About NMUN

NMUN Board of Directors

Clarissa Estep
Clarissa Estep
President
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Crissy is an Associate Professor of Political Science at West Virginia University where she directs the Model United Nations program. She received her doctorate in Political Science with a focus in International Relations and International Political Economy. A West Virginia University (WVU) faculty member since 2006, she served as the assistant director of the Multidisciplinary Studies Program, currently serves as the director of the International Studies Program (an interdisciplinary major with approximately 200 students), and serves as a WVU faculty senator. In addition to her Model United Nations course, she often teaches Introduction to International Relations, Global Political Issues, and Capstone courses. Her current research focuses on experiential education and innovative teaching techniques and their link to bridging social capital. Crissy is engaged in her community as a Rotarian and a Scout leader.
Richard Murgo
Richard Murgo
Vice President
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Richard Murgo became Dean Emeritus of Behavioral, Social Sciences and Education at Tallahassee Community College, retiring in 2021. Dr. Murgo joined the faculty of TCC in 1994 as an assistant professor, later becoming professor of political science. He subsequently became the college’s Director of Academic Enrichment, latterly promoted to Associate Dean of Social Sciences. Dr. Murgo was selected as the Dean of the College of Social Sciences in 2017.  He holds master’s degrees in political science from Florida State University and in Applied Economics from the University of Central Florida. He received his Ph.D. from Florida State University. Dr. Murgo served as faculty Senate President 2005-2006, has served as the dual enrollment education coordinator of the statewide Florida Boys State and Girls State programs, and was advisor and co-founder for the TCC Model United Nations program at Tallahassee Community College. He founded and developed a faculty exchange program with Tianjin Foreign Studies University, as well as developed partnerships with other colleges for students study abroad programs in China and the Czech Republic. Dr. Murgo has also served on the United Nations Association of American Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Community Colleges Committee. Dr. Murgo served has served as president, treasurer, and currently vice president of the National Model United Nations Board of Directors.  He is a current member of the Executive Board of Directors of the Florida Political Science Association, a former board member for the Florida College System Activities Association, a current member of the Holocaust Education Resource Council board of directors, well as a member of the Board of Directors for Tallahassee Southern Model United Nations Association. He is the political contributor for WXTL, ABC News affiliate for Tallahassee and Southern Georgia. Dr. Murgo has presented numerous papers including, “United Nations Human Rights Treaties: Obligations and Compliance” and most recently, “EU-China Relations: Balancing Economic Opportunities with Political Challenges”. Richard Murgo is the recipient of the 2012 NICSOD Excellence in Teaching award, as well as the 2011 recipient of the Tallahassee Community College Club Advisor of the Year award.

Eric Cox
Eric Cox
Treasurer
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Eric is an Associate Professor of Political Science at Texas Christian University, where he also directs the Model United Nations program. He received his Ph.D. and M.A. at the University of Virginia, and his B.A. at Austin College where he participated in Model United Nations as a student. He teaches Introduction to International Politics, Game Theory in International Relations, United Nations Institutions and Processes, and International Organizations Research. His first book, Why Enduring Rivalries Do---or Don't---End, examines the factors that lead rival states to the negotiating table through a comparison of rivalry relationships in the Middle East and Latin America. His current research focuses on the United Nations Human Rights Council.

Thera J. Watson
Thera J. Watson
Secretary
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Thera earned her Bachelor's Degree in International Studies, minor Japanese Studies, and her Masters in Political Science from Georgia Southern University. Thera has 14 years of NMUN conference experience. She participated as a delegate, as well as served as a member of the NMUN volunteer staff for 8 years at our conference in New York. During her time on staff, she served in several roles from Director to Secretary-General. Thera also served as the Deputy Secretary-General at our conference in the Czech Republic. Thera joined the NMUN Board of Directors in 2016. Outside of her involvement with NMUN, Thera currently works as an analyst within the Center for Surveillance, Epidemiology and Laboratory Services at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta.

