Student Awardees

Hannah Warner

Academic Achievement

Hannah Warner is a Global Affairs student specializing in Economics and Development. She is from Martinsville, VA, and currently works for The ONE Campaign in D.C., an advocacy organization that works on extreme poverty. In the long term she wants to continue working in the nonprofit sector.

Some of her fondest memories from her Graduate Mason experience come from the trip to Cuba with Dr. Breglia and her class, and she will always be grateful for that opportunity. [Hannah] would also like to thank her parents Mark and Paula for their support and for showing her how far basic respect and mindfulness take you.


Saulat Pervez

Certificate of Merit

Saulat Pervez is a writer and educator with a combined experience spanning more than 20 years. Her Global Affairs MA specializes in Global Education and she is passionate about creating [literacy] locally and globally. During her two years at Mason, the Global Affairs program sensitized her to political and economic environments and she has met wonderful professors and peers.

She is grateful to her family for their enthusiastic support throughout her graduate studies, to Dr. Jan Arminio for pointing her to the Global Affairs Department, and to the International Institute of Islamic Thought for giving her the opportunity to pursue this degree. Saulat will truly miss the vibrant academic atmosphere at GMU!


Patricia Anne Janer

Certificate of Merit

Patricia Anne Janer is fascinated by world cultures and politics. Her Master's degree in Global Affairs specializes in conflict and security with a particular focus on human trafficking and refugees on a global scale. Her most memorable experiences at Mason include the four study abroad programs she participated in, Spain, Philippines, Israel, and Jordan, as well as attending Mason basketball games.

Patricia intends to work in International Development or Humanitarian Aid. She would like to thank all her professors (who were all great!) for challenging her to always give her best, her fellow classmates for all their support, and her husband, Luis David Muniz, for his unconditional love.


Thanh Nguyen

Certificate of Merit

Thanh Nguyen Master’s Degree in Global Affairs specializes in Global Conflict & Security. Beginning with undergraduate studies in Global Affairs, she has now been part of the Mason community for 7 years. In fact, she met her husband while attending classes on Globalization and Culture.

Thanh will be continuing her education this summer as she completes her Graduate Certification in Data Analytics at the Volgenau School of Engineering, while working full-time as an Office Manager at GMU’s Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media. She hopes one day to apply what she has learned during her time at Mason to improve the systems of finance, governance, and security.


2Katherine Skipper

Certificate of Merit

Katherine Skipper is graduating with degree emphasizing global governance and public management. Her Global Affairs experience has given her a clearer understanding of the systems that drive development and inequality. She is particularly grateful to Professor Son’s Economic Globalization and Development class for helping her understand economics.

For now, she plans to continue working as an INTO Mason faculty member, helping prepare international students for success in higher education. She is also preparing to have her first child this summer. In the long term, Katherine is hopeful that this degree will open new doors and professional opportunities, and she is excited to explore those options.


Benjamin LaRock1

Certificate of Merit

Benjamin LaRock studied English and Linguistics as an undergrad at George Mason before enlisting in the military to study Korean at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, California. After a tour in South Korea and reassignment in the States, Benjamin returned to George Mason to complete his masters in Global Affairs. Although his degree concentration was in governance, his interests included research on institutions, society, and conflict in the Middle East and North Africa. He plans to pursue these interests as a geopolitical analyst in the private sector. Benjamin wishes to thank Dr. Lisa Breglia, Dr. Jennifer Ashley, and the Global Affairs faculty and staff for their support.

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