Meet The Team

Alliah Alvarez is an undergraduate student at Memorial University of Newfoundland completing her Bachelor of Commerce degree with a major in accounting and a minor in political science.
Celina Tuffaha is an undergraduate student at Memorial University of Newfoundland majoring in Communications; minoring in Political Science; and a Communications Manager Intern at Microsoft.
Isabella Aung is a doctoral candidate in political studies at Queen’s University. She is also a graduate researcher at the Centre for International and Defence Policy. Her doctoral research studies how contemporary authoritarian power is both contested and sustained through social media. She is passionate about incorporating the voices and lived experiences of women of color into mainstream academia.
Isabelle Côté is an Associate Professor in Political Science and the Director of the Nexus Interdisciplinary Centre at Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador. Her work examines the role of demographic factors in general, and (internal) population movements in particular, on intrastate conflict and contentious politics in Asia and beyond. She received her Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Toronto, was a postdoctoral fellow in the Netherlands and held various guest researcher positions in China, Indonesia, Denmark and Sweden. She has published in numerous journals in Political Science and Security, including PS: Political Science and Politics; Democratization; Civil Wars; Ethnopolitics; Studies in Conflict and Terrorism. She was the recipient of numerous awards and grants, notably a SSHRC IDG for her project on Nativism and Opposition to Migration in Canada, as well as 2020 Canadian Political Science Association Teaching Award. She is currently on the executive board of Women in International Security– Canada.
John Babb is a student of French, political science and religious studies at Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador. His academic interests encompass human migration, pluralism, ethics and globalization.
Marta Pitino is a PhD Candidate at the Department of Peace & Conflict Research at Uppsala University, Sweden. Her research interests comprise violence against civilians in civil war with a focus on sexual violence, as well as international and communal-level responses to war atrocities.
Oghenemine Jatto is a fourth-year Political science major with a minor in French at the Memorial University of Newfoundland.