2022 Fellows


Anna Brugmann is a journalist and media researcher. She's reported on education, health care and elections for hyperlocal, regional and national publications. She's also studied audience trust, media literacy and public policy relating to local journalism. She holds degrees from the University of Missouri and American University. In addition to journalism, she was a Peace Corps volunteer in Albania where she taught English and media literacy.

Sierra Bein is a content editor and author of a climate newsletter at The Globe and Mail, in Toronto. She received a Bachelor’s of Journalism from X (Ryerson) University, with a semester abroad in Mumbai. She's worked with VICE, Toronto Life, The National and Financial Post among others. She has a knack for audience and digital strategy, but also a passion for telling stories, especially those of environmental justice. Outside work she loves doing mentorship, and finding adventure. She was a piano and skateboard instructor, but now is interested in learning languages and just got her motorcycle license.

Sophie Huskisson completed an English degree at the University of Cambridge from where she graduated in 2020. During her time there, she participated in a wide range of student journalism including hosting her own radio show, ‘Sophie says’, and presenting TabTV. She went on to complete a masters in Newspaper Journalism at City, University of London alongside working at The Voice, a campaigning newspaper for the Black community. Sophie is now working as a reporter at the Daily Mail newspaper.

Isabell Karras is an early career multimedia journalist with extensive experience in radio reporting. She currently works as radio host and editor for Radio Bremen, a German public service broadcaster. She graduated with an Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree from the University of Groningen (Netherlands) and the Jagiellonian University in Kraków (Poland) in 2021. Her academic career started with a Bachelor degree in Journalism and French (minor subject) at the Technical University of Dortmund (Germany), obtained in 2019. Isabell's interests include the topics of right-wing populism, public discourse on gender, human rights and social movements.      

Valerie Kipnis is an immigrant writer, reporter, and documentary producer. Currently, she is on her 2022 Fulbright to Ukraine in Warsaw, Poland. There, she is working on an oral history project involving displaced children and memory. Usually, she works for VICE News, an Emmy-award winning nightly news show, where she mostly reports on: climate change, reproductive rights, and the former Soviet Union. Formerly, she worked at or contributed to: Coda Story,The Moscow Times, and NBC. Born in St. Petersburg, Russia and raised in south Brooklyn, she attended New York University's Gallatin School of Individualized Studies, where she studied the intersection of Post-Soviet History, Comparative Literature, and Political Philosophy. In 2021, she received her MFA in Non-Fiction Writing from The New School. Her literary work debuted in A Public Space in July of 2021. 

Diana Kruzman is a journalist who writes about the environment, religion and urbanism (and sometimes all three) in the U.S. and abroad, particularly in the Middle East and Central Asia. She currently works as a Midwest Fellow at Grist, where she started in 2022 after freelancing for publications such as Undark, Earther, The New York Times, The Christian Science Monitor, Vice and the Ground Truth Project. She has reported from Albania, India, Egypt and Kyrgyzstan, where she traveled in 2021 to cover the impacts of climate change on toxic waste. She graduated with her master's in journalism and Near East Studies from New York University in 2021, and is currently a fellow with Religion News Service and the Religion and Environment Story Project.   

Samuel McIlhagga is a British writer and journalist. He regularly writes for Protean, New Lines, American Purpose and The National. He specialises in long-form content, feature writing, in-depth reporting and book reviews. He tends to cover political developments in the MENA, LATAM, Central-Asia and Eastern-Europe, new innovations in political theory and culture from a left-field perspective. He started freelancing in 2018 and has published over 40 articles from news to a 5000 word long-read on cryptocurrency in Afghanistan for Palladium. He was educated at the University of St Andrews and the University of Cambridge. He currently lives in Peckham, London.

Dominique Mosbergen is a graduate student at the Columbia University School of Journalism, where she’s pursuing a concentration in health and science reporting. She previously spent 10 years as a reporter at HuffPost, where she covered breaking news, politics, the environment, health, international news and other areas of interest. A native of Singapore but a nomad at heart, Dominique has lived in India, Russia and both coasts of the United States. She currently lives in New York but considers Boulder, Colorado home.   