Francine J. D'Amico
Francine J. D'Amico
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Francine is Teaching Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies in International Relations at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs of Syracuse University. She received her PhD and MA from Cornell University (Ithaca NY) and BA from William Smith College (Geneva NY). She teaches courses on international law and organizations, global governance and the United Nations system, international security and diplomacy, and Latin America and the Caribbean.

Her research projects include analysis of the 2016 UN Secretary-General election process and human rights/SOGIE issues. Recent publications include “LGBTQ and (Dis)United Nations: Sexual and Gender Minorities, International Law, and UN Politics,” in Sexualities in World Politics: How LGBTQ Claims Shape International Relations, eds. Picq and Thiel (New York: Routledge, 2015: Chapter 3: 54-74) and “Critical Feminism: Gender-at-Work in Waging War,” in Making Sense of International Relations Theory 2E (Iraq), ed. Sterling-Folker (Boulder, CO: Rienner, 2013: 283-299).

She serves as faculty advisor for the Syracuse University-Maxwell School Model UN Club and Team, OXFAM@SU, UNICEF@SU, Alpha Chi chapter of Sigma Iota Rho Honor Society for International Studies, and International Relations Learning Community.

S. Rashid Naim
S. Rashid Naim
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Dr. S. Rashid Naim is a Principal Senior Lecturer in the Political Science Department at Georgia State University

Dr. Naim was born and brought up in India. He earned his undergraduate degree in history with honors from the Aligarh Muslim University in India, a Master’s degree in International Studies from the Jawaharlal Nehru University in India. He also earned another Masters in International Relations from the Australian National University and his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Dr. Naim has taught and held research positions at the Centre for Islamic Studies at Oxford University in the UK, at the University of California Santa Cruz, and Union College in upstate New York. He has been with the Department of Political Science at Georgia State University since 1993.

Dr. Naim’s areas of research and teaching are International Relations, religion and politics, Middle East politics, international relations of the Middle East, South Asian politics and Nuclear Proliferation. He is also a consultant on matters pertaining to Islam, the Middle East and South Asia.

Dr. Naim founded the Model United Nations and the Model Arab League Programs at Georgia State University and has run them for the past 16 years.

In 2017 Dr. Naim won the Georgia State University Faculty Award for Global Engagement and the Georgia State University College of Arts and Science Outstanding Teaching Award.

Patrick Parsons
Patrick Parsons
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Patrick is currently the manager of government affairs for The American Waterways Operators, a maritime trade association headquartered in the Washington, D.C. metro area. He earned bachelors degrees in International Relations and Animal & Nutritional Sciences from West Virginia University and his juris doctor from American University's Washington College of Law.

Patrick's involvement with NMUN has spanned a decade of involvement in every type of NMUN conference as a delegate and member of the volunteer staff at conferences in New York, Washington DC, Quito, Rome, and Xi'an. During his time on staff, Patrick served in several roles from Assistant Director to Secretary-General of NMUN•DC in 2015 and NMUN•NY in 2017, and Deputy Secretary-General of NMUN • China in 2018. 
Tina M. Zappile
Tina M. Zappile
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Tina is an Associate Professor of Political Science at Stockton University in New Jersey where she teaches undergraduate courses in international relations, international political economy, global governance, quantitative research methods, and an interdisciplinary first-year course on global challenges. Tina holds an M.A. in Political Science from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and an M.A. in Economics and PhD in Political Science from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She is the founding advisor of Stockton’s Model UN program, campus liaison for the State Department’s Diplomacy Lab program, and co-facilitator for the Stockton Critical Thinking Institute (SCTI). Her research on international financial institutions and scholarship on teaching and learning has appeared in World Development, International Studies Perspectives, and Routledge’s RIPE Series in Global Political Economy. She is the lead author of " Global Challenges: Promise & Peril in the 21st Century", a digital textbook/course published in Smart Sparrow’s adaptive learning platform (blendedcourses.org). Tina is the recipient of Stockton’s 2016 Faculty of the Year Award.
Dominika Ziemczonek
Dominika Ziemczonek
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Dominika is currently working as an Allard Prize Manager with the Allard Prize for International Integrity. She has been involved with NMUN since 2012 and has served on the New York volunteer staff for 8 years, most recently as Deputy Secretary-General for NMUN•NY 2019. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and Political Science from the University of British Columbia and a Master of International Affairs from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Switzerland.

