The Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination (LISD) at Princeton University supports teaching, research, and publication about matters related to and emerging from self-determination. Taking a broad definition of self-determination, LISD focuses on many topics pertaining to the state, self-governance, sovereignty, security, and diplomacy with particular consideration of sociocultural, ethnic, religious and issues on diversity involving community, state, and nonstate actors. LISD also seeks to support and provide opportunities for undergraduate students, involving them in projects and connecting them with experts, practitioners, and resources.
LISD Student Associates attend events, conduct research, provide feedback on programming, and serve as Institute ambassadors to the larger student community. Student Associates are expected to be actively involved with LISD, including its research events. LISD Student Associates enjoy privileged access to visitors and professors, guidance with career concerns from our global network, assistance with thesis and other research, opportunities for research assistantships, LISD-sponsored international travel, opportunities to publish research, and a chance to help determine our programming.
If interested, please contact Student Ambassadors Allie Matthias '24 and Parker Summerhill '25.
2022-2023 Student Associates
2021-2022 Student Associates
Abigail Anthony '23
Abigail Anthony is a junior studying politics and linguistics. She serves as President of Princeton’s Federalist Society chapter and works for the USA Today Opinion section.
Emma Chang-Montoya '23
Emma Chang, from Fairfax, Virginia, is a junior at Princeton studying international affairs. Emma is especially interested in diplomacy, Chinese foreign relations, and humanitarian efforts. During the school year, Emma plays on the club soccer team, works in the library, and participates in many different volunteer organizations, Emma enjoys reading, painting, and cooking!
Margaret Commander '23
Margaret Commander, from Jacksonville, Florida, is a junior concentrating in the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs pursuing a certificate in Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies. On campus, Margaret is involved with the Center for International Security Studies and the Princeton Asylum Project.
Katherine Hosie '22
Katherine is a senior in the Politics Department, with certificates in French and the History and Practice of Diplomacy. She is interested in studying transnational conflict, particularly the intersection of conflict and issues of gender justice. Outside of the Lichtenstein Institute, Katherine is involved in SHARE and the UN Women Gender Justice Fellowship Program.
Uchechi Ihenacho '22
Uchechi is a senior in the School of Public and International Affairs with certificates in African American studies and American studies. She is from Jersey City, NJ, one of the most diverse cities in America and a great source of the interest she maintains in amplifying marginalized voices. Her interests are mainly domestic-focused as she has worked on projects that seek to empower starting from her position as Jersey City Student Council president to her involvement in the startup HIVE Diversity and her most recent position in Diverse Segments on Representation and Inclusion for Wells Fargo. Uche aspires to attend law school after taking some time off following graduation. On campus, Uche is also involved in the Civic Leadership Council, TigerCall, The Daily Princetonian, and Matriculate.
Nahyun (Jennifer) Lee '23
Jennifer Lee is a junior in the School of Public and International Affairs, pursuing a certificate in Asian American Studies. Her policy interests lie at the intersection of conflict resolution on the international stage and diversity in racial and ability demographics. In particular, she is interested in the ways in which self-determination pertains to human and democratic rights, as well as group identity. In summer 2021, she served as a legislative intern in the Office of Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), penning memos on disability advocacy, climate legislation, and bank overdraft policy. On campus, she serves as the co-president of the Asian American Students Association, the president of the Disability Collective, and the co-chair of the Pace Civic Leadership Council. In addition to sitting on the Undergraduate Student Government's Disability Task Force, she has previously acted as a project manager with Princeton University Nonprofit Consulting, a Vote100 summer fellow and cohort leader, and committee chair for the Program in Law and Public Affairs. Jennifer looks forward to working with LISD and her fellow undergraduate associates this year.
Carson Maconga '22
Carson Maconga, from Boston, Massachusetts, is concentrating in the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs and pursuing a certificate in history and the practice of diplomacy. He is interested in how U.S. foreign policy can seek to affirm human rights to help create a more peaceful, prosperous, and equitable world. Carson is a 2021 Dean’s Scholar in the Nation’s Service (SINSI). In the summer of 2021, he interned for USAID in the Bureau for Conflict Prevention and Stabilization where he researched the intersection of conflict and climate change. During summer 2020, he was a legislative intern for U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV), where he worked on her national security and foreign policy team. In summer 2019, he interned in Paris, France, for Helion Pictures, a small television show development company. On campus, Carson plays on the rugby team and is the Director of Program for the American Whig-Cliosophic Society.
