Research Assistants

Alex Bentley, Research Assistant

Alex Bentley is a sophomore majoring in Philosophy, Politics, & Economics and considering a sequence in Financial Economics. Alex grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, where he graduated from San Marin High School in 2010. At the Rose Institute, he works on a variety on projects including The Rose Report Blog, The Inland Empire Outlook, Wheeler’s Desert Letter, and maintenance of Rose Institute’s websites. This past summer, Alex worked for Rose Fellow Douglas Johnson at the National Demographics Corporation creating and presenting district plans for local governments.

Alex Johnson, Research Assistant

Alex Johnson is a junior and has been a resident of Thousand Oaks, CA all of his life. He plans to be an Econ-Accounting and Psychology dual major with a Financial Economics Sequence. Aside from working at the Rose Institute, Alex is found at the Biszantz Family Tennis Center as a member of the CMS Tennis Team or at CMC’s Career Services Center working as a Career Consultant for his fellow students. This past summer, Alex worked at the Rose Institute as a Rose Summer Scholar under the Girard Fellowship researching financial data for the City and County of San Diego.

Alexandra Sloves, Research Assistant

Alexandra Sloves is from Orinda, CA. She graduated from Miramonte High School where she was President of Junior Statesmen, Communications Director for Public Speaking and Debate, and community service coordinator. She participated in Junior Statesmen on the state level as Director of Debate and Director of Research and attended Junior Statesmen summer school at Stanford University, majoring in Constitutional Law. Alexandra spent her summer working as a research intern at both the Hoover Institute at Stanford and UC Berkeley’s Center for the Comparative Study of Right Wing Movements. At CMC, Alexandra plans to major in economics with a finance focus.

Andrew Nam, Research Assistant

Andrew Nam was born and raised in Seoul, South Korea for 10 years. Since then, he has been residing in Claremont. He graduated from Claremont High School, where he was a captain on the debate team, IB Student President, team leader for Robotics, French Club President, and more. Andrew is a Southern California Champion in Senate Congressional Debate and helped to establish the IB Program in his school. He is interested in redistricting and economic analysis. Andrew intends to major in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics, and after graduating from CMC, he hopes to attend law school and become a corporate lawyer.

Aseem Chipalkatti, Research Assistant

Aseem Chipalkatti is a freshman from the Seattle area intending to dual major in Economics-Accounting and Government. His interest in politics has been fostered by a childhood spent listening to NPR and Jim Lehrer. In high school, he participated in the Junior State of America, a high school debate and student government organization that focuses on topical political issues. Aseem is interested in redistricting and education policy and is looking forward to working in those fields at the Rose for the next four years.


Brendan McDonald, Research Assistant

Brendan is a senior from Brooklyn.  At CMC he is pursuing a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics.  He just returned from a semester abroad in Jaipur, India, where he researched the effects of the Andhra Pradesh crisis on a north-Indian microcredit provider.  Brendan was named a Girard Fellow in the summer of 2009; he and his colleagues wrote a comprehensive report comparing welfare spending in San Diego county to welfare spending in other California counties.  Brendan most recently compiled data on 24 states for the Redistricting in America website.

David Tse, Research Assistant

David Tse was born and raised in Orinda, California. During his time at high school, he was a captain of the speech team and the mock trial team. He has also played piano for 11 years and during his time has attended branch and state conventions. As a CMC freshman, David has yet to decide his major. During his spare time, David enjoys watching movies and consuming delicious (unhealthy) foods. He is excited to work for the Rose institute and looks forward to the next 4 years at CMC.


Elena Lopez, Research Assistant

Elena Lopez was born and raised in Houston, Texas where she attended YES Prep North Central from 6th to 12th grade. Throughout high school, she was involved in Student Council and Colt Camp, a mentoring program. She was a part of the cross country team and captain of the soccer team. Elena is interested in education policy and hopes to reform the public school system to help more students attend college. Currently she is majoring in Government and Spanish and hopes to one day work for the Department of Education.

Elise Hansell, Research Assistant

Elise Hansell was born and raised in Dallas, Texas and graduated from the Episcopal School of Dallas. While in high school, she served as President of the Student Council, was involved in Micro-Finance, and attended various Model U.N. conferences. Elise enjoyed being captain of varsity Cross Country and Track and Field during her junior and senior year. For the past two years she has worked at Grossman Law Offices as a legal assistant. At CMC, Elise is interested in pursuing Politics, Philosophy, and Economics, or a History and Psychology dual major. At the Rose Institute she hopes to participate in legal analysis.

Gavin Landgraf, Research Assistant

Gavin Landgraf is from Saratoga, California where he was home schooled from the very beginning. Throughout high school, he competed in speech and debate, raking number one in the nation for team policy debate during his senior year. His other activities included swimming and Boy Scouts, through which he earned the rank of Eagle Scout. At CMC, Gavin is pursuing a Government or a Politics, Philosophy, and Economics (PPE) and French dual major. In addition to working at the Rose Institute, he plays water polo and is on the mock trial team. This past summer, he worked on a cattle ranch in Colorado.

