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DiploLab

About

In fall of 2019, the School of Diplomacy launched the DiploLab, a collaborative research space where Diplomacy students can explore their interests related to the field of international relations, engage with faculty, and apply what they are learning beyond the classroom. Diplolab students pair up with professors in the School of Diplomacy to work together to develop and advance both ongoing and new research projects. The lab fosters a strong professional environment where students gain a deeper understanding of critical global issues and develop practical research skills to prepare them for careers in academia, policy-making, government, nonprofits, and the private sector.  Currently, DiploLab projects include working on the research of Professors Joseph Huddleston, collaborative work with the Center for Peace and Conflict Studies, and an original project led by DiploLab students. DiploLab’s analysis/work has been featured in Foreign Policy, The Washington Post, and Political Violence at a Glance."

Support the DiploLab

As a volunteer research lab, only students who can afford to spend the volunteer hours in the lab can take advantage of this opportunity. When the DiploLab Fund can support the student researchers, this opportunity will become available to students who would otherwise have to work a paying job during these hours. Help the School to create equal opportunity for all students.

Ongoing Projects

  • Original data collection on separatist movements
  • Transcribing faculty interviews with policy decision-makers
  • Survey design and data analysis 
  • Analysis of the conflict in Yemen
  • Examining the military effectiveness of alliances and coalitions in multinational conflicts

Students interested in getting involved with the DiploLab may contact Professor Joseph Huddleston at joseph.huddleston@shu.edu.

Our Students

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Eric Bunce is a junior studying international relations at Seton Hall. Eric also studies Economics and French. He is the show host for the Global Current, Seton Hall’s Global Affairs Podcast, and writes for The Diplomatic Envoy. Eric is interested in conflict studies, refugee flows, foreign policy, and Europe.

Mary Burke

Mary Burke is a sophomore majoring Diplomacy and International Relations with a minor in Women and Gender Studies. Mary is a member of the SHU Honors Program and the Martin Luther King Scholarship Association. She is also an At-Large Senator in the Student Government Association and joining Housing and Residence Life as a Resident Assistant for the 2022-23 school year. In her studies she has focused on international law and human rights, with a focus in women’s rights.

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Jarrett Dang is a senior at Seton Hall University double majoring in Diplomacy & International Relations and Economics with a minor in French. In addition to DiploLab, Jarrett is also the Editor-in-Chief for The Diplomatic Envoy and the Associate Producer at the Global Current. Jarrett previously interned at the United States Mission to the United Nations, where he worked in the Press and Public Diplomacy Section. His areas of interest lie in global human rights, post-conflict reconstruction, and international development.

Jasmine Deleon

Jasmine DeLeon is a sophomore majoring in Diplomacy and International Relations and minoring in Journalism and Asian Studies. She is an Associate Producer for The Global Current and a member of the Buccino Leadership Institute, where she conducts interviews for the Undergraduate Leaders Podcast. Jasmine also writes for The Diplomatic Envoy and The Setonian. Her research interests include women’s rights, climate security, and the role of social media and journalism in global affairs.

Zachary Edwards

Zachary Edwards is a freshman majoring in Diplomacy and International Relations with a minor in Asian Studies. He is a member of the Resilience Integrity Scholarship and Excellence (RISE) program, and his primary interests are in East Asian affairs and international security, specifically Japanese relations.

Keanna Grelicha

Keanna Grelicha is a senior majoring in Diplomacy and International Relations with minors in Cybersecurity and Economics. Keanna is the Vice President of Colleges Against Cancer at Seton Hall. Her interests include counterterrorism and counterintelligence in the cyberspace, and international security.

Nandini Jani

Nandini Jani is a junior majoring in Diplomacy and International Relations with a concentration in Arabic language and culture. She is a representative of the Buccino Leadership Institute and servant-leader in the Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity. Nandini's interests include public international law, ethnic conflict management, and the global development of women's and children's rights.

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Erik Kacprzyk is a graduate student at the school of diplomacy specializing in International Security and Foreign Policy Analysis. In addition to Diplolab, Erik is an associate editor for the Journal of Diplomacy and International Relations. His interests include countering violent extremism and the politics of Eastern European and post-Soviet states.

