Listen in to these podcasts made by the IA 400 Capstone course students!

The following are three examples of podcasts made by the IA 400 Capstone course in the Spring semester of 2020

Alex Doe is a senior with a double major in Government & Law and International Affairs. His motivation for creating a podcast about diplomatic immunity came from his interests in international security and diplomacy. Given the particular importance of diplomacy in the present moment, he enjoyed revisiting both the modern and historical debates surrounding the topic.

Elene Jalagonia is a graduating senior, Economics, and International Affairs double major at Lafayette. She chose ethnic dining to bring forward the human stories of globalization. Elene’s research interests include political economy and bureaucratic politics, international development, and institutional change.

Maggie Briggs is an Economics and International Affairs double major with a minor in Spanish at Lafayette College. She is interested in economic development and resiliency, educational opportunities, Latin American history, and makeup. Her project was inspired by her love for creative makeup as well as celebrities, women in politics, and famous feminists.

Maggie Brigg’s IA 400 Capstone Creative Project 


The following are three examples of podcasts made by the IA 400 Capstone course in the Spring semester of 2019.

Fanessa Elysdalia de la Rosa, from New York, New York, is receiving her B.A. in Engineering and International Affairs and a minor in French. She focuses her studies within the IA department on development in Africa. Given her personal and academic background, Fanessa’s decision to research the globalization of cassava stems from her drive to find the connection between seemingly opposing experiences. Cassava serves as a valuable case study in understanding how power influences access and the role of commodities in people’s lives. After she graduates, Fanessa will be pursuing a career in international development specifically in sustainable community development with a focus on STEM initiatives.

The Globalization of Cassava

Daniel Gonzalez is an International Affairs and Engineering Studies double major focused on the use of data in cities to shape our everyday lives. He chose Uber as a case study because of its growing influence on the labor market and gig economy, especially in urban areas. Other interests include Sustainability, Renewable Energy Systems, and blockchain.


Uber: Changing Mobility and Labor

 Joann Sexton is an International Affairs and Asian Studies double major with a minor in English Literature at Lafayette College. Her interests include East Asian culture, international relations and security policy, global crime organizations, global governance and all things Disney. She credits the inspiration for her podcast to her obsession with the Netflix series Narcos.

“That’s Dope!”: the Globalization of Heroin and the War on Drugs