Heather Siegel, Research Assistant

Heather Siegel is a senior from Huntington Beach, California. She is majoring in French and just returned from a semester abroad in Paris, France. At the Rose Institute, Heather managed the 2010 and 2011 Kosmont-Rose Institute Cost of Doing Business Surveys and built a new database to process the data. This year, Heather is coordinating the New Hire Training Program. On campus, Heather also works as a Writing Consultant at the Center for Writing and Public Discourse and volunteers as an Admissions Associate. This past summer, she interned in the Office of the Defense Advisor at the US Mission to NATO in Brussels, Belgium.

Kathryn Yao, Research Assistant

Kathryn Yao was born in Dallas, Texas and graduated from the Portsmouth Abbey School in Rhode Island where she served as editor-in-chief of her school newspaper for two years and as co-chair of her school’s Human Rights Club. She also captained the girls’ tennis team her senior year and participated in two Model United Nations conferences. She plans to dual major in Literature and Economics at CMC. She also works as a student assistant in the Dean of Students Office. At the Rose Institute, she plans to work in the areas of survey research and redistricting.

Katya Abazajian, Research Assistant

Katya Abazajian was born and raised in Houston, Texas, and is now a sophomore hoping to major in Math and Economics. While attending Clear Lake High School, Katya was an officer in Latin Club, Orchestra, Student Council, and participated in the National Honor Society, Tennis, and various spirit programs. Her participation in Student Council drove her to pursue a career in politics, government or business. She is attending Claremont McKenna with the hopes of furthering her knowledge of economics and politics, and wants to go on to law school after graduation.

Luke Davis, Research Assistant

Luke Davis hails from Ithaca, New York. Graduating from Lansing High School, Luke co-captained the cross-country team and pole vaulted for the track and field team for two and three years, respectively. Arriving in high school with an interest in economics, he worked with a graduate student at Cornell during the summer of 2009. Luke plans on majoring in the Financial Economics sequence with a possible dual major in Film Studies. At the Rose Institute, he hopes to work on fiscal and demographic analysis.


Marina Giloi, Research Assistant

Marina Giloi grew up in Redmond, Washington, and plans to dual major in Econ-Accounting and Philosophy, Politics, and Economics. The summer of 2011, she interned with the Washington State Republican Party, assisting with finance and redistricting research, and at the Pacific NorthWest Economic Region, focusing on sustainable development issues. Marina is thrilled to be joining the Rose Institute as a sophomore, and her other pursuits on campus include being co-president of Berger Hall and working as a writer and copy editor for the Claremont Independent.


Nathan Falk, Research Assistant

Nathan Falk moved to Claremont McKenna College from Lafayette, California in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is a prospective Math and Economics double major and plans to pursue a career in public policy after graduation. Outside the classroom, Nathan is the Opinion Editor at the Forum, Claremont McKenna College’s official student publication, and the Director of Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Sports Broadcasting, which provides viewers with live broadcasts of Claremont college sports. Last summer, Nathan interned at U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein’s Office as well as his local NPR member station, KQED Public Radio. At the Rose Institute, Nathan is currently helping to implement a comprehensive study of municipal service contracts.

Patricia Ingrassia, Research Assistant

Patricia Ingrassia is a local student from Chino Hills, CA. She is a government/economics double major and has plans to attend law school after graduating from CMC. As a member of the Claremont Colleges Debate Union, Patricia travels throughout the country to compete in British Parliamentary debate and volunteers with outreach programs in southern California. Her weekends are evenly divided between competitive tournaments and teaching argumentation workshops to middle school students. This past summer, Patricia worked at the Institute as a Rose Summer Fellow researching and writing articles for the Inland Empire Outlook.

Paul Jeffrey, Research Assistant

Paul Jeffrey is a dual major in Politics, Philosophy and Economics (PPE) and Government at Claremont McKenna College. He is from Southern California and a dual citizen with the United Kingdom. At the Rose Institute, Paul is the head of the legal research team, updates the Miller Initiative Database, and writes articles on legal issues and direct democracy for the Rose Report. Paul has also conducted fiscal analysis projects as a Girard Fellow for the Rose Institute and redistricting work. Paul is currently in Washington D.C. interning with Cooper and Kirk law firm.

Ruth Oliver, Research Assistant

Ruth Oliver is a sophomore originally from Sacramento, California, where she graduated from Rio Americano High School. Ruth is a currently a physics major, and hopes eventually to work in a career with a focus on sustainability. This past summer she worked at the Rose Institute on GIS projects for the Voice of San Diego, and spent some time at the California Air Resources Board doing enforcement work. She will either be interning at the Environmental Protection Agency or taking upper-level university physics courses in the summer of 2011.

Samuel Stone, Research Assistant

Samuel Stone was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. He graduated from Monte Vista High School in Danville, where he was a captain on the debate team. Sam was interested in politics at a young age and grew up listening to local talk radio. Sam is interested in redistricting and political analysis and looks forward to the next four years at the Rose Institute. Sam is currently a member of the Claremont McKenna mock trial team and plans to major in government or Philosophy, Politics, and Economics. After his time at CMC, Sam hopes to attend law school.

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