Student Leaders and Members

Zachary Burpee (’23)

Co-Discussion Lead

Zack Burpee is a sophomore at Tufts who serves on the MERG e-board as one of the discussions leads. Born and raised in Seattle, Zack is pursuing an International Relations major with a Middle East concentration. Through an internship with a film production company in the spring of 2020, he learned the importance of balancing perspectives and telling the complete story. Outside of MERG, Zack competes with the Tufts ultimate frisbee team, plays trumpet with the jazz orchestra, and is involved with the Tufts Daily.

Alex Dingle (’24)

Co-Discussion Lead

Alexandra (Alex) Dingle is a first year from New York City. She has spent every summer visiting her family in Greece, where she has been able to not only learn about her culture, but also meet with people from neighboring countries. This is what sparked her interest in global affairs. She intends to major in International Relations and Civic Studies. She is excited to be a part of MERG as she is passionate about the Middle East. On campus, she is the Democracy Representative for Jumbo Vote. She is also involved with Tufts Democrats, European Horizons, Women In IR, and Women’s Higher Education Now (WHEN).

Connor Doyle (’21)


Connor is a senior International Relations major and Arabic minor from near Albany, New York. He has been heavily involved with the IGL in extracurricular settings. Connor is a 3-year e-board member of MERG previously as IGL Liaison (sophomore year) and co-treasurer (Junior spring). Connor also participated in the EPIIC Colloquium 2018-2019: Migration in a Turbulent World. He was selected as an Empower Fellow for the summer of 2019, when he worked as an Entrepreneur Selection and Growth Intern at global nonprofit Endeavor’s office in Dubai, UAE. The following summer Connor interned for IGL alumnus Anoop Swaminath as a business segmentation analyst intern for a stealth startup. Outside of school and MERG, Connor can be found in the pool with the Varsity Swimming and Diving team, hiking in the White Mountains, or doing yoga on his back porch.

Ravi Patel (’23)

Marketing Lead/IGL Liason

Ravi Patel is a second year from Foxboro, MA. He is majoring in International Relations with a concentration in International Security. He is also a second year Air Force ROTC cadet at the MIT detachment, and is the ROTC Representative for ALLIES here at Tufts.

Izzy Rosenbaum (’21)

Events Lead

Isabel Rosenbaum is a senior from Brooklyn, NY studying Middle Eastern Studies and Anthropology. Prior to Tufts, she studied Arabic in Oman and Morocco and spent last fall studying in Lebanon. In addition to MERG, her involvement with the IGL includes participation in the 2018-2019 EPIIC Colloquium and the Global Fellows program, through which she spent a summer working in Lesvos, Greece. Her research interests include sectarianism, media and protest movements, and forced migration in the Eastern Mediterranean.