Alumni Network-Center for International Relations and Politics - Carnegie Mellon University

Alumni Network

The Center for International Relations and Politics sponsors the CIRP Alumni Network.  Participation in this network is available to any Carnegie Mellon University graduate with a major or minor in Global Politics, Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Economic Development, International Relations, or International Relations and Politics. Former research associates of the original International Relations Program and the current Center for International Relations and Politics are also eligible.

The CIRP Alumni Network increases national and international awareness of CIRP by showcasing the accomplishments of its former affiliates and fosters a strong sense of community among its alumni.  Networking opportunities are provided through alumni events hosted by CIRP's director on CMU's Pittsburgh campus and in Washington, DC.

CIRP alumni are encouraged to provide professional updates to the center at  

CIRP Alumni


Canaan McCaslin

After graduating from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in 2009, Canaan McCaslin entered the Heinz college Master of Science in Public Policy and Management program. As a participant in the Washington D.C. track of the graduate program, Canaan completed his first year at the Pittsburgh campus, and his second taking classes and working in Washington D.C. in an apprenticeship. During his first year in the program, Canaan worked in the Center for International Relations and Politics Lab as a Research Assistant and Teaching Assistant. While completing the second year of the Apprenticeship program he worked in both the US Senate and House of Representatives as a staffer. Upon graduation from Heinz College in 2011 Canaan began working for Deloitte Consulting’s Federal Practice as a Strategy and Operations Consultant.

Carmen Easterwood

Carmen Easterwood

Carmen graduated in 2012 with a major in Economics and a minor in International Relations & Politics. While at CMU, she participated in the Washington Semester Program, studied abroad in Spain, and volunteered in the Dominican Republic with Orphanage Outreach @ CMU. She also worked as a Research Assistant at the Center for International Relations & Politics, and interned with the Millennium Challenge Corporation and the US Embassy in El Salvador. Carmen is currently working on a master's in Development Economics at Yale University, and plans to work on economic development in Africa when she graduates.


Kelly Hart

Kelly graduated from Carnegie Mellon's Heinz College with an MS in Public Policy and Management in May 2011. She graduated cum laude from Carnegie Mellon with a BS in Political Science in May 2010. While at CMU she was an active member of the women's tennis team and helped them to win a Division 3 National Championship, the first in CMU's history. Prior to college, Kelly grew up in Southern California near the beach and enjoyed a wide variety activities from sports such as tennis, soccer, horseback riding, and scuba diving to the vast cultural offerings. She loves travelling and has been to 25+ countries around the world. Kelly is an avid USC football fan, and currently lives and works in the DC metro area.


Megan Larcom

Megan graduated in May 2010 with a BS in Business Administration from the Tepper School and a BS in International Relations from the College of Humanities & Social Sciences. While at Carnegie Mellon, Megan's paper on public private partnerships was published by the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress, where she represented CMU in the Presidential Fellows Program. She studied and served as a teaching assistant at Carnegie Mellon's campus in Doha, Qatar. Following graduation, she was one of the inaugural scholars of the U.S. Fulbright ETA program in Egypt. Leading up to and after the Revolution, she taught English at Suez Canal University and rowed for the Suez Canal Authority. She currently lives in Washington D.C., although her work for IBM Global Business Services brings her away from the Capital more often than not.

Brice Relaford

Brice Relaford

Brice graduated in May 2012 with a B.A. in Ethics, History, & Public Policy and a minor in French and Francophone Studies. Upon graduating, he accepted a post to teach English at Lycée Saint Exupéry in Mantes la Jolie, France where he led English and American culture and history classes while supporting the team of English teachers. After returning to the States in May 2013, Brice moved to the Washington, D.C. area to work in human capital consulting with ICF International where he supported Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts for the State of New Jersey. While at Carnegie Mellon, Brice stayed engaged in the campus community by participating in IM sports, serving on the Dietrich College Career Student Council, and working as a Research Associate under Dr. Skinner here in the Center. He also participated in Carnegie Mellon’s Washington Semester Program where he studied at Georgetown University and interned in the US Coast Guard’s Office for International Affairs and Foreign Policy during the fall of 2010. Currently, Brice works as a consultant for Booz Allen Hamilton in Washington, D.C., providing management consulting services to various federal government clients.


Graham Thompson

Graham graduated in May 2012 with a BS in Decision Science and a BS in International Relations & Politics, both from the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. While at Carnegie Mellon, Graham worked in the Center for International Relations and Politics Lab as a Research Assistant and Teaching Assistant.  His work on a semester-long research project investigating the FDA's Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategies led to an interest in healthcare policy. Upon graduation, Graham began working as a research fellow for the Food and Drug Administration, in the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research in the D.C. area. He plans to one day join the Foreign Service.

Brittany McCandlessBrittany McCandless, Dietrich College alum, discusses her time at Carnegie Mellon University and how it prepared her for her current role as associate producer for CBS This Morning.