The Department of Government & Politics is proud to present the Government & Politics Ambassadors for the 2019-2020 school year. The Ambassador program is comprised of ten talented and motivated students who serve as student liasons and representatives of the Department as a whole. They are tasked with continually meeting with departmental leaders, presenting open house programs, planning new events, and facilitating the implementation of meaningful, productive changes. 

                                      Kristen Ju

Kristen is a Senior Government & Politics and Economics double major with a minor in Geographic Information Science. She currently works as a Student Office Assistant at the Leadership & Community-Service Learning Office, a Teaching Assistant for Economics Statistics, and a Campus Tour Guide with Maryland Images. In the past, she has interned at the Federal Trade Commission and U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services. Kristen is an alumnus of the iGive Program and the Federal Fellows Program, as well as a current a member of the Government & Politics Honors Program. Additionally, during the Summer of 2018, she studied the French language in Montpellier, France. Outside of academics, Kristen loves eating green grapes, visiting D.C., and petting her cat Darwin. After graduation, Kristen would like to obtain a graduate degree in security studies or international relations.

                                    Luisa Beltran Rey

Luisa is a Senior Government & Politics-International Relations major. As a member of the GVPT Honors Program, Luisa is completing her thesis on the effect that foreign intervention has on dominant threat-based migration theory. She is also pursuing minors in French Studies and International Development & Conflict Management. Last summer, Luisa worked as the Environment and Natural Resources intern in the Latin America and Caribbean region for Chemonics International, a for-profit international development contractor that works closely with USAID and the UK's DFID to implement developing projects abroad. Being from Colombia, Luisa is primarily interested in working in Latin America as well as francophone West and Central Africa. She has a large range of interests including sustainability, climate change, conflict management, democracy and governance. After graduation, Luisa hopes to begin her career in international development as a project management associate before continuing her education in a specific technical area within development.

                                  Florence Ning

Flo is a Junior pursuing a dual-degree in Government & Politics and Philosophy along with a Korean Studies minor. She is an alumni of the Design, Cultures & Creativity Honors College and is currently part of the Global Fellows Program. As a GVPT Ambassador, Flo hopes to ignite greater outreach and program initiatives for all minorities in order to create a more culturally diverse presence within Government & Politics. In addition to being an Ambassador, Flo is a captain for the University of Maryland’s Mock Trial team where she has received an All-Regional Attorney Award as well as a Championship Round Qualifier. Starting this academic year, Flo is also the captain of the University of Maryland Ethics Bowl Team. In the past, Flo has interned as a legal researcher for Maryland State Senator Susan Lee and hopes to pursue a law degree in the near future.

                                     Stephanie Lizzo

Stephanie is a Junior Government & Politics and Economics double major with a minor in Global Terrorism. She is a currently a member of the University Honors Program, the Federal Fellows Program, and the Government & Politics Honors Program. This fall, she is working with the University of Maryland’s START program as a research intern on the Global Terrorism Database Target Classification project. Additionally, she works as a BSOS Peer Mentor and a research assistant with the Center on Young Adult Health and Development. During this past summer, she interned with the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress, where she explored her love of politics as well as Washington D.C. In her free time, Stephanie enjoys reading, baking, and eating copious amounts of peanut butter."

                                Julianne Morgan

Julianne is a junior Government & Politics major with a minor in business. This is Julianne’s second semester working as a research assistant for the Department of Government & Politics at UMD. As a research assistant, she is utilizing LaTeX, Zotero, and QGIS to research and geo-code ethnic groups. She has also used statistical programs to analyze the effects of income on political polarization as they pertain to voting in United States elections. She has formally presented her findings at a research symposium hosted by the Center for American Politics and Citizenship. Additionally, Julianne serves as a treasurer for Christ In Culture, a Christian student organization on campus. With recent internship experiences at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and NOVA Labs, Inc., Julianne looks forward to sharing her tips for success with prospective and current students involved in the Government & Politics program. After graduation, Julianne plans to pursue a Masters of Business Administration degree.

                               Ianthe Humphries

Ianthe is a Senior Government and Politics and Communications double major from Upper Marlboro, Maryland. When she’s not attending class, Ianthe enjoys dancing, listening to music, hanging out with friends, and community service. During Summer 2018, Ianthe held an internship in New York City with Sheinkopf Communications, one of the leading public relations firms in the city, and learned more about the ins and outs of the industry. Throughout the summer she worked with politicians and corporations to draft press releases, pitch to reporters, and shape campaign messages. Her on-campus involvement includes being a Peer Consultant at the Oral Communication Center and the Public Relations Chair of the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW). In the future, Ianthe plans to use her double major to explore the connection between communication/media and politics. 

                                   Lily Klam

Lily is a sophomore from Annapolis, Maryland. She is double majoring in Government and Politics and Broadcast Journalism. As a GVPT ambassador, she hopes to encourage students to actively participate in activities that positively impact society. This past winter break, she interned for the Mayor of Annapolis, which gave her first-hand experience of the process of local government and sparked her desire to create a positive change in society. Outside of government, Lily worked as an intern at Filmsters Academy, teaching students the process of filmmaking. She is also a sister of Alpha Omicron Pi. 

                                    Malcolm Ferguson

Malcolm is a Junior double majoring in Government and Politics and English.  He joined the Ambassadors program to become more involved with his major and mentor those who are entering it.  Aside from the Ambassadors program, Malcolm is president of the Maryland Parliamentary Debate Society, a member of the UMD NAACP's Activism committee, and a member of the Black Male Initiative.  After graduating, he would like to pursue either law school or a Master's program in Urban Planning/Policy.

                                   Erica Greenwald

Erica is a junior Government and Politics- International Relations major with a minor in Global Poverty. Erica is in the GVPT Honors Program and is an alumnus of the Global Fellows Program, for which she will TA the Response to Global Challenges seminar in the Fall. She also works as a Student Assistant in the Office of Student Conduct and is involved in the University Student Judiciary where she is a Presiding Officer and Training Chair. Erica has previously interned with the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START), Congressman John Delaney’s district office, the Governor’s Office for Children, and most recently at the Esperanza Center, an immigrant resource nonprofit, through the Walter Sondheim Nonprofit Leadership Fellowship at UMBC. After graduation, Erica hopes to continue her education by studying a critical language abroad and pursing graduate school. In her free time, Erica likes to mountain bike, read, travel with friends, and go swimming.

                                      Pauline Sow

Pauline is a junior Government & Politics and Economics (BA) double major from Bethesda, Maryland. She joined GVPT Ambassadors because she wanted to help to implement programs and projects in the department about social justice and diversity to create respect for all identities. She is also in the honors college in the Gemstone Program, where her team is launching a project investigating ways to conduct biodesalination. On campus, Pauline is involved in the Black Engineers Society, Public Health without Borders, and PADE (Promoting Academic and Diversity in Economics). She hopes to go to law school so that she may pursue a career in international law and policy. During her free time she loves to sing, dance, cook and be involved in nature!


Lezah Calvin ('17)

Sofia Alsamadi ('18)

Elifnaz Caliskan ('18)

Sarah Cover ('18)

Ashwin Suryavanshi ('18)

Katelyn Turner ('18)

Patrick Hutson ('18)