The Global Policy Institute at Loyola Marymount University is home to some of Los Angeles's top thinkers in global policy. Their expertise cover a wide range of interdisciplinary scholarship on the critical issues shaping today's global agenda.


    Tia Carr, Undergraduate Research Fellow

    Tia Carr is a third-year international relations and French student. Her two main passions are mitigating climate change and Middle Eastern politics. Tia is also a member of Sursum Corda, a service organization on campus that works to ameliorate food insecurity in the local area. She spends time each week at Safe Place for Youth, a resource center for at-risk and homeless teens and young adults. Last summer, Tia contributed research on peacebuilding in Northern Ireland for GPI Senior Fellow Jennifer Ramos. Tia hopes to serve as an ambassador for the State Department or work with an NGO.



    Declan Tomlinson, Undergraduate Research Fellow

    Declan Tomlinson is a second-year international relations and economics student. Declan previously worked with the Idaho Democratic Party and organized events during the 2018 gubernatorial election. Prior to this, Declan worked on multiple award-winning documentary productions. With his experience in media, Declan believes blending political research in a visual medium is vital to sharing politics to the general public. Declan is passionate about the climate crisis and human rights in the Middle East. Declan volunteers with Young Life youth ministry and LMU Campus Ministry. He enjoys long runs, surfing and street photography.



    Matt Lamantia, Undergraduate Research Fellow

    Matt Lamantia is a second-year International Relations student. Matt has a passion for documentary filmmaking and has worked with musicians, artists, businesses and brands to create short form video content over the last four years. He transitioned to focus on political science and aims to find the nexus between his documentary interests and GPI research. Matt focuses on East Asian affairs and has a special interest in global security. In his spare time, Matt is the president of his fraternity, a tennis player and a musician.



    Veronica Backer-Peral, Undergraduate Research Fellow

    Veronica Backer-Peral is a second-year film production, history, and computer science triple major. Veronica is on LMU's Election 2020 team and is a member of the Clinton Global Initiative University, where she is working to merge computer science with her passion for global policy in order to conduct an analytical comparative study of different healthcare policies. She is passionate about the complex relationship between the U.S. and the Middle East, the global rise of populism and extremism, and anything that merges various disciplines. Outside of politics, she loves to paint, daydream, and do flying trapeze.

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    Joshua Dennings, Undergraduate Research Fellow

    Joshua Dennings is a fourth-year international relations and French student. Joshua has a passion for racial justice, especially within the United States justice system. He recently studied abroad in France where he interned at STIL SAS developing marketing strategies, and he also won an award for excellence in French translation. He hopes to use his experience to expand the reach of GPI at LMU and beyond. He also spends time each week taking care of his two grandmothers. Joshua hopes to attend law school in the near future. In his free time, Joshua enjoys shooting hoops and tossing a football around at the beach.


    David Glazier, Global Policy Institute Senior Fellow

    Dave Glazier is a professor at Loyola Law School, Los Angeles with an affiliated appointment in political science at LMU. He spent 21 years as a U.S. Navy surface warfare officer, culminating in command of a guided missile frigate, before retiring in order to attend law school at the University of Virginia. He researches and teaches international law with a particular focus on law governing the use of force and the law of the sea. He has published multiple law journal articles and book chapters on issues related to the so-called "War on Terror," including the Guantanamo military commissions and drone use.



    Daniel Jacobs, Global Policy Institute Senior Fellow

    Daniel Jacobs, clinical associate professor of management at LMU, has had a distinguished career in both academia and public service. He was the founding director of the first interdisciplinary graduate program in sustainability management in a U.S. business school, which he led to a #1 national sustainability specialty ranking by Bloomberg Businessweek in 2013. His book, "BP Blowout: Inside the Gulf Oil Disaster," was published by Brookings Institution Press in 2016. He has appeared on BBC World News television and regularly in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Financial Times, and Guardian. An active member of the California Bar, he was formerly an award-winning attorney at both the Justice Department and State Department in Washington, D.C. He holds degrees from Middlebury College (B.A.), Cambridge University (M. Phil.) and Duke University (J.D.).