Michael Eaton
Michael Eaton
Executive Director (Ex-Officio)
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Michael has served as full-time Executive Director of NMUN since 2004 and has helped expand its annual programming to include more than 5,000 college participants. Prior to his current position, he was the Director of Enrollment Services and Marketing for the Higher Education Consortium for Urban Affairs (www.hecua.org), an educational nonprofit offering social justice-based off-campus study programs.

He began his undergraduate studies at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and attended NMUN as a student delegate. He ultimately received his B.A. in Economics, summa cum laude, from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN and his M.A. in Nonprofit Management and the scholar award from Hamline University in St. Paul, MN. Additional honors include being named a Truman Scholar. He is (slowly) completing a doctorate in International Education at the University of Minnesota (ABD).

Michael has served as an adjunct faculty member at Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota; a Trustee of the Center for UN Reform Education, a board member and past-President of the United Nations Association of Minnesota, as well as multiple terms on the National Council of UNA-USA. He resides in Minnesota.

Chaldeans Mensah
Chaldeans Mensah
Past President (Ex-Officio)
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Chaldeans is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at MacEwan University in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. He received his doctorate in Political Science from the University of Alberta in 1990. A faculty member with MacEwan University since 1991, he has served on the university's board of governors. He is also a graduate of the Academy for Leadership Training and Development (Chair Academy, 2001) and Academy for Advanced Leadership (Chair Academy, 2010).

In 1996, Chaldeans was awarded the Canadian Immigration Award in recognition of his teaching excellence and promotion of lifelong learning. In the same year he was recognized at the University with a distinguished instructor award. In 2005, Chaldeans received the MacEwan Medallion, the highest recognition awarded to a MacEwan University employee. In the following year, he was conferred one of the Alberta Centennial Medals in the category of education in recognition of his outstanding service to the people and province of Alberta.

In 2007, Chaldeans received the Award of Distinction for Internationalizing Teaching and Learning Practice from the Department of Advanced Education and Technology to recognize his efforts in assisting Albertans to acquire the international and intercultural knowledge, especially for his work in promoting UN simulation through the MacEwan University Model UN. He has served on the board of the United Nations Association in Canada (Edmonton branch) in different capacities for over twenty years. Chaldeans is a keen observer of politics at all levels, and is periodically called upon by the provincial and national media to offer reflections on political developments.

Staff

Michael Eaton
Michael Eaton
Executive Director
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Michael has served as full-time Executive Director of NMUN since 2004 and has helped expand its annual programming to include more than 5,000 college participants. Prior to his current position, he was the Director of Enrollment Services and Marketing for the Higher Education Consortium for Urban Affairs (www.hecua.org), an educational nonprofit offering social justice-based off-campus study programs.

He began his undergraduate studies at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and attended NMUN as a student delegate. He ultimately received his B.A. in Economics, summa cum laude, from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN and his M.A. in Nonprofit Management and the scholar award from Hamline University in St. Paul, MN. Additional honors include being named a Truman Scholar. He is (slowly) completing a doctorate in International Education at the University of Minnesota (ABD).

Michael has served as an adjunct faculty member at Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota; a Trustee of the Center for UN Reform Education, a board member and past-President of the United Nations Association of Minnesota, as well as multiple terms on the National Council of UNA-USA. He resides in Minnesota.

