Marcus Holmes, Ph.D.
Marcus Holmes came to W&M in Fall 2014 and is co-director of the Social Science Research Methods Center (SSRMC), which houses the Political Psychology and International Relations (PPIR) lab, which he directs. His research and teaching interests are in international security, international relations theory, international political economy, foreign policy, diplomacy, homeland security affairs, and terrorism. Holmes has published, or has articles forthcoming, in International Organization, International Studies Quarterly, International Studies Review, International Studies Perspectives, Journal of Theoretical Politics, Review of Policy Research, International Relations of the Asia-Pacific, Journal of Transportation Security, Journal of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, and Homeland Security Affairs. He earned his doctorate from The Ohio State University and has previously taught at Georgetown University, The Ohio State University, and Fordham University.
Samantha Stafford is an undergraduate student at the College of William and Mary, looking to major in International Relations, possibly in addition to Economics. She is very interested in all aspects of the political sciences, especially concerning state security and the interaction of states in the international sphere regarding human rights. Samantha is currently open to a wide variety of career options, including law, international or federal institutions, and business school.
Madison Fox is an undergraduate student at the College of William and Mary with an intended double major of Government and Economics. Her interests cover a broad range of political science topics, specifically the study of the changing role of government over time and the interaction between government decisions and economic growth. Madison is currently interested in careers varying from political and government work to corporate consulting.
Keon Shahidi is originally from Northern Virginia, and is a freshman here at the College of William and Mary. He plans to double major in Government and Philosophy. Extracurriculars and other activities he is involved in include the IR Club, Middle Eastern Student Association, and the James Blair Historical Review as a peer reviewer.
Rachel Plescha grew up in many different cities across many different countries because of her dad's military service. She has not yet decided on a major, but that is just one of the many things that made William & Mary so appealing! She is proud to be a part of the Class of 2018!
Luke originally hails from South Central Pennsylvania, and is currently freshman at the college. At the college, he works in the history department as well as volunteering off campus at Colonial Williamsburg. He plans on majoring in History and Government and eventually hopes to become a high school social studies teacher.
Sean Plummer is a rising senior hailing from Warrenton, Virginia. He is majoring in Government and minoring in Psychology. Upon graduation, he aspires to work for the United States Government, either in the field of diplomacy or the field of humanitarian aid/conservation. In his spare time, Sean can either be found working at Phonathon raising money for the school or in his man cave watching sports.
Emily Jackson is currently a freshman at the College with plans to pursue a major in International Relations and a minor in Economics. On campus, she is on the executive board of Lambda Alliance and she both attends and helps host Model UN events with the International Relations Club. Her IR interest stemmed from a fascination with U.S.-Mexico border culture and politics from a young age and now includes indigenous nationalism and ethnocentrism, development economics, and post-colonial warfare and statehood in Africa.
Jerusalem Demsas is a sophomore at the College of William and Mary studying Government with a minor in Economics. She is also the Vice President of Operations of the William & Mary Debate Society as well as a member of the AMP Contemporary and Cultural Affairs Committee. Jerusalem is from Montgomery County, Maryland she is interested in studying international law in the future.