Compass Staff

Bryce Couch

– Director of the Caravel Compass

Bryce is a junior in the School of Foreign Service. He is studying International Politics with a concentration in Security Studies and a minor in International Diplomacy. Spending time exploring Buenos Aires and the Argentinian countryside sparked his interest in Latin America’s culture, and he specifically focuses on the effects of counter-terrorism and drug trafficking. An SFS news junkie, Bryce is obsessed with politics and hopes to facilitate news access and sociopolitical awareness beyond the Hilltop through The Caravel Compass weekly newsletter. When not working on The Caravel, Bryce is an Olympic enthusiast (Catch me at LA2028), Netflix-oholic (now accepting show recommendations), pseudo-professional photographer, and Snapchat filter graphic designer.

Staff: Regional Specialists and Contributors (Alphabetical Order)

Sania Ali

Sania is a first-year student in the College studying Biology. She was born and raised in Virginia, but is fascinated by cultures and events around the world. Her interests include cooking, writing, and playing volleyball. She is an avid consumer of the news (and anything chocolate). Though new to The Caravel crew, she can’t wait to roll up the anchor and start sailing as a contributor to the Compass Newsletter!


April Artip

April Artrip is a sophomore in the SFS planning to major in IPOL, minor in Arabic, and get a certificate in Arab Studies. She grew up in Houston, Texas, but hopes to become a natural inhabitant of the East Coast, even if she’ll never get over the blasphemous use of the word barbecue and her high standards for Mexican food. In her free time, she likes to expand her cosmetics collection and aimlessly scroll through Twitter.


Hannah Casey

Hannah is a junior in the School of Foreign Service. She is a Science, Technology, and International Affairs major with a concentration in Security Studies. She hails from San Antonio, Texas. She loves her dogs Chewy and Bubbles Nicole only slightly more than she loves puffy Cheetos. Follow Boomer Phelps on Instagram. You won’t regret it.


Kiren Chaudry

Kiren is a sophomore in the college studying Linguistics. She is passionate about language and is studying Russian, Spanish and Arabic. Outside of the Caravel she is involved in Prison Outreach and No Lost Generation.


Irene Chun

Irene is a freshman in the College planning on majoring in Government and minoring in Sociology and Psychology. Born and raised in New York, when not found writing, she can be found playing the cello, singing, taking photos, or in coffee shops. Irene is particularly interested in the Indo-Asia- Pacific as well as Central European culture/politics, and racial and ethnic identifications within education.


Martha Edwards




Gabriel Gorre

Gabriel is a senior in the School of Foreign Service, studying Science, Technology, and International Affairs and pursuing a diplomacy certificate. On the Caravel, he is a co-editor for the Anchor, as well as a part of the Compass. Outside of the Caravel, Gabriel is a member of the fencing team, a student researcher in the STIA department and Center for Security Studies, and a passionate follower of the Dallas Cowboys (despite impact of the latter on his emotional well-being).


Bethania Michael

Bethania is a junior in the School of Foreign Service studying Regional and Comparative Studies with a focus on Africa and the Middle East. The Marylander is particularly interested in migration issues in the Horn of Africa, and spent the past summer in Tanzania researching the country’s refugee policies and NGOs.



Jia Sheng

Jia is a freshman in the SFS planning to major in Regional Study focusing on East Asia. From Hefei, China, a city unfamiliar even to many Chinese, Harry is an avid promoter of Chinese culture. He is also a self-proclaimed chef and photographer. When not reading or writing news on China, he can probably be found cooking Chinese food in his room.


Chris Stein

Chris is a sophomore in the School of Foreign Service planning to study International Political Economy. From Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, he is a self-proclaimed foodie. You can often see him in Washington DC trying to find palatable pizza. Chris is a politics and news junkie who enjoys reading and writing vastly more than economics homework. He studies Mandarin Chinese and hopes to study abroad in Hangzhou, Taipei, or Shanghai.


Nataliyah Tahir

Nataliyah is a sophomore in the SFS. She is a pre-med student planning to major in Science, Technology, and International Affairs with a concentration in Global Health, and potentially a certificate in International Development.  Having grown up in a Pakistani-immigrant household, she developed an interest in South Asian affairs and health issues and hopes to work in the region in the future.  In her free time, you can probably find her watching a Disney movie, liking corgi pics on Instagram, or doodling in her notes.


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