Noah Pisner directs immersive and spatial storytelling at The New York Times. His work explores ways in which technologies like computer vision, 3D cameras, spatial audio, and AR/VR wearables can benefit journalism. Upon graduating from Harvard, Noah joined his peers on Wall Street while he figured out what he was meant to actually be doing with his life. Later, he travelled, wrote a few magazine articles, and dabbled in the film industry. In 2017, he joined Quartz’s business side as a multimedia editor. In 2020, he joined The Times.       

Regin Winther Poulsen is a journalist from the Faroe Islands. His work has appeared in The Atlantic, Foreign Policy, The Guardian, Al Jazeera, and Danish and Faroese media. He has written about several topics, including international geopolitics and the environment, especially the ocean. He holds a bachelor's degree in history from the University of Iceland and a Master's degree from Columbia School of Journalism.

Deepa Shivaram is a reporter at National Public Radio (NPR) in Washington, D.C. where she covers policy and politics. Prior to working at NPR, Deepa spent five years at NBC News working at ‘Meet the Press’ and reporting on the 2020 election, where she was embedded with both Kamala Harris' and Elizabeth Warren's campaigns. She is a member of the Asian American Journalism Association and was a Gwen Ifill fellow with the International Women’s Media Foundation in 2019.

Trevin Smith is a video journalist and filmmaker based in New York City, where he works as a Producer Editor at VERIFY, a platform that fact-checks misinformation online. Having cooked for a decade in Italian kitchens, Trevin utilizes the lessons he learned under the many chefs he cooked for in his reporting today. Prior to joining VERIFY, Trevin worked as a video fellow for McClatchy's national politics desk, where he produced digital video content for the company's 30 news outlets. Trevin earned an M.S. in journalism at Columbia's Graduate School of Journalism in 2020, where he teaches part-time today.

Sofia Tomacruz covers foreign affairs and is the lead reporter on the coronavirus pandemic for Rappler. Prior to this, she covered social issues relating to health, education, and migration. In 2017, she and Ana Santos were awarded the International Labour Organization’s Global Media Award for their series on schemes to recruit migrant Filipino workers, which mired many in a lifetime of debt.


Olohikhuae Egbokhare is an internationally trained health lawyer, with prior experience in corporate law practice. Her foray into health law and bioethics began because of her research into the inequitable distribution of reproductive technologies in low-and-middle-income countries like her country Nigeria. This birthed a few publications and led her to pursue an LLM at Georgetown University Law Center where she recently graduated with a distinction. Olohikhuae’s desire to continue to explore the intersection of health, law and ethics led her to apply to the FASPE Fellowship.

AJ Hudson is an environmental justice organizer, climate activist, and community educator. Before attending Yale Law School, AJ spent five years teaching and eventually co-founded a public high school in one of the most disenfranchised, polluted, and over-policed neighborhoods in Brooklyn, NY. This time teaching in New York City made him especially passionate about the disparate environments faced by marginalized people, and deeply committed to shedding light on forms of de facto environmental segregation. He is one of the national board members for Law Students for Climate Accountability, on the advisory board for UPROSE, and is the current Environmental Justice Teaching Fellow of the interdisciplinary Yale Environmental Protection Clinic.

Rachel Grossman is a newly-minted attorney and long-time legal advocate.  She started her legal career as a paralegal, first at a private firm and later at the Southern Poverty Law Center, where she supported litigation and other initiatives to protect and advance the rights of poor folks, folks in prison, asylum seekers, LGBTQ kids and adults, and targets of Neo-Nazi hate.  She returned home in 2018 to attend the University of North Carolina School of Law, where she served as the first Editor in Chief of the North Carolina Civil Rights Law Review.  At graduation she was inducted into UNC Law’s Davis Society and awarded the Bane Writing Award for her work on commercialized prison banking systems.  She was a Pollitt Fellow with the ACLU of North Carolina.  She now clerks for a federal judge in Washington, D.C.

Ben Levey is in his first year at the University of Wisconsin Law School, where he is a Law-in-Action Scholar. He will intern this summer with the ACLU of Wisconsin, and he will join the law school’s Immigrant Justice Clinic this coming fall. Prior to law school, Ben worked for several years for HIAS, where he helped launch an initiative to assist people who had recently received asylum. Ben graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Northwestern University in 2017 with a degree in American Studies. After graduating from Northwestern, Ben taught ESL in Thailand through a yearlong Princeton in Asia fellowship.

