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.

Cameron W. Stevens ’23, Student Manager

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. He has worked with Professor Michael Fortner on a study of New York’s mayoral election outcome and contributed to the research for an article for “Divided We Fall,” while also managing the Ontario and Kosmont projects. Outside of school and work, Cameron enjoys skiing, surfing, hiking, and spending time in nature.

Desmond V. Mantle ‘23, Associate Student Manager

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 ’23Associate Student Manager

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 spent the fall 2021 semester off-campus in the Washington, D.C. program.


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 spent 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. She also led new hire training on quantitative analysis and provided maps for an Inland Empire Outlook article in Fall 2021. 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. At the Rose Institute, she has been on the team that is studying the tribal state and federal recognition. She is also working on the Kosmont project. 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 was 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!


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. She was credited as co-author, with Professor Fortner, of an article for “Divided We Fall.” Outside of the Rose, Sarah also works for SOURCE Nonprofit Consulting and ASCMC’s Events Committee.

Dai-Khoa Nathaniel Khai Tran PO’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.

Nikhil Agarwal ’24

Nikhil Agarwal is a sophomore at CMC hoping to major in Government with a Data Science Sequence and is incredibly excited to be a part of the Rose Institute! As an international student who has never lived in the US before, he hopes to learn about, not only the everyday political issues that dominate state and local politics in California, but also the founding philosophy of the country that has shaped the Constitution and the American political system as a whole. Nikhil is very passionate about sports, and on weekends you can find him playing tennis, working out in the gym, or awake at 5 am watching Formula 1 races or Premier League matches (sometimes both at the same time!)


Liann C. Bielicki ’24

Liann is from Castro Valley, California, and is dual-majoring in Government and Data Science. Her interest in state and local government arose from her experiences with journalism and Mock Trial in high school. At CMC, Liann is a member of the Mock Trial Team and the Claremont Consulting Group, as well as a Handley Leadership Fellow for women in leadership development. In her free time, Liann enjoys reading, writing, and experimenting with gardening.


Helen A. Bovington ’24

Helen is from Helena, Montana (no relation) and is majoring in the 3-2 program; economics and electrical engineering. Helen’s interest in state and local politics started in high school when she paged at the Montan State Senate. The political issues she is most interested in are energy policy, sustainable local infrastructure development, and tribal politics on Montana’s seven reservations. The past year, Hele researched Montana politics and did an internship focused on the global supply chain of semiconductors in Ontario, California. Outside of the Rose, Helen sits on the ASCMC Academic Affairs Committee, and in her free time, you can find her exploring the outdoors, dancing, waiting for ski season, or working on her physics homework.

Grace Hong ’24

Grace is from Arcadia, California, and is a government major with a legal studies sequence. Her interest in government started after competing on the “We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution” team in high school and recognizing the importance of civic participation. On-campus, Grace is a part of APAM, CARE, Class Cabinet, and the Debate Union. In her free time, she enjoys playing tennis, painting, attempting iPhone photography, and obsessing over cute cats.


Catherine Murphy ’24

Catherine, from Pleasanton, California, is a sophomore pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Government and International Relations.  Her passion for politics and government stemmed from her dad always listening to National Public Radio and reading the Economist. She became interested in state politics after researching California’s primary elections with CMC Professor Andrew Sinclair. At the Rose, Catherine is excited to continue working on primary elections and public opinion surveys, as well as to develop quantitative analytical skills and work with outside organizations. Outside of the Rose, Catherine plays on the CMS Women’s Lacrosse team, and in her free time, she likes to go the beach, make hell-thrown pottery, and watch Marvel movies.

Thomas D. Y. Short PO’24

Thomas is from Mercer Island, Washington, and is majoring in Economics at Pomona College. In high school, his interest in politics and policy led him to join the student senate and to take his first economics class, which would lead him to pursue the subject further in college. While learning virtually, he served as part of the ASPC Covid-19 student advisory committee and has since enjoyed getting to know the 5C community better in person. In his spare time, he enjoys listening to hip hop, keeping up with international politics, and playing basketball.


Pieter van Wingerden ’24

Pieter is from Hong Kong and is a Government major with a minor in Art History and a sequence in Legal Studies. At the Rose, Pieter is excited to research California’s security policies and contribute to the publication of white papers. At CMC, he has been an Arthur A. Adams Fellow in International Strategic Studies, a member of the inaugural class of the Gould Center Fellows Program, and a left-handed pitcher for the CMS baseball team. Outside of CMC, he has held positions at Fine Art Asia and Art Central. In his free time, Pieter can be found re-watching Homeland, throwing baseballs at Arce Field, or enjoying double espressos. Pieter is hoping to pursue a career in Entertainment and Art law.

George B. Ashford ’25

George is proud to call Takoma Park, Maryland home, and has yet to declare a major at CMC. Before working at the Rose, he pursued his passion for local government as the Chair of the Takoma Park Youth City Council and as a Communications Assistant for Takoma Park mayor Kate Stewart. He has volunteered and organized on campaigns including that of Senator Gary Peters and President Joe Biden in Michigan, and interned with the Executive Department at FairVote, an electoral reform advocacy organization. He currently serves as a Collegiate Director of Policy at GENup, advocating for pro-student education reform at the state and national level. In his spare time, George loves arguing about tax policy, backpacking, skiing, and otherwise enjoying the outdoors.

Audrey Donahue ’25

Audrey Donahue, from Seattle, WA, is dual majoring in Neuroscience and Public Policy at CMC.  Audrey joined the Rose Institute in the Fall of 2021.  During the academic ’20-’21 school year, Audrey took a gap year and worked at Amazon in Seattle in a recruiting role for Human Resources. While living in Seattle, she became interested in local political issues surrounding people experiencing homelessness. She is passionate to continue learning about these issues while working at the Rose. In high school, she developed an interest in state and local government by participating in several non-profit organizations and served as a Global Scholar for Water 1st International. Outside of the Rose, Audrey plays on the CMS lacrosse team, loves to ski, and cook.  She spent four years in high school working at a cooking school.

Katherine A. Jackson ’25

Katherine Jackson is from Oakland, California. She is majoring in Government at Claremont McKenna College. Katherine’s interest in government stems from several courses she took on government and politics and participation in political clubs in high school, including the Junior State of America, IGNITE, and Bay Area Student Activists. Katherine also attended the Close Up program. Her passion for politics grew even more while interning at Congressman Eric Swalwell’s District Office. Katherine enjoys long walks, photography, time with her family, and playing with her two dogs.


Ryan A.T. Lenney ’25

Ryan is from Mission Viejo, California, and is majoring in Public Policy. He developed an interest in state and local government through his work on housing and homelessness policy in Orange County. At the Rose, Ryan is excited to continue analyzing issues facing Californians and the policies designed to address them. In his free time, Ryan enjoys surfing, rock climbing, astrophotography, and a good road trip with friends.



Nolan Windham ’25

Nolan is from Los Angeles, California, pursuing a major in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics with a sequence in Computer Science. Nolan’s interest in state and local government is rooted in his passion for effective public policy and his experience in competitive speech and debate. At the Rose, Nolan is looking forward to conducting meaningful research using sophisticated data extraction & analysis techniques. Nolan is also a member of P-ai and the Debate Union. In his free time, Nolan enjoys working on a variety of creative projects.