and grew up in Calgary, Canada. Rae graduated from the University of Ottawa with two bachelor's degrees: French-English-Spanish Translation and Economics. During undergrad, Rae founded a non-profit organization for international students, while working as a freelance translator and interpreter. Rae hopes that one day she will be able to contribute her language skills and global competency to realize the potential of a U.S.-Canada-China relationship. Sign up to chat.

Becca Guttentag

Becca Guttentag

Translation and Localization Management

What began as a simple eagerness to learn about Japan as a child led Becca to pursue Japanese language and culture studies, and to eventually spend four years as an Assistant Language Teacher (ALT) in southern Japan. However, while she enjoyed her time teaching, she knew that if she wanted to make her goal of working in the game localization industry a reality, MIIS was her best option. So, with a heavy heart, she left her second home in Japan to come here to Monterey. In addition to honing her skills with professors and peers, Becca is also your friendly neighborhood Tabletop Gaming Club President. She'd be happy to help answer any questions you may have about MIIS, Monterey, or the TLM program. Sign up to chat.