Paul VanCura
Paul VanCura
Director of Programs
Jess Hopeman
Jess Hopeman
Program Associate
Jeri Lu Mattson
Jeri Lu Mattson
Financial Manager

NMUN Advisory Council

Pamela Falk
Pamela Falk
UN Resident Correspondent, CBS News TV & Radio
Qazi Shaukat Fareed
Qazi Shaukat Fareed
Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean Ambassador to the UN
Linda Fasulo
Linda Fasulo
NPR - UN Bureau, Independent Correspondent Author, "An Insider's Guide to the UN" (Yale University Press)
Bonian Golmohammadi
Bonian Golmohammadi
Secretary-General, World Federation of United Nations Associations (WFUNA)
H. Stephen Halloway
H. Stephen Halloway
Director, Center for Comparative Legislative Management, International Law Institute
Millie Meyers
Millie Meyers
Retired Outreach Coordinator, United States Mission to the UN
Rachel Bowen Pittman
Rachel Bowen Pittman
Executive Director, United Nations Association-USA
Prof. Richard Reitano
Prof. Richard Reitano
President Emeritus, NMUN Board
The Hon. Douglas Roche
The Hon. Douglas Roche
Former Canadian Parliamentarian and Diplomat
Hina Shamsi
Hina Shamsi
American Civil Liberties Union
Chris Whatley
Chris Whatley
Executive Director, HALO-USA
Kate White
Kate White
World Federation of United Nations Associations (WFUNA)
Robert Windrem
Robert Windrem
NBC News

NMUN•NY Advisory Group

Prof. Pam Chasek
Prof. Pam Chasek
Manhattan College, New York, USA
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Pam is the co-founder and Executive Editor of the Earth Negotiations Bulletin and Professor of Political Science at Manhattan College in New York. She has published numerous articles and book chapters on developing country capacity building for environmental negotiations, scientific uncertainty in negotiations, professional cultures in negotiations, land degradation and the UNCCD, and various environmental treaties and negotiating processes. Her most recent books are: Global Environmental Politics, 8th edition (Routledge 2021); Transforming Multilateral Diplomacy: The Inside Story of the Sustainable Development Goals (Routledge 2018); and The Roads from Rio: Lessons Learned from Twenty Years of Multilateral Environmental Negotiation (Routledge, 2012). 
Eugene Chen
Eugene Chen
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Eugene is an expert on the inner workings of the United Nations and its intergovernmental bodies. He previously served as lead negotiator for the U.S. Government at the United Nations General Assembly on subjects including peacekeeping operations, administrative and budgetary questions, and institutional reform. For his achievements in multilateral negotiations at the United Nations, he was awarded the Superior Honor Award as well as multiple Meritorious Honor Awards from the U.S. Department of State. He currently works in the United Nations Secretariat, where he has served in numerous roles at Headquarters and in peacekeeping operations. Eugene holds a BA in Government and MPA from Cornell University.
Alfred 'Alfie' Jones
Alfred 'Alfie' Jones
SG, NMUN•NY 2021
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Alfie is originally from the UK, and has been living in Berlin, Germany since 2013. He studied Modern History & Politics as an undergraduate at Royal Holloway, University of London, before completing an MA in History at the University of Bristol. He now works as a Product Manager at Airsiders, a travel technology firm. Alfie joined NMUN volunteer staff in 2012. His most recent position at NMUN • New York was Secretary-General for the 2021 conference.

Philip Lehmann
Philip Lehmann
University of Bamberg, Germany
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Philip is a Research Associate and PhD candidate in the field of Human Resource Management and Organisational Behaviour at the University of Bamberg in Germany. In this role, he has been honored to work in an international team and support cross-cultural projects where he interacts and collaborates with faculty members and students from around the world. He had his first NMUN experience in 2011 when he was a delegate himself. Ever since, he has been fascinated about the impact NMUN can have on a student’s life. 
Clarissa Manning Iliff
Clarissa Manning Iliff
DSG, NMUN•NY 2020; SG, NMUN•NY 2021
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Clarissa is originally from Apple Valley, California where she attended Victor Valley College and participated as a delegate at NMUN•NY for two years. She then transferred to UCLA where she studied political science and public policy, earning her BA in Political Science and her Master’s in Public Policy. She now co-operates BOTEC Analysis, a consulting firm providing policy analysis and implementation advisory services. Clarissa joined the NMUN•NY volunteer staff in 2011. Her most recent position at NMUN • New York was Secretary-General for the 2021 conference.

