Current Students: Select Students Bios

Mindi Mebane
Mindi Mebane is a proud New Orleans area native, with a passion for women's rights, politics, Sub-Saharan Africa, and their relation to each other. She considers herself an idealist, and received her undergrad degree in Political Science with an emphasis on Constitutional Law. She initially intended to go to law school, but made the transition to International Affairs based in large part on the advice of an inspirational and highly experienced mentor, who encouraged her to focus on the relationship between Constitutional Law and foreign policy. She currently works as a legal assistant for a major law firm, and hopes to work for and eventually play a leadership role in an international NGO upon completion of the MPIA program.

Matthew Osterrieder
I received my undergraduate degree in International Affairs from the University of Maine. After graduation, I worked for the U.S. District Court for two years and moved to Washington DC. For the past three years I have worked as a legislative specialist for the United States Sentencing Commission, an independent agency in the judicial branch of government. Its principal purposes are: (1) to establish sentencing policies and practices for the federal courts, including guidelines to be consulted regarding the appropriate form and severity of punishment for offenders convicted of federal crimes; (2) to advise and assist Congress and the executive branch in the development of effective and efficient crime policy; and (3) to collect, analyze, research, and distribute a broad array of information on federal crime and sentencing issues, serving as an information resource for Congress, the executive branch, the courts, criminal justice practitioners, the academic community, and the public.

Ethan Tabor
Ethan Tabor is currently pursuing the M.P.I.A. with a specialization in global security in Virginia Tech's School of Public and International Affairs. He served for eight years in the U.S. Air Force with assignments in Italy, the U.K., Idaho, and Florida. Ethan now works at the U.S. Department of State to coordinate professional exchanges (International Visitor Leadership Program) for current and future leaders from North Africa, the Middle East, and South and Central Asia. Prior to transferring to VT, Ethan was pursuing a graduate degree in U.S. history at the University of Maryland-College Park. He holds a B.A. in history from the University of Maryland-University College and is interested in researching domestic and transnational social and political movements, such as radical environmental and 'anti-globalization' groups.

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