Leadership

 
 Board Members of the Political Science Students Association

Board Members of the Political Science Students Association

 President, PSSA

President, PSSA

Annika Reno

Annika Reno is a senior at Barnard majoring in Political Science and Human Rights. She enjoys discussing foreign policy and political theory alike, and spent a semester abroad studying opportunities for political participation in Nepal and Jordan. In her free time, Annika enjoys running and listening to podcasts, like Jessica and Jowel. 

 Vice President, PSSA

Vice President, PSSA

Charlie Kang

 Secretary, PSSA

Secretary, PSSA

Jessica Grubesic

Jessica Grubesic is a junior majoring in Political Science. She is also a COÖP leader and serves as treasurer for Columbia University Women in Law and Politics. In her free time, she enjoys running and eating copious amounts of JJ’s mozzarella sticks, hobbies that conveniently balance each other out.

 Treasurer, PSSA

Treasurer, PSSA

Jowel Uddin

Jowel Uddin is a junior majoring in Political Science and minoring in Human Rights. Jowel loves discussions about political parties, race, colonization, and international relations. During his free time, he loves to read The Economist and listen to podcasts.

 

 Academic Affairs Director, PSSA

Academic Affairs Director, PSSA

Kaya Curtis

Kaya Curtis is a junior majoring in political science and creative writing. On campus, Kaya is a Youth for Debate coach and and plays piano in several classical chamber groups. 

 

 General Board Member, PSSA

General Board Member, PSSA

Andrew Albor

Andrew Albor is a freshman studying Political Science and Economics at Columbia. He is currently learning Japanese and is interested in East Asian foreign policy. During his free time, he likes to keep up with political news, explore the city with friends, and watch anime.

 General Board Member, PSSA

General Board Member, PSSA

Brittany Nagy

Brittany Nagy is a Political Science major at Columbia. She is interested in comparative politics and international relations. Outside of school she works as a professional country singer and spends her free time studying foreign languages which include French, Spanish, Japanese, Chinese and Russian

 General Board Member, PSSA

General Board Member, PSSA

Esterah Brown

Esterah Brown is a freshman in Columbia College majoring in political science. Aside from PSSA, Esterah is a member of the Columbia Democrats and the Bacchanal Press Team. She is passionate about human rights, racial justice, and international affairs. When Esterah isn’t studying in Butler, you will find her sitting in a coffee shop or exploring the streets of NYC.

 General Board Member, PSSA

General Board Member, PSSA

Daniella Truong

Daniella Truong is a freshman interested in pursuing a major in Political Science and Human Rights. On campus, she is also involved with Orchesis and Dhoom Dance Team, Columbia Mentoring Initiative, and One for the World. Daniella loves being with friends, listening to music, and being happy whenever she can.

 General Board Member, PSSA

General Board Member, PSSA

Jake Tibbetts

Jake Tibbetts is a freshman at Columbia College studying political science and sociology. An activist at heart, Jake is also involved with Barnard Columbia Socialists, Student-Worker Solidarity, and Students for Justice and Palestine. When he's not cramming for exams in Avery Library, Jake can be found arguing with strangers on the Internet, reading books about the history of the American labor movement, or protesting whatever it is that he feels needs to be protested in that given moment. 

 General Board Member, PSSA

General Board Member, PSSA

Hiba Ismail

 

Hiba is a freshman at Columbia and her tentative major is Political Science and Economics with a concentration in History. She's especially interested in American Politics and U.S. History. She grew up in Dubai and Florida. During her free time, Hiba likes to eat, write and travel. 

 General Board Member, PSSA

General Board Member, PSSA

Stefan Baconschi

 General Board Member, PSSA

General Board Member, PSSA

Marceline Doucet

 

 General Board Member, PSSA

General Board Member, PSSA

Montserrat Pladevall

 General Board Member, PSSA

General Board Member, PSSA

Travis Nelson

Travis Nelson is a Political Science major in the Class of 2021 at Columbia. He is interested in American politics, international relations and foreign affairs as well as law. Other than constantly debating about politics, Travis is a native New Yorker from Hempstead in Long Island #fuhgeddaboudit and enjoys running as well as public speaking.

 General Board Member, PSSA

General Board Member, PSSA

Izzie Rivera

Izzie Rivera is a sophomore at Barnard majoring in Political Science with a concentration in American Politics and minoring in Race and Ethnicity studies. Outside of the classroom, she plays in the Barnard Flute Choir, is an active member of Mujeres, and works for the admissions office as a tour guide.

Xavier Medina

Xavier Medina is a Junior, majoring in Political Science with a concentration in International Relations. His interests include law, immigration and foreign policy. Xavier is a Jack Kent Cooke Scholar since 2015. On weekends he teaches conversational ESL. During his limited free time, he enjoys reading, following his beloved Yankees and spending quality time with his family. 

 

Vivian Casillas

Vivian Casillas is a junior in Columbia College studying political science-statistics. She hails from San Diego, California but finds herself torn on the West Coast v East Coast rivalry. On campus, she serves Columbia Political Review as a senior editor and Global Brigades as vice president of the executive board. She also works as a research assistant for the Department of Political Science, obtaining and coding data for a cross-country investigation analyzing the institutional design of national antitrust agencies.