Prof. Roni Kay M. O’Dell
Prof. Roni Kay M. O’Dell
Seton Hill University, Pennsylvania, USA
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Roni Kay is an Associate Professor of Political Science which involves teaching and publications in International Relations, Development/Comparative Politics, and Human Rights. She holds a PhD and MA from the University of Denver, Josef Korbel School of International Studies, and MA in International Policy Studies from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies. Her professional background includes posts as Assistant and Associate Professor, and several posts in non-profit organizations. She has filled leadership roles in Amnesty International committees and the International Studies Association, Global Development Section. She has been involved in leading MUN teams at two universities, with six years of experience as advisor/faculty of MUN clubs and field study. Further, she has experience in organizing/leading teams as the Seton Hill University Program Coordinator for the Political Science/Global Studies Department, and as Chair of several Seton Hill University committees.
María Luisa “Malu” Ortega
María Luisa “Malu” Ortega
SG, NMUN•NY 2020
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Malu is from Quito, Ecuador where she currently works as Chief of International Cooperation for the Pichincha Provincial Government. She holds a BA in International Relations from Universidad San Francisco de Quito and a MA in International Relations with a focus in International Security and Human Rights from FLACSO-Ecuador. Malu has volunteered with NMUN•NY since 2011 and has participated as a volunteer staff in three international NMUN conferences. She served as Secretary-General for NMUN•NY 2020.
Prof. Narges Rabii-Rakin
Prof. Narges Rabii-Rakin
Santiago Canyon College, California, USA
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Narges is an educator with 20 years of experience, who lives by the principles of equity, diversity and inclusion which she uses to enrich the student environment and provide rich and dynamic learning. Emphasizing collaboration, she incorporates diversity to engage students in the classroom and challenge them outside the classroom so that they can learn to think critically, be responsible citizens, realize their own goals and learn social responsibility because they will be the leaders of tomorrow. She plans and develops instructional programs and curricula; coordinates the faculty, staff and facilities to implement; and evaluate the results to create a cycle of continuous improvement. As an educator, she is committed to putting students first, guiding them to successful completion of programs and projects that enhance their educational experience. As a leader, she is committed to social justice and equality. She founded the Model United Nations program at Santiago Canyon College where she empowered and motivated a diverse group of students to thrive academically and professionally. She created new departments as well as new courses and programs within the Social Sciences when she saw the need without being asked to do so. She believes taking the initiative is key to good leadership and essential in developing and implementing a strategic vision.

