Editor in Chief
Hailing from Washington D.C., Ernesto Alvarado is a graduate from Penn State’s School of International Affairs Masters Program. Prior to his studies at PSU, he received his Bachelors degree in International Politics and Social Sciences of Latin America from the State University of New York at Buffalo where he served as Student President, a member of SUNY's "Group of 200", and played soccer collegiately.
Ernesto has also studied Italian culture, politics and language at the Istituto Europeo in Florence, Italy. Ernesto’s international emphasis is focused in Latin American politics and diplomacy while Latino rights in the United States is his main domestic concentration. Previous to the Rogue Scholars, Ernesto co-founded the Penn State Global Forum and served as an Articles Editor for the Penn State Journal of Law and International Affairs.
A member of Pi Sigma Alpha, he has assisted as a summer analyst for Latin America with LASPAU, a non-for-profit organization affiliated with Harvard University and he will continue his research on democratization and human rights at IESB in Brasilia, Brazil. He is attending American University where he is studying international law at the Washington College of Law.
Lauren is a first year law student at the University at Buffalo, The State University of New York. This past summer she completed her MA in Elections and Campaign Management at Fordham University, where she was honored to receive a national Pollie Award from The American Association of Political Consultants for her work on a televised campaign advertisement.
Lauren is a Buffalo Human Rights Fellow and clerks for the Buffalo Human Rights Law Review. In January 2012, she was deployed to the Republic of Kazakhstan on behalf of the U.S. State Department and the Organization for Security and Co-Operation in Europe for election observation for the Early Parliamentary elections. Lauren's interests include elections, democratization, international law, national security, human rights, and immigration and refugee issues.
Currently pursuing a Master of International Affairs from the Pennsylvania State University, Michelle Sarver specializes in Middle Eastern studies as well as conflict and media studies. Previously, Michelle attained dual bachelor degrees from Bloomsburg University in Political Science and Mass Communications with a concentration in Journalism.
During her undergraduate studies, she was selected by the Fund for American Studies participate in the Engalitcheff Institute on Comparative Political and Economic Systems at Georgetown University while working as a legislative intern for an environmental education lobbyist organization. She presented research at global conferences on vigilante groups in India as model NGOs and freedom of information rights in conflict with non-state actors.
Her interest in media studies and the art of writing stems from her journalism background in which she served as Senior Editor, Contributing Writer, and Assistant Photography Editor of Spectrum Magazine, a contributing writer to BUNow, and presently as executive editor of the Penn State Global Forum. She is also a Graduate Assistant School of International Affairs Career Services with activities focused on design, article writing, and event planning.