New Hires for Fall 2020

We are proud to present our Fall 2020 new hires who will be added on to our already impressive roster of Rose Institute Research Assistants:

Daniela Corona ’23

Danny is from Half Moon Bay, California, and is majoring in Government with a Data Science Sequence. Her interest in government stems from her high school experience in city government as a school representative. This past summer she worked as a research assistant studying state executive reorganization and reform. On-campus she is also a Success Consultant and works at Kravis Lab. When she is not working you can usually find her on the rugby field wearing uniform #2, tackling her teammates and (hopefully) throwing a perfect line-out.


Miriam H. Farah ’23

Miriam is from Redondo Beach, California, and she is majoring in Public Policy and History. Because of her interest in law and politics, she participates in CMC Mock Trial, serves on the executive boards of the Claremont Government Society and the Taskforce for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, and works as a news editor for the CMC Forum. Throughout high school and her freshman year of college, she volunteered for social justice groups and interned for different law firms. She is excited to learn more about the legal system and education reform in California alongside 5C faculty members and students at the Rose. In her free time, Miriam enjoys going to the beach, biking, and baking.

Maya T. Kurkhill ’23

Maya is from Yorba Linda, California which is a slightly sleepy town with deep roots in California’s agricultural history. After taking the class Agriculture & Political Rebellion, she became heavily interested in Yorba Linda’s political and farming history. In combination with pursuing a major in International Relations, Maya’s appreciation for local change, such as with Southern California farming, has led her to the Rose to pursue projects such as the Inland Empire Outlook. She hopes to bring her debate experience to her research by providing creative and collaborative ways to analyze civic engagement, process, and policy. Outside of the Rose, can find Maya on (or probably falling off of) her skateboard, watching anything written by Aaron Sorkin, or playing with her dog, Scruffy!

Desmond V. Mantle ’23

Desmond is from Pasadena, California, pursuing a Government major and Computer Science sequence. He has been interested in state and local politics for all his life, culminating in an Appel Fellowship project involving in-depth research on the social, and particularly racial, implications of state firearms laws in the Western United States. At the Rose, Desmond hopes to continue studying the effects of California’s gun laws and contribute to ongoing initiative-related work such as the Miller-Rose Initiative Database. In his free time, Desmond enjoys editing grammar errors on Wikipedia, using his General Class license to communicate via ham radio, and hiking, particularly at his local landfill.

Sarah G. Simionas ’23

Sarah is from San Jose, CA, and majoring in Philosophy and Economics. Before joining the Rose, she explored her passion for government research as a Research Fellow for the CMC Policy Lab this past summer, researching congressional spending practices under the guidance of Professor Courser. At the Rose, she is excited to enrich her understanding of the impact of state and local policies in California and make this information easily accessible to larger communities. Outside of the Rose, Sarah also works for SOURCE Nonprofit Consulting and ASCMC’s Events Committee.


Cameron W. Stevens ’23

Cameron is from Park City, Utah, and is majoring in Economics and Public Policy. In high school, he developed an interest in state and local government by participating in debate and volunteering for the ACLU of Utah. At the Rose, Cameron is excited to engage in quantitative and qualitative analysis, and focus on new issues facing Californian communities from the Coronavirus and economic recession. Outside of school and work, Cameron enjoys skiing, surfing, hiking, and spending time in nature.

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