Student Staff

The Rose Institute stresses a high level of interaction between student Research Assistants, faculty, and staff. With an emphasis on student research in areas relating to state and local government, students and faculty work side by side. Students receive guidance and instruction from professors, fellows, and research associates experienced in the operations of both the public and private sectors. While every student has experience working with faculty members and senior staff on an individual basis, the Rose Institute student staff is overseen by senior student managers.
Note: When available, a student’s LinkedIn account can be accessed by clicking on the name.

Nohl M. Patterson ’22, Student Manager

Nohl is from Dublin, California, and is a government/economics dual major with a sequence in Computer Science. He became interested in California politics after researching California legislative oversight with Professor Andrew Sinclair. At the Rose Institute, he has researched the Private Attorney General Act’s economic consequences and manages the Inland Empire at a Glance Team. At CMC Nohl has been a Jack Stark Security Fellow, a Keck International Journalism Fellow, and a member of the CMS Track Team. Outside of CMC, he works as a part-time data analyst for Harvard Law School’s Access to Justice Lab. In his free time, Nohl can be found reading science fiction, running in circles semi-competitively, or quoting obscure movies to fellow Rosies.

Adhitya Venkatraman ’22, Associate Student Manager

Adhitya is from San Jose, California, and is a PPE and Data Science major. He gained an interest in politics from a healthy combination of the Daily Show and speech and debate. At the Rose, Adhitya has worked on the Redistricting Project, the Crime Project with Professor Bessette, the California Almanac, the Inland Empire Outlook, and managed the Design Team. Over his summers, he has worked as a software engineer at Cisco Systems and at an international NGO that prevents torture in prisons. Outside the Rose, Adhitya is involved with SOURCE Nonprofit Consulting and the Free Food for Thought Podcast. In his free time, you can find him baking, wearing beanies in 100° weather, and failing to perform magic tricks—usually all at once.

KAtherine AdelmanKatherine P. Adelman ’21

Katherine is from San Antonio, Texas, studying Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE). From a young age, Katherine has been invested in the local politics of her hometown, attending meetings with many civic leaders to gain perspective on the inner workings of city government. Studying abroad in Hong Kong in the fall of 2019, she learned how united political movements impact local governance.  Katherine’s work at the Rose has included writing an article for the Inland Empire Outlook, and a white paper for the Federalism project. She has also worked on the Miller-Rose Initiative Database, Inland Empire at a Glance project, the Video Voter 2020, and being on the communications team.


Anna E. Green ’21

Anna Green is a senior at CMC majoring in Government and Gender Studies. She joined the Rose Institute in 2018 and has since published a white paper on California SB535 (2012), served as a research assistant for projects including the Southern California Almanac and Miller-Rose Initiative Database, and managed the forthcoming Inland Empire at A Glance project in the spring of 2020. Beyond the Rose, Anna’s professional experience includes internships at the Washington, D.C. office of Congressman Jim Himes, the Brookings Institution, and, most recently, Monument Lab. On-campus, she is a resident assistant at the student apartments, a senior advisor to the Free Food for Thought podcast, and the Executive Board President of the Claremont Government Society.


Maria Gutierrez-Vera ’22

Maria is from Whittier, CA, studying Public Policy and American Studies. Her love for local government comes from her involvement and interest in the politics of her hometown and community. At Rose, she’s done work for the Redistricting team, has written for the Inland Empire Outlook, and helps out on Communications. Her favorite Rose project, though, is the Video Voter series. On-campus, Maria is involved with the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship and works at the Center for Writing and Public Discourse. She has recently been named one of MMC Athenaeum’s Fellows for 2021-2022. In her free time, she enjoys making jewelry, curating playlists, and finding new foods on Yelp.


