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Graduate Society in International Studies


The Graduate Society for International Studies (GSIS) seeks to create greater unity among graduate students in international studies through academic and professional opportunities; connections to faculty, ODU administrators, student government, and the community; and fellowship among students in the Graduate Program for International Studies.

It bears highlighting that every student enrolled in the Graduate Program in International Studies at ODU is automatically a member of GSIS.

We envision the GSIS as a common forum for its members serving three broad functions: social interaction, academic/professional enhancement and community outreach. As an academic/professional society, GSIS will work as a conduit to the GPIS faculty. We will hold interaction programs where members can engage with the professors informally

Finally, as a community organization, GSIS would provide outreach to the larger ODU community. We envision participating in community activities in the University and the area, co-hosting of social events with other organizations and advocating for better support for graduate students. GSIS would also serve as the link between current students and our valued alumni. In the end, we once again thank all the members for your support and look forward to your participation in our events and activities. We hope you will provide feedback and offer us new ideas to pursue in the future.

This is your Society and only your engagement will make it stronger and more effective in the future. If you haven't already, please join the GSIS group in Facebook and also visit our website. And please feel free to email any of us or talk to us in person anytime.

Let's work together for a wonderful year at GPIS!

Meet the Current Officers

Vera Shinard, President

Vera is a third year PhD Student with concentrations in Comparative Politics and International Cultural Studies. Her interests are in African Government and politics, African American studies, and post-colonial literature. She enjoys cooking, watching documentaries, and going to the beach on her free time.

Casey Reca, Vice President

Casey is a third-year PhD Student with a concentration in U.S. Foreign Policy and a minor in Cultural Studies. In her free time, she enjoys reading, binge-watching TV/Films, and collecting vinyl records and CDs.

Guljannat Huseynli, Secretary

Guljannat is a second-year PhD Student majoring in Comparative Cultural & Political Studies with a minor in Conflict & Cooperation. A focus for her research is migration, international cooperation, international organizations, development studies, and feminist foreign policy. She also worked with non-profit organizations such as UNDP. On weekends, you can find her playing badminton or traveling.

Kate Cross, Treasurer

Kate is a fourth-year PhD Student with concentrations in Cultural Studies and Conflict and Cooperation. Her research interests include collective memory and identity, colonial and postcolonial studies. She has love for learning and teaching - and especially enjoy learning from fellow GPIS students and their feedback. On her free time, she enjoys spending time with family, teaching, and practicing yoga.

Andrea Brown, Event Coordinator

Andrea is a 2nd year PhD Student with concentrations in American Foreign Policy & International Relations and Conflict & Cooperation. She is a GTA-Instructor for Introduction to Comparative Government and Politics and an Adam Smith Research Fellow.

Iryna Zhuchenko, Marketing Coordinator

Iryna is a 4th year PhD Student. Her interest in the program falls within the disinformation domain, focusing specifically on Russian disinformation efforts. She is currently interning at Virginia Modeling, Analysis, and Simulation Center focusing on her dissertation research.

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