headshot of Sarah Nishioka

I grew up in Irvine California and I’m a senior at California State University Fullerton pursuing a B.A. in Political Science with an interest in diplomacy, international development, and humanitarian intervention and response. I want to research the effects of far-right rhetoric, nationalism, and xenophobia on Turkey and its impact on refugees. This topic interests me because refugees worldwide remain vulnerable and often are not under the protection of the government where they reside. This lack of protection exposes them to unsanitary and unsafe living conditions, lack of medical care, malnutrition, sexual and physical abuse, human rights abuses, and death. 

Before working at the McCain Institute, I previously served as an intern and a youth advisor for Congresswoman Katie Porter of California’s 47th district. I also served as a national security strategy intern for the American Security Project (ASP), where I published articles on Ethiopia’s conflict with the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), coup contagion in Africa, and the conflict in Yemen.


Sarah is working with Dr. Aitana Guia »