Emily Postman is a Gleichman Fellow in the Office of General Counsel at the Service Employees International Union. Emily was a community organizer before law school and graduated from Stanford last spring with highest pro bono honors

Bella Ryb is a rising 2L at Stanford Law School. She is originally from Elkridge, Maryland. Bella graduated summa cum laude from Georgetown University in 2021 with majors in English and Government. She was also active as a progressive political organizer during college. At SLS, Bella is involved with the Stanford Journal of Civil Rights & Civil Liberties and the Domestic Violence Pro Bono Project. Following FASPE, Bella will spend her summer with Sullivan & Cromwell in Palo Alto, CA.

Kristin Angelle Sharman is a 3L at Yale Law School from Williamsville, NY. Before law school, she served as an AmeriCorps volunteer for two years while teaching elementary school in Tulsa, OK. Kristin also earned a Master of Education as an Alliance for Catholic Education Teaching Fellow at the University of Notre Dame. In college, she studied Classics and Education at Washington and Lee University, where she was a Johnson Scholar, a Bonner Scholar, and a member of both Omicron Delta Kappa and Phi Beta Kappa. Following law school, Kristin will be joining Cravath, Swaine & Moore in New York City.

Samantha Smith is from Roswell, Georgia. She is graduating in the Class of 2022 from Vanderbilt University Law School, where she served as Editor in Chief of the Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law and was selected as a Vanderbilt Legal Academy Scholar. After law school, she will be working at Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP in Washington, D.C. She graduated cum laude from Vanderbilt University in 2019 with honors in the College of Arts & Science, highest honors in Economics & History, and a second major in Bioethics & Organizational Leadership.

Tal Ratner Solovey is a third-year law student at UC Berkeley School of Law, graduating May 2022, where he is a co-Editor in Chief of the Berkeley Journal of Criminal Law. He received his undergraduate degree in international affairs from The George Washington University in 2016. Mr. Ratner Solovey’s professional experience includes the U.S. Department of Justice, the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office, the law firm Jenner & Block, and the National Security Archive. He also served in the Israel Defense Forces before attending college.

Phedeline Tanis graduated from Binghamton University where she double majored in Philosophy, Politics, & Law (PPL) and Economics and minored in Urban Planning. While In Law School she has served as treasurer of the Black Law Student Association (BLSA) and is a current member of BLSA and Hofstra Trial Advocacy Association (HTAA). She was selected as one of two 2021 Commitment to Justice Scholarship recipients by the Judicial Friends Association, Inc. She has participated in Hofstra’s Community & Economic Development Clinic and most recently has been selected as a Pro Bono Scholar working with the City Bar Justice Center’s Neighborhood Entrepreneur Law Project.

Joel Robertson-Taylor is a first-year student at Osgoode Hall Law School. He holds a BA in sociology, anthropology, and media studies from the University of the Fraser Valley, Graduated with Distinction, and received recognition for social research and writing throughout his studies. In his second year at Osgoode, Joel will provide academic support to first-year students as a Contract Law Dean’s Fellow and will enter the International and Transnational Law Intensive Program. Joel is from the British Columbian West Coast, where he enjoys cycling and climbing. He currently resides in Toronto, Ontario

Itai Thaler is a 3rd year student at NYU School of law. He received his B.A. in economics and English at Tufts University. Prior to law school, Itai worked in consulting in both the private and nonprofit sectors. In his free-time, Itai likes to cook, read Jewish-American fiction, and play guitar.

Lisa van Dord is a lawyer in the international arbitration practice at De Brauw, one of the leading law firms of the Netherlands. In her practice, she focuses on international law and arbitration related state court proceedings and advises on several pro bono cases. A graduate of the University of Amsterdam and Columbia Law School, Lisa has a background in international criminal law, human rights and political science. During her studies and work as a lawyer, Lisa has cultivated a strong sense of justice and she looks to spark conversations about the role of the law in perpetuating societal injustices.

David Zukowski is a second-year law student at Berkeley Law.  Prior to law school, David served as a Presidential Management Fellow with the U.S. Small Business Administration and Federal Trade Commission. David also served in the United States Coast Guard where he led a specialized law enforcement team that combatted transnational organized crime by interdicting and disrupting international shipment of illegal narcotics.  David grew up in southwestern Pennsylvania and is an avid skier and endurance sports enthusiast.