Owen Matthews '22
Owen Matthews is a senior from Madison, NJ concentrating in the Politics Department. She is pursuing certificates in Journalism and East Asian Studies. For her senior thesis, Owen is writing about the efficacy of various propaganda strategies. In the summer of 2021, she worked at Freedom House, and in the summer of 2020, at the Leitner Center for Law and Justice and SupChina. Before starting university, she participated in Princeton’s Bridge Year Program in China, living with a homestay family and volunteering in Yunnan Province. On campus, Owen is involved with the Princeton US-China Coalition and Fuzzy Dice Improv Comedy.
Ashley Morales '22
Ashley Morales, from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, is concentrating in the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs and pursuing certificates in Latino studies and Latin American studies. Her focus is on international law, human rights, refugee and migration issues, and transnational coalition-building, especially in the Americas. Domestically, her interests lie in civil rights issues facing women and Latinx communities. During summer 2019, Morales received a Community Action fellowship to facilitate service projects for the incoming Class of 2023’s orientation. In summer 2020, Morales interned with Cristosal, a human rights nongovernmental organization based in Central America, completing a comparative transitional justice research project that has now developed into a year-long course module connecting social justice activists around the world. Morales is a Scholars in the Nation’s Service (SINSI) Scholar, and she interned with the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division, Voting Rights Section in summer 2021.
Juan Nova '23
Juan Nova, is a junior at SPIA , with an interest in US-China relations. On campus, Juan is involved in Annual Giving as a supervisor for TigerCall, the Quadrangle eating club, and plays Ultimate Frisbee.
Riley Owen '23
Riley Owen is a junior in the School of Public and International Affairs, pursuing certificates in European Politics and History and the Practice of Diplomacy. Raised in Los Angeles, Riley worked in the White House on issues pertaining to rare earth elements, shipbuilding, telecommunications, supply chain resiliency, and other sectors critical to the defense industrial base. Mr. Owen also spent two years in Denmark as a full-time volunteer for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints where he managed the finances, logistics, and training of a 100+ person team throughout Iceland and Denmark. He is fluent in Danish. Riley also has experience working in the shipbuilding, renewables, and critical minerals industries, having done business in Greenland and Iceland. Riley was a Boys Nation Senator and is an Eagle Scout. He has a passion for and expertise in Arctic policy.
Ricardo Salas Murillo '22
Born in Costa Rica and raised in North Carolina, Ricardo S. Salas Murillo is a first-generation undergraduate student in Princeton’s class of 2022. He is concentrating in Politics on the Quantitative and Analytical Political Science track. Ricardo is also pursuing a Statistics and Machine Learning as his main academic interests fall within the intersection of data analytics and issues of immigration and human/civil rights. For example, his Junior Independent research utilized quantitative methods to analyze the non-electoral political behaviors of Latino immigrants living in the US. Beyond academics, Ricardo has work experience in community development non-profits working in philanthropy, having interned at Community LIFT, and statistical research specific to immigration politics and voter behaviors, having been a research assistant for the Politics Department. Additionally, he has experience working at a legal non-profit, specifically in defensive and affirmative immigration law.
Claire Schmeller '23
Claire Schmeller is a junior in the History Department with a certificate in American Studies. Her academic and career interests lie in the peacemaking realm, particularly focusing on religion and its role in conflict resolution. On campus, she is Co-Chair of the Princeton University Peer Representatives, an undergraduate fellow with the James Madison Program, and serves as an Outdoor Action Leader Trainer. She volunteers as a coach and lesson teacher with the Trenton Youth Orchestra and plays violin in the Princeton University Orchestra.
Taryn Sebba '23
Taryn Sebba, from Colorado, is a junior concentrating in the School of Public and International Affairs. On-campus, Taryn is the President of the class of 2023, was a Service Focus Cohort Member, is a James Madison Fellow, and is involved in many other activities. Outside of Princeton, she began professionally working on political campaigns in 2013, interned for her Congressman (Jared Polis P'96), conducted research, and passed a ballot initiative increasing behavioral health resources in her county. During her time at Princeton, Taryn has worked on campaigns and for The HALO Trust -- a non-profit dedicated to removing landmines, interned with an 11th Judicial Circuit Court Judge in summer 2021, and is currently working as a diversity consultant with the Honolulu Federal Executive Board and Student Foreign Service Initiative. She is committed to increasing accessibility in her communities, is interested in equitable development policies, and is looking forward to learning with LISD!
Sophia Steele '23
Sophia Steele is a junior in the School of Public and International Affairs. Her interests primarily focus on international political economy and development policy. On campus, she is involved in Africa Summit Princeton and is an associate at the Julis-Rabinowitz Center for Policy & Finance. She has also previously interned at the Princeton in Africa Fellowship Program. Outside of campus, she serves as an Executive Strategist for several organizations such as Youths For Excellence, the Research in Color Foundation, and the PanAfrican Strategic and Policy Research Group.