imad alrawashdeh

is a freelance journalist and works as an investigative journalism mentor and trainer with Thomson Reuters Foundation on an investigative journalism project about the illicit money in Africa. He is also a freelance reporter with BBC world service from D.C.  Over ten years of his experience in journalism, mostly in the Middle East, Alrawashdeh worked for several leading media and research organizations.

Imad has been the lead researcher with the D.C-based organization Global Integrity where he has conducted the organization's annual report about Libya 2015. Previously, he worked as the senior editor and the deputy director of the IJ unit at Arab Reporters for Investigative Network (ARIJ) coaching and mentoring dozens of journalists in MENA region to do in-depth reporting.

TWITTER: @imad sulieman

elvan katmer

is interested in U.S. politics, world politics, and international relations. He was born in Turkey, and received a graduate degree from Gazi University in Ankra in English and Education.  Currently a graduate student at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. where he is pursuing a degree in journalism. He has an ardent passion for introducing readers to the plight of other people, with a particular emphasis on human rights violations around the world regardless of nation, culture, or religion.

As a native of Turkey, Elvan writes about the complex role the countries plays in the region. He also reports on government policies that affect the countries' citizenry. He brings authentic and unique insight to Middle East affairs, and is reports aboutthe long-term international ramifications of the current refugee crisis.

TWITTER: @ELVANKATMER

Adam Wolf

is a current AmeriCorps VISTA service member working with Fox Cities Habitat for Humanity in Wisconsin. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh with a BA in International Studies focusing on Africa and Global Security.

Previously, Adam spent time in New York where he monitored arms control negotiations at the United Nations Headquarters.

He devotes much of his time to organizing Model United Nations conferences for students across the United States.

His areas of interest include security affairs in Sub-Saharan Africa and global governance within the United Nations.

 

TWITTER: @AdamWolfGlobal

jonathan eizyk

is a recent graduate from Northern Kentucky University, where he received a degree in History, with a special focus on Geography and Middle East/North African Studies. He has a strong passion for the Middle East and world affairs, security, and conflict resolution. He also dedicates time to learning the Arabic language (with an emphasis on Arabic dialectology).

Born in Israel, but raised in America, Jonathan holds dual American-Israeli citizenship. At age 20. he returned to Israel during which time he learned Hebrew.  He also served two-and-a-half years in an elite combat unit in the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF), followed by a year with the Israeli Ministry of Defense. His time and experiences in the region instilled in him a healthy respect for and understanding of both sides of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

TWITTER: @JonEizyk


helen huang

is a contributing journalist pursing a degree at American University in international studies with a concentration in U.S. foreign policy and a regional focus on the Middle East. She is also pursuing a minor in Applied Physics and Arabic Language. Her interests are global human rights, the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, the spread of jihadism, and regional instability in the Middle East and North Africa. 

After graduation, she plans to serve in the U.S. Army reserves before pursuing a Masters in International Security and a career in foreign policy research and analysis. 

TWITTER: @Helene_serena

lana ramadan

is a contributing journalist and recent graduate from the University of California, Berkeley, where she received two degrees in Political Science, with a special focus on International Relations, and Middle Eastern Studies.

Lana is passionate about human rights and women's advocacy, especially in the MENA region. Lana has dedicated much of her previous research on Syrian refugees in Turkey.

AUSTIN BRYAN

previously served as the managing editor of the Technician from 2014 – 2015. He was also on the editorial board for two-years, and co-authored editorials on a variety of topics relating to higher education. This included editorials on topics such as free speech, hate crimes, campus racism, and adjunct professors.

He was born in North Carolina and is a Park Scholar and Caldwell Fellow at North Carolina State University. Austin will graduate with a degree in African Studies and currently resides in Kampala, Uganda where he is conducting a twelve-month ethnographic research project at The AIDS Support Organization-Uganda.

TWITTER: @AUSTINBRYAN

Jessamy Nichols

was a contributor to TNCR as an Africa Correspondent. She graduated in 2013 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she graduated with majors in Global Studies and Political Science, and a minor in African Studies.

 Jessamy contributed many of her articles during her stay in Northern Uganda where she work in communications for a nonprofit.  She has traveled extensively throughout East Africa and has worked in international affairs in Washington, DC. Her interests include global human rights issues, international conflict resolution, African politics, regional instability, and multilateral institution behavior.

Twitter:@ JessamyNichols


Sarah Joanne Jakubowski

is an Africa correspondent living and working in Accra, Ghana. Sarah is dedicated to improving the human condition through education and by making world issues and scientific findings more accessible to the public.

Sarah is passionate about human rights, global health issues, and art. Upon her return, she will resume her studies in English, Philosophy and Anthropology at East Carolina University in Greenville, NC.

Twitter: @SJJakubowski

Olivia Elswick

is a contributing journalist and Asia Correspondent. Most recently she worked in India at a rehabilitation center for former child laborers. She is currently employed in Yanji, China, on the border of North Korea where she has been reporting on events in the region.

Olivia is passionate about art, literature, traveling, and social justice. A recent graduate of Clemson University in South Carolina, she studied Writing & Publication Studies, and Communications.

Twitter: @OCElswick

Vineeta Tiwari

is a contributing journalist living and reporting from India. She is passionate about issues facing emerging economies and employment markets. She is a computer science graduate who chose to become a writer because of her interest in global economic initiatives and world affairs.

Vineeta writes about immigration and employment opportunities available in the countries of the Arabian Gulf region and their growing prominence in global affairs. 

Twitter: @vinita1204

Allyson Cartwright

is a contributing journalist. She is a third-year student at the University of Virginia where she is studying English with a minor in Middle Eastern Studies.

Allyson is passionate about human rights issues, specifically the cultural impediments to achieving equality for women in the Middle East. These include economic freedoms, as well as a lessening of restrictions on basic activities such as driving and sports. After graduation, she plans on pursuing a career in journalism.

Twitter@allysoncwright


Chrycka Harper

is our Poet & Social Commentator. She spent a year living and studying in South Africa where she will report on events occurring on the Continent, and continue to provide social commentary through poetry and prose.

Chrycka Harper was born and raised in Wichita, KS, and is a Psychology Bachelor of Science candidate attending Howard University. Her interests include writing about significant personal issues and observations through poetry and prose, reading, eating/cooking, learning more about the unknown. After undergrad, she plans to pursue a research career in the Neuropsychology.

Twitter: @Chrycka_Harper

Anshuman Kukreti

is a contributing journalist and professional writer. He is a keen follower of the global job market. An engineer by qualification, he is a new contributor to TNCR. Anshuman writes on various topics related to the Middle East, and most notably on potential strategies to achieve stability in the Middle East through increased synergy between nations.

He also helps job seekers around the world by providing timely updates on employment opportunities and insight into the current state of affairs in the countries he follows. Anshuman is based in the Persian Gulf region.

TWITTER: @ANSHUMANKUKRETI

michael ransom

Michael Ransom is a Contributing Writer and a recent graduate of The College of William & Mary, where he studied English.

His interests include intercultural exchange, environmental justice, gender equality, and equal sentencing in the criminal justice arena.

 

Twitter: @Mandrewransom

 

Sophie Okolo

Sophie Okolo is a Health Correspondent. She holds a Master of Public Health in Community Health Education and has worked on different issues including Alzheimer’s disease, childhood cancer and health care policy.

Sophie blogs at Global Health Aging where she highlights a broad range of research, news and original commentary on aging and health issues from around the world.

TWITTER: @sophieokolo