Maya Ghosh ’22

Maya hails from Dallas, Texas, and is pursuing a dual major in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics and Economics-Accounting. She developed a passion for politics due to her intense love for reading the Economist and listening to the podcast Deep State Radio. In high school, she pursued this passion by leading her school’s Political Action Club and environmental group, and by interning for Colin Allred’s congressional campaign. At CMC she also works for the Roberts Environmental Center, Mock Trial, The Forum, and the Athenaeum’s kitchen staff. She has recently been selected as one of MMC Athenaeum’s Fellows for 2021-2022. At the Rose she was involved with Video Voter, the Cicero project, and helped with the research for Dr. Miller’s book on Texas vs CA. In her spare time she enjoys running, backpacking, road-tripping, and watching football.


Nandini Jayaram ’22

Nandini is from Bettendorf, Iowa, and is majoring in Economics with Sequences in Financial Economics and Data Science. In high school, Nandini was an active member of the State of Iowa Youth Advisory Council (SIYAC), where she and 23 members across the state drafted and pursued bills through the Iowa state legislature. Nandini also interned for U.S. Representative Dave Loebsack, which sparked her interest in learning more about local campaigns. At the Rose, her experience included serving as the Trainings Manager, working on the Fiscal Analysis project, analyzing Census data for the Paramount project, and being a member of the communications team.  In her free time, you can find Nandini singing, spending time with friends, and enjoying coffee.

Gait W. Nairn ’22

Gait is from the central valley of Northern California, currently studying Economics and Data Science at CMC. At the Rose Institute, Gait has been involved in many projects, such as Senior Advisor and Project Manager to the Miller-Rose Initiative Database, as well as policy research for the City of Paramount, and various research on California primaries. On-campus, Gait is President of CMC Mock Trial, and founder of the Claremont Spikeball Club. Gait is hoping to pursue a career in finance with an emphasis on public policy.


Robin M. Peterson ’22

Robin is from Boulder, Colorado, majoring in Government. At the Rose, Robin worked on our Video Voter project, the COVID-19 Stimulus project, and was lead for the Local Business Guide project. Outside of the Rose, she enjoys annotating her pocket Constitution, pole vaulting, and re-watching Madam Secretary. If she’s not struggling with her thesis, she’s either serving in uniform as an ROTC cadet or trying to catch up on sleep.


Henry A. Schulz ’22

Henry is a New York City native pursuing a Government major. At the Rose Institute, he has researched homelessness and federalism issues within the COVID-19 response. He spent his junior fall semester in Washington, D.C. working for the Mellman Group, a Democratic polling firm. This summer, he interned in Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer’s press office.  In his free time, he enjoys reading Punchbowl News and playing pick-up basketball at Roberts.


Jensen Steady ’22, New Hire Manager

Jensen is from Santa Barbara, California, and is studying Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE) & Government. He became interested in government working in a variety of local positions and found his passion for politics in his local Youth Council and working on a mayoral campaign. At the Rose, Jensen has researched homelessness in LA County and the Bay Area, studied Inland Empire demographic changes, and managed the Miller-Rose Initiative Database and California Local Business Guide teams. On-campus, he is a writing consultant at the Center for Writing and Public Discourse and previously worked as a research assistant on Dr. Jon Shield’s book, Trump’s Democrats. Outside of CMC, Jensen has worked as a Policy and Communications Intern for Cambridge Global Advisors, a national security consulting firm, and interned with Holland & Knight’s Public Policy and Regulation team in Washington, D.C. In his free time, you can catch Jensen playing Catan, listening to a podcast, or re-watching The Last Airbender yet another time.

Marshall A. Bessey ’23

Marshall is from Darien, Connecticut, and he is dual-majoring in Government and History. During high school, Marshall gained an interest in politics through the Form discussion group and the School for Ethics and Global Leadership.  During the summer of 2021, Marshall participated in the CMC’s Summer Research Program and researched Islamic legal history under Professor Ferguson’s supervision. At the Rose, Marshall has published an independent white paper on Proposition 13, provided information on Proposition 15 for Video Voter, worked on the Inland Empire at a Glance project, and is currently managing a project with the City of Ontario. During his free time, Marshall enjoys golfing, playing squash, and watching college football. Marshall is spending the fall 2021 semester off-campus in the Washington, D.C. program.

