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IR Insider is a production of NYU's International Relations Society. Our goal is to explain and discuss issues in IR in an engaging and thought-provoking fashion. We are written by students, for students, about issues students care about. 




Sabrina he

Sabrina is a former President of IR Society and Editor-in-Chief of IR Insider. She currently works under the editorial team of Foreign Affairs, the foreign policy magazine published by the Council on Foreign Relations. Sabrina graduated in May 2018 as a double major in International Relations Honors and French. Fluent in English, Chinese, and French, she has worked in the fields of public relations, intellectual property, and immigration law before joining HRNK to do research on North Korea. For her senior honors thesis, she worked closely with Professor Rosendorff on China's activities in Africa. In her free time, she likes to keep up with this blog by her professor friend James Nolt from World Policy Institute. Starting in September, she will pursue a M.S. in journalism at the Columbia Journalism School. 



Kartika served as Alumni Relations and Event Development Chair of IR Society and Managing Editor for IR INSIDER. She graduated in May 2018 as a pre-med student majoring in Neuroscience/Psychology. During her senior year she worked at the Center for Neural Science where she researched the neural computations underlying decision making. In the past, she has worked as a Press Office Intern for the New York County District Attorney's office. On weekends, she can be found playing chess in the park, biking along the Hudson River trail, or binge eating Indian food.


Fei Zhao

Fei Zhao graduated in May 2018 as a Neuroscience major with minors in Chemistry and Psychology. She is a former treasurer for IR Society as well as a managing editor and writer for IR Insider. Fei currently works at NYU's Center for Neuroscience at the Movshon lab doing research on the effects of adaptive stimuli on visual texture discrimination.  In her free time, when she's not busy recovering from sleep deprivation, she enjoys figure skating, binge-watching TV shows, and playing piano.

Xiying Huangfu

Xiying is a former President of IR Society and Editor-in-Chief for IR INSIDER. She graduated in May 2019 as a double major in International Relations and Economics with a minor in French. She enjoys exploring cultures through the perspectives of languages and has studied abroad in Florence, Buenos Aires, and Paris. She interned for the U.S. Foreign Policy Department at the Council on Foreign Relations. During her free time, she enjoys cooking and boxing. She also loves traveling and has been to more than 30 countries all around the world. Her LinkedIn profile can be found via this link.

petra szepesi

Petra is a former Vice President of IR Society and Editor-in-Chief for IR INSIDER. She graduated in May 2019 as a double major in International Relations and Economics. She is passionate about advocating for human rights, and also has a deep interest in foreign affairs and diplomacy.




Amber Wang East Asia

Daphne Schermer Eastern and Central Europe

Vanessa Chestnut Latin America

Daniela Weinstein North America (Spring 2018)

Shira Tarlo North America (Fall 2017)

Nicole Link Western Europe

Zein Nasser Middle East - North Africa

Jasmine Arielle Ting Southeast Asia - Oceania

Xan Northcott Sub-Saharan Africa

Kartika Upadhyaya Science and Technology

Emma Zhang Economics and Business

Coco Wang Events

Forrest Ferguson Foreign News Monitoring (Fall 2017)

Kathleen Shea Foreign News Monitoring (Spring 2018)


Zhenming Tian East Asia

Uriel Lee East Asia

Xianbo Wu East Asia

Paul Bao East Asia

Grace Kuang Eastern and Central Europe

Natalie Chun Latin America

Leigh Anderson North America

Diya Jiang South Asia

Helen You Western Europe

Rowena Henley Western Europe

Zoie Brauser Middle East - North Africa

Jared Shadeed Middle East - North Africa

Euan McArdle Southeast Asia - Oceania

Jonah Harris Sub-Saharan Africa

Jenna Feldman Sub-Saharan Africa

Alexa Mamoulides Music and Culture

Jerry Xia Environment

Chelsey Sanchez Environment

Renee Firth Events

Pooja Nayyar Events

Olivia Moore UN/State/White House Monitoring