Past Interns and Visiting Scholars

Corinna Altenburg Corinna Altenburg is a PhD student at the University of Potsdam, Germany and was a visiting researcher at TIE. In 2011 she began her PhD, entitled “Towards low-carbon and resilient cities: the nexus between governance, energy and lifestyles.” Part of the thesis entails the comparison of the metro regions of Berlin and Boston.Before coming to Tufts, Corinna was a research fellow at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, where she was mainly involved with management and analysis of urban energy consumption research, various stakeholder dialogues and consultancy on local climate action plans.She holds an MA in Environmental Management from the Freie Universität Berlin and a BA in European Studies from Technical University Chemnitz and Jagiollonska University Krakow, Poland. She has volunteered and interned in various environmental non-profit organizations and research institutes in India, Mongolia, France, Poland, and Scotland and speaks German, English and Polish.
Margaret McKenzie was the Tufts Environmental Literacy Institute Coordinator for TIE. She is currently pursuing a Masters of Law and Diplomacy at the Fletcher School, with concentrations in negotiations and security studies. Prior to attending Fletcher, Margaret served as an Information and Communications Officer at USAID in Washington, DC. Margaret has extensive overseas experience, and has worked in Amman, Jordan in a leadership capacity for a youth development NGO, where she led successful national conferences and workshops, and recruited Jordanians to work abroad. A graduate of Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, Margaret worked for two years as a Research Assistant at the Institute of Intergovernmental Relations in Canada, and completed a section of the 2009 book, Carbon Pricing and Environmental Federalism. Margaret has traveled to over 30 countries, and speaks French and Levantine Arabic.
Brynna Bolger is a former intern at TIE and a Tufts graduate. She is a double major in Biology and Environmental Studies. Brynna is interested in pursuing a career in wildlife ecology and conservation. She has previously worked at the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge as a natural resources intern. At TIE, she does research for projects associated with TIE and helps maintain records of work done by past and current TIE and WSSS students.
Sarabeth Buckley Sarabeth Buckley is a graduate of Tufts, with B.S. in Biology, Environmental Science, and English (’12). She is currently a research assistant at Boston University.
Denise Chin is the graduate intern at TIE.She contributes to ongoing TIE projects by researching topics and issues pertinent to TIE. She is currently pursuing her masters in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning, with a focus on sustainable food systems. Born and raised in Malaysia, Denise completed her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology at Washington State University. She has volunteered at farms, community gardens and food banks, and interned at a farmers market, which brought together her love for food and interest in sustainability. She is amused by oddly-shaped tomatoes and multi-colored radishes found at farmers markets. She also enjoys traveling.
Brienne Brienne Cignarella is a former Master’s student in the Department of Classics. She is interested in the social history of women and gender studies in antiquity, especially as it appears in Greek archaeology and literature. Alongside her work at TIE, she is involved in teaching ancient history as well as promoting the fine arts in the Boston area through an emerging art review.
Ayesha Dinshaw Ayesha Dinshaw is a graduate of Tufts, Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning (UEP, ’11).Role at TIE: worked on the Climate Change Climate Justice Initiative and TELI
Current Job: Intern for the Vulnerability and Adaptation Initiative at the World Resources Institute. “At WRI, I’m working on a research project intended to shed light on what information decision makers in South Asia really need in order to adapt to climate change… My work at TIE helped me stay aware of what was happening in the world outside of my academic bubble. It exposed me to a range of other issues, which are all interconnected in the environmental field. It also helped me to be comfortable reaching out to people I don’t work with on a regular basis and organizing events.”
Nancy W. Gleason, PhD, is the Funding Strategy Manager for TIE, as well as a Lecturer in Environmental Studies at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and a Lecturer within the Political Science Department at Tufts University.Dr. Gleason also works with TIE and the environmental studies program to enhance support capability of student activities and encourage collaboration across the schools at Tufts. Her research areas relate to sustainable development diplomacy in the context of forests, climate change and water. She serves on the Board of Editors for the AIMS Environmental Science journal. She has a PhD and a MALD from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. She also holds a master’s of science from the London School of Economics and a bachelor’s degree from George Washington University.

Caroline Incledon is a former intern at TIE and a Tufts graduate. She is majoring in Political Science with a minor in Mass Communications and Media Studies. She has previously worked with international NGOs such as Global Policy Forum and Club de Madrid, and became interested in issues of sustainability while working on issues of responsible investment in higher education. At TIE, she works on social media and various communications projects.
Darius Izadpanah is a Communications Specialist at TIE and the IGERT Water Diplomacy PhD Program Coordinator Ad Interim.He recently graduated from the Tufts/ SMFA Combined Degree Program with a BS in Psychology and a BFA in Studio Art in May 2013. He was a Communications intern at TIE for one and a half years while he was a student. Darius grew up in Los Angeles, California, which means he’s pretty much cold all the time in Boston. At TIE, he manages TIE’s social media and visual archives, organizes and executes events, and designs poster and info-graphics.
