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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.

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Ali Seidel

International Environmental Policy

Ali is pursuing the sustainability management specialization here at the Institute. She was born and raised in Germany and earned her BA in International Affairs in Georgia. After spending time working and traveling throughout Latin America, she came to MIIS to compliment her undergraduate studies with her love and passion for the environment and social change.  Upon arriving in Monterey, she fell in love with the nature and local community. Since beginning the IEP program, she has been eager to apply the knowledge acquired in class by volunteering with local nonprofits to promote social and environmental sustainability and the transition towards a regenerative economy. Currently she is working on a supplier risk assessment for a tech company in San Jose, ensuring supplier’s compliance with legal policies and company-wide regulations. If not on campus, you can find her playing in the waves or running along the beach!

Morgan Moore

Morgan Moore

Joint MA International Policy & Development/MA International Trade & Economic Diplomacy

Originally from Dallas, Morgan is pursuing a joint MA degree in International Policy and Development and International Trade and Economic Diplomacy. She graduated cum laude from Xavier University of Louisiana with a BA in Political Science and a minor in Spanish. She served in the Peace Corps as a Community Economic Development volunteer in Paraguay and is a Paul D. Coverdell Fellow at MIIS. Her interest in foreign languages, social justice, and restorative economics led her to MIIS. Morgan is a graduate assistant in the enrollment department and works to build partnerships with historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). Sign up to chat

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Julius Moye

Joint MA International Trade & Economic Diplomacy/MA Nonproliferation & Terrorism Studies 

Julius is focusing on trade/corporate compliance on the ITED side of his degree and obtaining a Financial Crime Management Specialization on the NPTS side. His language of study is Russian. Originally from Cape Cod, Massachusetts, Julius spent his undergrad career at Tufts University in Medford, MA (2011-2015). For the three years prior to MIIS, Julius served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ukraine. Since coming to Monterey in the summer of 2019, he currently serves as a Volunteer Project Manager for the Monterey City Manager’s Office, a Volunteer Trade Analyst for the Consulate General of Ukraine and as a member of the WIT-NC Events Committee. 

Julius also serves on the MIIS Student Council as Middlebury Collaboration Manager. He would be more than happy to discuss academic and professional development here at MIIS. And, as a musician, he’d also love to talk shop about the music scene here on the Peninsula.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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Kristen Tuttle

TESOL and Teaching Foreign Language

Originally from Michigan, Kristen is pursuing an MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) with a specialization in Language Program Administration. She graduated from Macalester College in 2018, where she studied Spanish and Educational Studies. After graduating, she served in AmeriCorps for two years with the Twin Cities-based educational non-profit College Possible. Kristen came to the Middlebury institute in 2020 after realizing she wanted to combine her passions for education and language. She currently works as a graduate assistant to the TESOL and Teaching Foreign Language program chair. Sign up to chat.

Jiayi Feng

Jiayi Feng

Translation; Translation and Interpretation; Conference Interpretation

Jiayi is pursuing her MA in Conference Interpretation (Chinese and English). She graduated from Beihang University in Beijing, China with a bachelor’s degree in Electronic and Information Engineering. During undergrad, Jiayi discovered her love for translation and interpretation during an internship with an education consultancy in Shenzhen, China. Jiayi is currently a graduate assistant in the communications department and works at a tech company in Beijing, China. She hopes to contribute to intercultural communication in the tech industry. Sign up to chat.



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Shuming (Koni) Chen

Translation and Localization Management

Koni is pursuing her MA in Translation and Localization Management and English is her language of study. She is originally from Canton, China, and completed her bachelor’s degrees in Political Science and International Relations at the University of California, Davis. After graduation, Koni worked as a litigation paralegal for three years and was frequently asked to accomplish language-needed assignments beyond her regular paralegal duties. For the 2021–2022 academic year, Koni will be the chapter manager of the Women in Localization MIIS Chapter (WL MIIS) and continues the WL MIIS’ mission of fostering a global community for the advancement of women and the localization industry. Sign up to chat.