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Hamzah Khan is a sophomore majoring in diplomacy and international relations. He is a member of the Seton Hall United Nations Association, a contributor to the Global Current, and a writer for The Diplomatic Envoy. His primary interests are in nationalism and decolonization and American foreign policy towards the Middle East.

Nana Kodua

Nana Kodua is a senior majoring in the School of Diplomacy’s 3+2 B.S./M.A International Relations Dual Degree Program with minors in Spanish and Economics. Nana is a resident assistant, Inclusion Alliance peer leader, Division of Volunteer Efforts work-study, and a Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Association scholar and committee co-chair. Her interests include development and relief, conflict and security, and conflict resolution.

Our Alumni

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Eric Criscitelli graduated in 2020 and received his undergraduate degree in Diplomacy & International Relations. He is now a Junior Research Analyst at LexPro Research, where he focuses on background research and due diligence investigations. His experience with the DiploLab and other classwork provided invaluable research and writing skills, which he implements in his current role. In the future, Eric may consider graduate school or moving into the security side of intelligence work.

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Ayse Ergene graduated in 2019 and received her undergraduate degree in Diplomacy and Internationals Relations. She is now a second-year graduate student at American University studying in the International Peace and Conflict Resolution program. Her concentrations are international negotiations and MENA studies. Ayse is also a junior fellow at the Orion Policy Institute, an independent non-profit think tank, and is currently working on a research series on women's role in the Arab uprisings since 2011..

Harshana Ghoorhoo

Harshana Ghoorhoo graduated in 2021 and received her undergraduate degree in Diplomacy and International Relations with additional majors in Modern Languages and Philosophy. currently serves as a research assistant at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, where she focuses on emerging tech, artificial intelligence, and cybersecurity.
 

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Afra Göncüoğlu graduated in 2020 and received her undergraduate degree in Diplomacy and International Relations with a double major in Economics and a minor in Spanish. She is working at the UN Women Turkey Country Office in Ankara and has been admitted to Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs Program, where she will study Energy and Environment with a specialization in Management. Upon graduation, she started working at UN Women Europe and Central Asia Regional Office in Istanbul as a programme intern.

Caroline Hall

Caroline Hall graduated in 2021 and received dual undergraduate and graduate degrees in Diplomacy and International Relations. She is currently working as an Operations Specialist at Global Giving, one of the largest charity non-profits in the world. 

Julia Hallman

Julia Hallman graduated in 2020 and received her undergraduate degree in Diplomacy and International Relations with two minors in Russian and Environmental Studies. Her interests are in climate change, sustainable development, and international security.

Sebastian Kopec

Sebastian Kopec graduated in 2021 and received his undergraduate degree in Diplomacy and International Relations with minors in Russian, Eastern European Studies, and History. He currently serves as the Communications Liaison for Done Waiting, a progressive advocacy group. Sebastian plans to work for the Office of Foreign Missions at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations and eventually pursue graduate school.

Daniela Maquera-Sardon

Daniela Maquera-Sardon graduated in 2021 and received her undergraduate degree in Diplomacy and International Relations with a double major in Economics. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in World and Chinese Economics at Fudan University in Shanghai, China. Daniela is also an intern at Mercy Corps, where she works in the Research and Education division.

Faculty

Joseph HuddlestonR. Joseph Huddleston is an Assistant Professor in the School of Diplomacy and International Relations.  He specializes in diplomacy by rebel groups, dynamics in intrastate conflict, and research design. His current work focuses on diplomatic activities of secessionist, separatist, and self-determination movements, as well as how international actors help or hinder separatist groups apart from diplomatic recognition. He also studies how civilian populations respond to violence and economic disruption in civil war. Dr. Huddleston has published in the Journal of Peace Research, the Journal of Conflict Resolution, The Wall Street Journal, Foreign Policy, Foreign Affairs, as well as in policy reports for government agencies and otherpeer-reviewed outlets.