Student Leaders and Members

Connor Akiyama (’21)

Curriculum Director (2018-2019)

Connor Akiyama is a second-year from Los Altos Hills, CA who is considering double majoring in International Relations and Economics. He moved East to the snow and the humidity after getting bored of continuously sunny weather. He has been interested in international politics and global affairs ever since he discovered his love of flags. Connor is additionally a part of the Chinese-US relations group at Tufts, SURGE. Connor also enjoys creating Lego stopmotions and playing tennis in his free time.

Alexandria Hayman (’19)


Alexandria Hayman is a senior at Tufts University majoring in International Relations and Political Science, with a minor in Mandarin Chinese. In joining ALLIES, she hopes to explore international relations from a perspective different than the one she is familiar with (namely, reading articles late at night), and is excited to have the opportunity to manage ALLIES’s budget as treasurer. In her free time, Alexandria also acts as treasurer for the Tufts Debate Society, serves as an elected member of the Tufts Judiciary, plays viola with the Tufts Symphony Orchestra, interns with USAID, and drinks coffee.

Eva Kahan (’19)

Co-Director (2018-2019)

Eva Kahan is a senior studying History and International Relations, with a concentration in the Middle East. She spent her junior year in Jordan, where she ate a falafel sandwich a day and used her Arabic to get only-slightly-lost while navigating both Roman ruins and Amman’s makeshift public transit system. She loves civil-military relations with a burning passion and wants either to get a PhD in the subject or to save the world one meaningful civ-mil dialogue at a time. While not in ALLIES, Eva can be found leading services at Tufts Hillel, teaching an ExCollege class on war games, or eating unreasonable amounts of kale.

Noah Kulak (’19)

Co-Director (2018)

Noah Kulak is a senior majoring in Classical Studies and Political Science. He became involved with ALLIES during his sophomore year and has held a number of positions in the organization since then, serving on the 2016 CMRC and FieldEx teams and as Curriculum Director prior to becoming co-leader. In his free time, he can be found working on local political campaigns, debating how well our institutions compare to those of the Roman republic, and catching up on sleep in Tisch Library.

Dylan Miles (’21)

Programming Director / Communications Director

Dylan Miles is a sophomore from New York City. He is considering majoring in International Relations and History. At Tufts, he is also involved with Model UN and Tufts CIVIC. In his free time he enjoys watching movies, spending time with friends, and laying awake at night pondering how the climactic poker hand between Bond and Le Chiffre in Casino Royale makes absolutely no sense. /

Yicheng “Jerry” Zhang (’21)

Logistics Director

Yicheng “Jerry” Zhang is a rising sophomore from Shanghai, China. He is considering majoring in International Relations and History. Apart from SURGE, he is also involved in ALLIES. He enjoys traveling, studying cross-cultural interaction, and making miniatures.