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 year she worked in a government affairs firm while on the Washington DC program and as a summer research assistant for Professor Andrew Sinclair looking at state executive reorganization and reform. At the Rose, she worked on the Inland Empire at a Glance project and continued to work with Professor Sinclair. On-campus she is also a Success Coach and worked at the 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 as Vice President of the Mgrublian Center’s Taskforce for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, and works as a student assistant for Claremont Canopy. Throughout high school, she interned for a criminal defense law firm. During these past two summers, she interned for Haysbert & Moultrie and the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. She is excited to continue learning about the legal system, Native American law and politics, and federalism alongside 5C faculty members and students at the Rose. In her free time, Miriam enjoys going to the beach, biking, and baking.

Camille Hermosillo ’23

Camille is from Jurupa Valley, California, majoring in Government. She developed a passion for restorative justice programs and policy by working with the local government and the school board in her hometown. At the Rose Institute, Camille has worked on the Redistricting Team and contributed to the Inland Empire at a Glance project. She hopes to develop skills through the Design Team. On-campus, Camille is a CMC Office of Admissions Tour Guide and committee member of 1Gen. In her spare time, Camille enjoys playing guitar and spending time with her family.  Camille is on leave in Fall 2021.


Maya T. Kurkhill ’23

Maya, from Southern California, has a homegrown appreciation for the state’s landscape, diverse history, and local change. The class Agriculture & Political Rebellion with Professor Barndt informed her decision to become a Government major, focusing on issues of regional agriculture and land. Her passions led her to propose and manage current research on California state and federal recognition of indigenous peoples, as well as fueled her former work on the Inland Empire Outlook and the Miller-Rose Initiative Database. Outside of the Rose, you can find Maya at the Debate Union, working as one of MMC Athenaeum’s Fellows for 2021-2022, on her skateboard, or tackling an entire dim sum feast!


Desmond V. Mantle ’23

Desmond is from Pasadena, California, pursuing a dual PPE and 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 is studying the effects of California’s gun laws, researching the possibility of federal recognition for the Tongva people of Los Angeles, and helping to design the training program for New Hires. 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.

Tara N. Mehra ’23

Tara is from Bellevue, Washington, and is majoring in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics. She developed an interest in American constitutional law and government after participating in the national “We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution” competition in high school. She further cultivated her interests through her summer involvements, which include the Appel Fellowship, working as a Research Assistant for Professor Shanna Rose, and interning with a company that develops continuing legal education content. Before returning to campus, Tara will take part in CMC’s Washington Program, during which she will embrace her passion for research as an intern with the Brookings Institution. At the Rose, she worked on the Federalism project, Video Voter, Inland Empire at a Glance, and served as Project Manager for the Redistricting project. Tara is spending the fall 2021 semester off-campus in the Washington, D.C. program.

Sarah G. Simionas ’23

Sarah is from San Jose, CA, and majoring in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics. Before joining the Rose, she explored her passion for government research as a Research Fellow for the CMC Policy Lab in the summer of 2020, researching congressional spending practices under the guidance of Professor Courser. During the summer of 2021, she worked with Professor Lincoln through CMC’s Summer Research Program to research U.S. firm lobbying practices. At the Rose, she worked on the Redistricting team, the Communications team, and has written an article for the Inland Empire Outlook. She is currently working with Professor Michael Fortner to look at the role of crime in the New York mayoral election outcome. 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 debates 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.


Dai-Khoa Nathaniel Khai Tran POM’23, Communications Manager

Proudly hailing from Tracy, California, Nathan majors in Politics at Pomona College. As the Rose Institute’s Communications Manager, Nathan is responsible for increasing the impact of our work: he and his team manage our social media channels, network with various news outlets and community organizations, and help project managers publicize their research. Before this role, Nathan researched and presented Propositions 22 and 23 for the Video Voter 2020 series. Outside of the Rose, Nathan is the Issues Chair of the San Joaquin County Democratic Party. There, he supervises the Party’s internship program, devises strategies for over a dozen elections, and advocates for a wide range of progressive policies. Whenever he is not obsessing over California politics, Nathan loves going on long walks, planning adventures with his friends, and watching adorable K-dramas with his parents.