Kavitha Krishnan Kavitha Krishnan is a Tufts graduate, with M.S. in Engineering Management (’11). She is a former website development intern at TIE, and is currently a User Experience Designer at RSA, The Security Division of EMC in Boston, MA.
Chris Maroshegyi is a strategic development intern at TIE. He is currently pursuing a Masters of Law and Diplomacy Candidate at the Fletcher School, with concentrations in international environment & resource policy, negotiations, and international business relations. Prior to Fletcher, he served as a water program adviser to the United Nations Educational Science and Communications Organization (UNESCO) office in Iraq. As an adviser, he worked closely with the Government of Iraq and the private sector to develop and manage scientific and environmental initiatives, including Iraq’s first National Water Council. Chris holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies, with an Economics and Islamic Civilization concentration, from Boston College. Following graduation, Chris conducted a research based Fulbright Fellowship in Hungary.
Kate Miller is an undergraduate intern at TIE.She is double majoring in Environmental Studies and International Relations and minoring in Foreign Policy Analysis. At TIE, she works on the Faculty Research Digest and supports TIE-affiliated research. Kate grew up outside of Chicago, IL, and spent the last six months studying and eating way too much bread in Paris.
Devyn Powell Devyn Powell is a senior from Portland, Oregon currently pursuing a double major in International Relations and Environmental Studies.She is interested in environmental policy and politics, especially in the realms of climate change and energy. Outside of her studies and her work with TIE, Devyn pursues her environmental passions by working with advocacy groups and campaigns in the Boston area, and she is a leader within the intercollegiate organization Students for a Just and Stable Future. At TIE, some of Devyn’s responsibilities include social media outreach, communications, and graphic design.
Claudia Schwartz is a second-year master’s student at The Fletcher School and works as the TIE alumni liaison.Prior to graduate school she worked in non-profit international development in East Africa and the Horn of Africa, and is now studying ways to promote investment in post-conflict contexts, in particular renewable energy. In addition to her work at TIE she is involved in the Fletcher Africana Club and the Tufts Energy Conference. When she has spare time she enjoys playing music, playing soccer sporadically with the Fletcher Futbol team, and reading rock star memoirs.
Dallase Scott is a Tufts graduate, Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning (UEP) and Environmental Education and Communication (’10).Role at TIE: Graduate Research Intern at TIE and at the Office of Sustainability
Current Job: Sustainability Program Manager at GreenerU. “GreenerU is a company that works with colleges and universities to help them achieve their sustainability goals. We do this both on the infrastructure projects, such as lighting efficiency and retrocommissionaire projects as well as on the human behavior side. My role in the company is on the human behavior side. I work with students, faculty, and staff providing training, facilitation, communication, strategic planning, and program development all with the goal of increasing pro-environmental behaviors.”“I would not be doing what I am doing today if it was not for the support of TIE and the Office of Sustainability. In my role at TIE I was able to do the important research on human behavior change in the field of sustainability that I still use today. Plus, my experience in teaching a course I designed for the Experimental College at Tufts – Environmental Action, Shifting From Saying to Doing, allowed me to test my theory, implement my research, and develop a love for working with college age students.”
Jessica Soule Jessica Soule is a Tufts graduate, M.A. Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning (UEP, ’10).Role at TIE: Coordinator for Tufts Environmental Literacy Institute (TELI)Current Job: National Program Director for the EnvironMentors Program at the National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE). “At its heart, EnvironMentors is about increasing environmental stewardship and literacy among youth. To make that happen, the program relies on dedicated individuals at university campuses across the country. My time assisting with the Tufts Environmental Literacy Institute (TELI) really taught me that these dedicated individuals exist! There are strong environmental advocates in disciplines across any university, and they can do amazing things when brought together and supported.”
kiersten intern pic 2 Kiersten von Trapp is a graduate of Tufts, M.A., Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning (UEP, ’10). She is currently a Research Analyst at NMR Group, Inc. in Boston, MA.
Katie Walsh headshot Katie Walsh is a dual degree master’s student at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and Urban & Environmental Planning and Policy School. She is interested in sustainable cities, clean energy and energy efficiency. In the summer of 2011, Katie interned at the U.S. Department of Energy working on U.S. – China energy partnerships. Prior to graduate school, Katie coordinated the National Security Education Program’s Chinese Flagship Initiative at San Francisco State University and the World Affairs Council’s Education Program. In addition to various research assignments, Katie primarily works on organizing the Tufts Environmental Literacy Institute.
Sarah Yoss intern pic Sarah Yoss is a former TIE intern, and currently works as a Peace Corps Community Health Volunteer in Yanama, Ancash, Peru.