Prof. Marc Scarcelli
Prof. Marc Scarcelli
California State Polytechnic University Pomona (Cal Poly Pomona), California, USA
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Marc is an Associate Professor of Political Science, specializing in International Relations. He teaches courses on a range of global topics, including International War, Ethnic Conflict, Terrorism, Transnational Crime, and Environmental Security. He also maintains a strong personal interest in matters of extreme poverty, stemming from his previous experience with development work in Haiti. 
Marleen Schreier
Marleen Schreier
DSG, NMUN•NY 2021
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Marleen currently works as a Senior Livelihoods Officer at the International Rescue Committee, where she manages employment, financial inclusion, and integration initiatives for refugees and asylum seekers in Germany. She previously worked for the Tent Partnership for Refugees, Doctors without Borders and the United Nations System Staff College as research fellow. She holds a Master of International Affairs from Columbia University and a Master of Public Policy from the Hertie School of Governance. She joined the NMUN•NY volunteer staff in 2014 and served as DSG of NMUN • Germany 2019. Her most recent position at NMUN • New York was Deputy Secretary-General for the 2021 conference.
Lauren Shaw
Lauren Shaw
DSG, NMUN•NY 2018 and 2020
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Lauren currently works as a Project Coordinator at the University of Michigan's Institute for Social Research, where she manages randomized controlled trials of programs aimed at increasing labor force participation and reducing violent crime. She previously worked on impact evaluations of K-12 education policies in the United States. Lauren began volunteering with NMUN in July 2011 and has staffed 13 conferences, including serving as SG of NMUN•DC 2016 and DSG of NMUN•NY 2018 and 2020. She holds a Master in Public Policy from Georgetown University and a BA in Political Science and Foreign Service from Alma College.
Angela M. Shively
Angela M. Shively
SG, NMUN•NY 2020
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Angela attended Lone Star College - Kingwood and the University of Houston where she studied Political Science. She currently resides in Dallas, Texas where she works in multi-family real estate and property management. She has volunteered with NMUN•NY since 2011 and has volunteered with the NMUN•DC conference since 2013 having served as Secretary-General in 2017 and 2018. She served as Secretary-General for NMUN•NY 2020. 
Prof. Maria Struble
Prof. Maria Struble
Western Colorado University, Colorado, USA
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Maria is an International Relations trained scholar specializing in migration, refugee studies, critical security, human rights and theories of the state. She teaches at Western Colorado University, a small liberal arts university in the high mountains of Colorado. She has served as senator on Faculty Senate, as the Director of the Center for Teaching Excellence, and as Politics and Model UN Club advisor. She is also a manuscript reviewer for Rowman and Littlefield. Her full length manuscript, Politics of Bodies at Risk, Rowman and Littlefield (2019), deals with experiences of people (refugees and trafficking survivors, to name two) crossing borders and dealing with risk/insecurity.

She is of Bulgarian nationality and has studied in Bulgaria, France, Great Britain, and the United States. Her international education experience as well as her engagement in research in Asia and Eastern Europe make her uniquely positioned to provide advice and training to Model UN delegates. She studied at Louisiana State University where she earned her B.A. in English Literature and Political Science, she earned her M.A. in International Relations at Arizona State University, and her Ph.D. in International Relations at Lancaster University.

Stéphanie Toschi
Stéphanie Toschi
DSG, NMUN•NY 2020 and 2021
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Stéphanie, originally from Luxembourg, holds a BA in political science from the University of Bonn, an MA in international relations from Université Libre de Bruxelles, and an Advanced MA in EU Diplomacy from the College of Europe, Bruges Campus. She recently joined the Luxembourgish Foreign Service as a desk officer in the Political Affairs Directorate. She has been on NMUN•NY Volunteer Staff since 2015. Her most recent position at NMUN • New York was Deputy Secretary-General for the 2021 conference.
Prof. Karen Vogel
Prof. Karen Vogel
Professor Emerita, Hamline University, Minnesota, USA
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Professor Vogel completed her Bachelor’s degree in Political Studies and English from Pitzer College, Claremont, CA in 1980. She finished her M.A. in Political Science in 1982 and Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Oregon, in 1986.  She was an assistant professor at the University of Vermont and Washington State University before coming to Hamline University in St. Paul, MN in 1989 where she taught a variety of courses in comparative politics, gender politics, and international organizations. Professor Vogel received tenure at Hamline University in 1995 and was promoted to full professor in 2001. Retiring in 2016, she was honored as Professor Emerita in 2017.  During her career, she was recognized for her teaching, receiving the Hamline University Burton and Ruth Grimes Teaching Award, the Hamline University Student Congress Faculty Member of the Year Award, and the Hamline University First Year Seminar Academic Advising Award. Professor Vogel served as Director of Hamline University’s Model United Nations for several years, building the team from an ad hoc student group to a full academic program including a class and annual lecture/panel series.  She advised and brought teams every year to National Model UN from about 1991 to 2015.  In 2010, she was a Delegate for the United Nations Association of the USA to the 54th Session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women and Review of Beijing+15, United Nations, New York.  In 2012, Professor Vogel was elected to the National Model UN Faculty Advisory Board, and in 2015 became a permanent member of the NMUN Faculty Advisory Group. She also authored the first NMUN Faculty/Delegation Leader Preparation Guide in 2014. After her retirement from Hamline University, she continue to volunteer regularly with National Model UN.

