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About Us

The Global Inquirer

We're an undergraduate research podcast based out of the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA. Our mission is to use case studies to explain how global trends are impacting real lives. The Global Inquirer podcast is produced by the International Relations Organization at UVA and is sponsored by the UVA Institute of the Humanities and Global Cultures.

Emi Lockwood

Editor-in-Chief

Emi, class of 2021, is a Global Security and Justice major with a Farsi (Persian) minor. Emi is passionate about building a better world; she loves the podcast because it amplifies ideas that contribute to improving the world. Outside of the Global Inquirer, you can find Emi listening to Rough Translations (NPR) or eating peanut butter. 

Balthazar Merrin

Host

I am 4th-year Foreign Affairs major with a minor in Public Policy, and a passion for bottom-up state building and local economic empowerment. When I'm not hosting the Global Inquirer, I can be found trying out new recipes, reading, or watching movies. Although I can't pick a definitive favorite, Harold and Maude is one of all time.

Andy Carluccio
Emi Lockwood

Editor-in-Chief

Emi, class of 2021, is a Global Security and Justice major with a Farsi (Persian) minor. Emi is passionate about building a better world; she loves the podcast because it amplifies ideas that contribute to improving the world. Outside of the Global Inquirer, you can find Emi listening to Rough Translations (NPR) or eating peanut butter. 

Nick Mortensen

Research Staff

A fourth-year Global Security and Justice major. His main areas of specialization are in international diplomacy, military affairs, and the history of Warsaw Pact nations at the end of the Cold War.

Walter Sharon

Research Staff

Walter is a member of the class of 2021, majoring in Politics and Global Studies with a minor in English. Walter is a contributor to the Cavalier Daily as a writer as well as political cartoonist, and he is a big fan of podcasts, NPR, and all things news. In his free time, he likes to read, play soccer, listen to jazz, and learn new things.

Sarah Rocca

Research Staff

I am in the class of 2022 hoping to major in Leadership in Public Policy with a minor in Spanish. I am also active in the Model United Nations and volunteer as a coach for the local swim team. My favorite part of every episode is getting to interview different experts about international issues I'm interested in.

Meet our Staff

The Team
Balthazar Merrin

Host

I am 4th-year Foreign Affairs major with a minor in Public Policy, and a passion for bottom-up state building and local economic empowerment. When I'm not hosting the Global Inquirer, I can be found trying out new recipes, reading, or watching movies. Although I can't pick a definitive favorite, Harold and Maude is one of all time.

Katya Sankow

Research Staff

Hello! My name's Katya Sankow, and I'm a fourth year Russian and Eastern European Studies major and prospective Economics major. I'm a fiend for good laughs, traveling, Mediterranean food, loud music, and tennis. Outside of the Global Inquirer, I am involved in VISAS, The Haven, the Wash, IRO, and Brown College. 

Roma Chitko

Research Staff

Roma is in the class of 2021, and planning on majoring in Global Development Studies with a minor in Spanish. She is particularly interested in the social aspects of health care and global public health in general. She is also involved in Alpha Phi Omega. Other than that, she loves working with kids, drinking way too much coffee, swimming, and reading.

Andy Carluccio

Technical Director

A fourth-year double major in computer science and drama, Andy brings his technical theatre and digital systems experience to Global Inquirer. A computer repair technician by trade, Andy runs Global Inquirer’s live streams and edits the weekly podcast. His hobbies include photography, filmmaking, and 3D printing.

Anna Von Spakovsky

Research Staff

I am a fourth year Global Security and Justice Major with a possible French minor. I am particularly interested in human rights and international law as well as conflict resolution. Outside of Global Inquirer, I am involved in the International Relations Organization and  various dance clubs at UVA.

Emma Ross

Research Staff

I’m a second-year from Woodbridge, Virginia. My intended major is Foreign Affairs. My passions include studying languages such as Russian and Arabic, traveling to new countries, and of course listening to podcasts. I have been to 8 countries and taken classes in 5 languages. Also, I love indie music and bullet journaling, which is a sort of scrapbook/planner.​