Alina is pursuing the Global Politics and Security concentration in the MSFS program. Prior to her studies at Georgetown, Alina served as the 2017-18 Fulbright Researcher affiliated with the Latvian Institute of International Affairs, where she studied Baltic security challenges and societal resilience. She also taught media literacy to Latvian students and teachers and served as assistant manager to a regional research project, the Baltic Security Strategy Project. Before this, she spent the summer working in the European Bureau of the U.S. State Department.
She has held various research, teaching, and communications positions at non-profit organizations, policy centers, and academic centers in the United States, Peru, Estonia, and Latvia. With the support of the Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship, she will pursue a career in the U.S. Foreign Service upon completion of her master’s degree. Alina holds a Bachelor of Arts in Comparative Politics, Policy, and Gender from the University of Tennessee.
"I was initially drawn to the MSFS program because of its international reputation, coupled with its unique practitioner-oriented teaching approach. I know that participating in this program—alongside equally ambitious peers—will provide me with the highest possible quality learning experience and serve me well in any career path I pursue.”
Potjomkina, D., & Clay, A. (2018). Latvia and the United States: The More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same. Latvian Foreign and Security Policy Yearbook 2018.
Clay, A. (2018). Assessing the Significance of Media Literacy in Latvia: A Critical Tool of Societal Resilience. Latvian Institute of International Affairs.
Clay, A. (2017). A Comparative Analysis of Women’s Descriptive Representation in Subnational Politics in Peru and Russia. University of Tennessee Honors Thesis Projects.
Clay, A. (2016). Assessing Russia’s Ban on U.S. Adoptions from a Constructivist Framework of Image Construction. Pursuit: The Journal of Undergraduate Research at the University of Tennessee.