NMUN•DC Advisory Group

Prof. Pam Chasek
Prof. Pam Chasek
Manhattan College, New York
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Pam is the co-founder and Executive Editor of the Earth Negotiations Bulletin and Professor of Political Science at Manhattan College in New York. She has published numerous articles and book chapters on sustainable development, developing country capacity building for environmental negotiations, land degradation and the UNCCD, and various environmental treaties and negotiating processes. Her most recent books are: Global Environmental Politics, 8th edition (Routledge 2021); Transforming Multilateral Diplomacy: The Inside Story of the Sustainable Development Goals (Routledge 2018);  and The Roads from Rio: Lessons Learned from Twenty Years of Multilateral Environmental Negotiation (Routledge, 2012).
Prof. Jennifer De Maio
Prof. Jennifer De Maio
California State University, Northridge
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Jennifer De Maio (Ph.D. University of California, Los Angeles, 2005) is Professor of Political Science at California State University, Northridge.  She holds a MSc in International Relations from the London School of Economics and a BA in English and History from Georgetown University. Professor De Maio’s research focuses on African Politics, specifically on ethnic civil wars and conflict management. Before beginning a career in academia, Professor De Maio worked as a journalist for ABC News and NHK Japan Broadcasting Corporation. She has been the advisor for CSUN's Model United Nations team since 2013.

Professor De Maio is the author of Confronting Ethnic Conflict: The Role of Third Parties in Managing Africa's Civil Wars and co-author of the textbook This Land Is Your Land: Introduction to American Government and Politics. She is also the co-editor of the book Sustainability in Sub-Saharan Africa: Problems, Perspectives, and Prospects. Professor De Maio has published and presented papers on ethnic politics, civil wars and peacebuildng in Africa, including an article on the relationship between urban space and conflict management for the journal “Urbana,” a piece on the problem of exclusivity in peace processes which appeared in the journal "Civil Wars," a chapter on the role of youth people in African Politics in the book Civic Youth Work: Co-Creating Democratic Youth Spaces, an article on the transnationalization of conflict in Darfur for African Studies Quarterly, and a manuscript on preventive diplomacy published in World Affairs. In addition, she co-authored an article on the long-term learning benefits of participating in Model United Nation programs which appeared in the Journal of Political Science Education. 

Chase Mitchell
Chase Mitchell
SG, NMUN•DC 2019
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Chase Mitchell works as Senior Analyst at Creative Associates International, an international development organization and implementing partner for USAID. A Maryland resident, Chase is originally from Wisconsin and a graduate of the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, where he earned a degree in Economics and Global Business. He has served as a volunteer for both NMUN•DC and NMUN•NY since 2015.
Prof. Jeffrey S. Morton
Prof. Jeffrey S. Morton
Florida Atlantic University
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Jeffrey S. Morton is a Professor of Political Science at Florida Atlantic University and a Fellow at the Foreign Policy Association. He received his M.A. degree from Rutgers University and his Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina. Jeffrey directs the Leon Charney Diplomacy Program, which participates in the National Model United Nations simulation in Washington, D.C. and New York.

Angela Shively
Angela Shively
SG, NMUN•DC 2017 and 2018
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Angela attended Lone Star College - Kingwood and the University of Houston where she studied Political Science. She currently resides in Dallas, Texas where she works in multi-family real estate and property management. She has volunteered with NMUN•NY since 2011 and has volunteered with the NMUN•DC conference since 2013 having served as Secretary-General in 2017 and 2018.
Daniel Sweeney
Daniel Sweeney
SG, NMUN•DC 2020
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Daniel is a Sr. Coordinator, Program Operations in Save the Children's Department of Global Health. He completed his M.A. in International Development Studies from the George Washington University in December 2019. Daniel was born and currently lives in Arlington, VA and has been a volunteer staffer with NMUN since 2015.