Our Team

Co-Chair: Annie Hsu

Annie Hsu is a junior from Toronto, Canada studying International Relations and Intellectual History. At Penn, she is a Perry World House Fellow, a Deputy Editor of the Sigma Iota Rho Honor Society for International Studies Online Journal, and a Director of the West Philadelphia Tutoring Project. Outside of Penn, she founded her non-profit organization named Bridge The Heart and served as a Canadian delegate at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in 2017, pursuing her passions in community service and social entrepreneurship. This past summer, she interned at the Council on Foreign Relations. Her academic interests include international law, Chinese literature, and history of the Qing and Republican periods of China.

Co-Chair: Justin Melnick

Justin Melnick is a junior in the College of Arts and Sciences studying International Relations and Economics.  From a Jersey suburb of New York City, Justin has been to China several times – teaching English, doing business, and studying Chinese.  He is a lover of languages and besides Mandarin has studied Spanish, French, Italian, and Russian.  Justin hopes to get a PhD in political science studying foreign policy analysis and strategic studies, focusing on China and East Asia.  At Penn, he is also an associate editor of Sigma Iota Rho’s Journal of International Relations and works with the International Relations Undergraduate Student Association.

Jackie Shi

Jackie Shi is a junior in the College studying Political Science with minors in Sociology and Fine Arts. Originally from Queens, New York, Jackie grew up studying Mandarin and being immersed in Chinese culture. With her concentration in American Politics, Jackie developed an interest in studying U.S.-China relations through the lenses of political sociology and race and ethnic relations. She's currently studying abroad at the National University of Singapore for spring 2020. At Penn, she's also involved in the Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity and serves as a Global Correspondent for Penn Abroad. 

Sophie Xi

Sophie Xi is a junior from Shanghai, China studying International Relations and Economics. She is interested in international political economy and Chinese politics. At Penn, she is a research assistant at the Wharton Political Risk Lab and the Perry World House’ Borders and Boundaries Project. In the past summers, she interned at several news agencies in China, covering news from domestic policies to financial markets. Sophie has also served as a Marketing Co-Chair at the Penn Wharton China Summit. 

Grace Huntsman

Grace is a sophomore studying International Relations and Chinese. Growing up in Utah, Washington, D.C., Beijing, China, and Moscow, Russia sparked a passion in Grace for global affairs, especially in East Asia. Before coming to Penn, Grace interned during a gap year at the US Embassy in Moscow in their Public Affairs Section, while also studying Russian language. She has also interned at the Atlantic Council, a D.C.-based think tank. Outside of class, she is Executive Vice President of the International Relations Undergraduate Students Association (IRUSA).

Robert Loomis

Robert Loomis is a sophomore in the College of Arts and Sciences studying Political Science and International Relations. From St. Louis, Missouri, Robert developed an interest in international political economy and diplomacy while working at the STL World Trade Center. At Penn, Robert is involved with the performing arts, and his academic interests outside of his major include Chinese revolutionary history, contemporary art, and modern sociology.

Christian Chung

Christian Chung is a freshman in the College of Arts and Sciences. He was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, and grew up traveling internationally very frequently. Through his travels, he gained an appreciation for cultural immersion and international relations. At Penn, he is a midshipman in the Naval ROTC program and currently serves as the Penn Recruiting Officer for prospective midshipmen. He is also involved in the International Relations Undergraduate Student Association.

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