The Public Affairs blog was started by Dr. O’Keef, Adrian Gillem, and Tamar Nadibaidze in 2013. Since then, the team has grown to six members- Dr. A. Mihalache-O’Keef, Claire Kivior, Casey Wilson, Mady Sale, Christine Bowe, and Addi Lee.
Our goal is to serve the Public Affairs community by highlighting our community members, advertising our department’s triumphs, as well as reporting on the news of our students and faculty in order to strengthen and unify our community.
Dr. Andreea Mihalache-O’Keef, Faculty Supervisor
Dr. Mihalache-O’Keef is a native of Romania. She grew up during interesting times, when her country was learning to function as a democracy and to compete in the global market. Mihalache-O’Keef’s grandparents owned a small farm and vineyard. That is where she first noticed the connections between food culture, democratization, and globalization. Mihalache-O’Keef became curious about the interplay of the international economy, domestic politics, and human welfare, and pursued this interest through her B.A. in International Studies and Art History at Randolph-Macon Woman’s College (’03), her Ph.D. in International Relations at Penn State University (’11), and her research fellowship at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School (’09-’10). She continues her research on multinational corporations, food security, and environmental policy at Roanoke College, where she teaches courses on international politics, global political economy, human security, research methods, and this May term travel course on food politics and globalization in Romania.
When she is not in the classroom or working with students on independent research projects, internships, grad school applications, and campus events, Dr. Mihalache-O’Keef enjoys traveling, painting, reading mystery novels, and watching Dr. Who and Star Treck.
Claire Kivior, Editor
Kivior, of Richmond, Virginia, is currently in senior year of undergraduate study at Roanoke College where she is seeking a degree in both communication studies and political science, with a minor in Spanish. Kivior is a member of Xi Theta Chi, the national Foreign Languages Honors Society, and Lambda Pi Eta, the national Communications Honor Society. She has also served multiple terms as a delegate for Roanoke’s Student Government Association.
In 2018, she spent time studying abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina. One day Kivior plans to return and teach English as a volunteer. Post-graduation, Kivior plans to pursue a career in journalism or lobbying, which coincides with her passions of public policy and activism.
In her free time, Kivior enjoys painting, photography, hiking, keeping up with fashion trends, and spending time with her sisterhood.
Casey Wilson, Writer
Wilson is a junior Political Science major and Spanish minor from Harrisonburg, Virginia. On campus, she is a member of Greek life, the Student Government Association, and the Model UN/Model Arab League team. She also has multiple radio shows with WRKE, the Roanoke College radio station! Wilson’s dream job would be to serve as a legislator on the state or national level.
Mady Sale, Writer
Sale is a sophomore Political Science major with a concentration in Peace and Justice Studies from Amherst, Virginia. When Sale is not in West, they also work for Student Health and Counseling as a Wellness Peer Educator, as well as the Center of Civic Engagement leading Alternative Break Trips. Once they graduate, Sale hopes to join Americorps, and work for a nonprofit.
Christine Bowe, Writer
Bowe is a junior studying International Relations with a concentration in East Asian Studies hailing from Jacksonville, FL. When not in West Hall, Bowe can be found in the Colket Center with Student Activities. She is involved in Model United Nations and various honor societies. After graduation, Bowe plans to work in the defense and national security field and continue her commitment of service to others.
Addi Lee, Writer
Lee, hailing from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is a standing junior at Roanoke, majoring in Criminal Justice Studies, and minoring in American Politics and Sociology. When she is not tackling her impressive academic workload, Lee works as a counselor at a summer camp. She enjoys singing, dancing, and playing the piano. After her undergraduate studies, Lee plans to attend law school, then pursue a career as a criminal attorney or criminologist.