MA Academic Achievement Global Affairs

This award is in recognition of exemplary academic achievement throughout the student's tenure in the Master of Arts in Global Affairs.

2024 Awardees

Sherazade  Ariavand

Sherazade Ariavand

Gabriela S. Godoy Gonzalez

Gabriela S. Godoy Gonzalez

Gabriela S. Godoy Gonzalez is graduating with a master’s degree in Global Affairs, specializing in Global Culture and Society. Her 17-year journey in higher education is a testament to her dedication and commitment to learning. Her keen interest in learning about her ancestry and roots led her to pursue an undergraduate degree in Latin American Studies. She has presented her research at various academic conferences and her research was published in the The George Mason Review.

While in GLOA, Gabriela pursued specialized coursework to understand the impact of globalization on the Latin American region. Her research has examined topics that include, global migration, women in the labor market, and the ongoing economic crisis of Ecuador. She has also explored cultural topics such as the history of Nikkei Cuisine in Peru and the influence of Latin American music upon the Japanese music culture. Her favorite research project was a podcast dedicated to the trailblazing women of tango, inspired by her love for Tango music and her GLOA 710 trip to Argentina.

Gabriela is grateful for the support she has received from her two children, boyfriend, and family in Ecuador throughout the program. She is also thankful for Dr.Jennifer Ashley’s mentorship and encouragement and Dr. Byungwan Son’s thought-provoking class discussions and fun GIFs. Lastly, she thanks Dr. Lisa Breglia for her unconditional support during her capstone project.

The George Mason Review

Trailblazing women of tango

John O.  Stapleton

John O. Stapleton

John O. Stapleton is graduating from George Mason University with a Masters in Global Affairs and a concentration in Global Conflict and Security. He is currently the Deputy Director of Communications and Managing Editor at the International Republican Institute (IRI). Before joining IRI, John spent eight years on Capitol Hill in both the House and Senate in a variety of policy and communications roles. His time as a staffer in Congress included stints as a Senior Advisor to the Committee on Homeland Security and as a Senior Professional Staff Member at the Foreign Affairs Committee in the House of Representatives.

John is grateful for his time at George Mason and is considering a return to pursue a PhD in the future. He previously earned an MA and BA in Political Science from American University in Washington, DC. John is a term member at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) and lives in Virginia with his wife and two sons.