    Jennifer M. Ramos, Global Policy Institute Senior Fellow

    Jennifer M. Ramos, associate professor and associate chair of political science, focuses her research on understanding the causes and consequences of political change, with an emphasis on the role of ideas, norms, and identity. In addition, she specializes in US public opinion and foreign policy. Her current research interests include religion and foreign policy preferences, drone warfare, and the preventive use of force.



    Bernie DiDario, Global Policy Institute Fellow

    Bernie DiDario is a business executive and consultant with experience in the medical device and health care delivery industries. He earned a Master of Science in Health Policy and Management from the Harvard School of Public Health.



    Kerstin Fisk, Global Policy Institute Fellow

    Kerstin Fisk's research focuses on issues of security, peace, and conflict, with an emphasis on forced migration and political violence. She earned a Ph.D. from Claremont Graduate University in 2013. Her dissertation, entitled "Moving Targets: Refugee Geography and the Diffusion of Conflict and Violence in Africa," investigates how refugee settlement patterns affect patterns of violence by state and non-state armed actors in African conflicts. Her recent work also includes "Actions Speak Louder than Words: Preventive Self-Defense as a Cascading Norm" with Jennifer M. Ramos, published in International Studies Perspectives.



    Janie Steckinrider, Global Policy Institute Fellow

    Janie Steckenrider's research and teaching in political science are focused in the areas of political gerontology and women's studies. Her publications include "Women as Political Leaders" (with Michael Genovese, Taylor and Francis Press) and "New Direction in Old Age Policies" (with Tonya Parrott, SUNY Press) and articles in Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, Journal of Health and Human Services Administration, Southwest Journal of Aging, Encyclopedia of Aging and Journal of Women and Politics.



    Thomas Herndon, Global Policy Institute Fellow

    Thomas Herndon earned his B.A. in Economics from the Evergreen State College in 2007 and his Ph.D. in Economics in 2016 from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. His research investigates the classic questions of political economy – distribution, conflict, and instability – in the context of the macroeconomy, with a heavy focus on policy. His approach is primarily empirical, and uses individual level micro-data to estimate macro-level effects.



    Hon. Graham Allen, MP, Global Policy Institute Non-Resident Fellow & Member of British House of Commons

    Graham Allen was a Member of Parliament for Notthingham North from 1987 to 2017. He graduated from City of London Polytechnic and earned a M.A. from the University of Leeds. He was elected as the Labour MP for the Nottingham North constituency at the 1987 general election. He sat on a number of parliamentary select committees and was the Chair of the Political and Constitutional Reform Select Committee in the House of Commons from 2010 to 2015. He was also a member of the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission. He is a proponent of democratic reform.



    Samuel G. Baron, Former Undergraduate Research Fellow

    Samuel G. Baron studied political science with a specialized focus on U.S. foreign policy in the Indo-Pacific region. He previously served as an intern at the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor where he worked to implement governmental human rights priorities for the Northeast Asian region. He was also a visiting researcher at Columbia University, where he took a graduate level course on Korean Politics and Foreign Policy at the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA). He currently interns at the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Bangkok, Thailand where he focuses on the Rohingya crisis in Myanmar and ASEAN cooperation in the region.



    Virginia Laskodi, Former Undergraduate Research Fellow

    Virginia Laskodi studied political science with a minor in business administration. She joined GPI in June 2017. In Fall 2018, she was the Global Policy Institute's Hansard Fellow, where she studied at the London School of Economics and Political Science and interned for a Member of Parliament for the United Kingdom. She also has interned for Senator Robert Hertzberg and was the Bill Fitzgerald Fellow for the Center for the Study of Los Angeles, where she researched ways to mitigate urban blight in Los Angeles. She is also passionate about advocating for better mental health resources.



    Carlos A. Mesa Baron, Former Undergraduate Research Fellow

    Carlos A. Mesa Baron is a Colombian-American who studied international relations and economics. His interests include international development and the collective advancement of the Western-Hemisphere. He previously studied at the London School of Economics where he specialized in economic policy and development. He also researched at the Center for the Study of Los Angeles and a UK-based think tank called Social Vision. He is an avid volunteer, having served migrant communities in London through the NGO Podium, mentoring and tutoring inner-city youth of Los Angeles at the Mar Vista Community Center, and with the Maria Luisa de Moreno International Foundation. His interests are promoting the unity and development of the American region through policy to promote stability and economic growth.