Below is a list of current graduate students associated with the Honors Global Communities:


Tristan's Head ShotTristan Hightower (Pronouns: he/him/his)

Tristan M. Hightower is a Ph. D. candidate in the Department of Government and Politics and is excited to be the Fall 2023 Graduate Teaching Assistant for HGLO208 and a section of HGLO101. For Spring 2024, Tristan will teach one section of GVPT201 and will oversee HGLO208 students’ research practicums. Part of his duties also include assisting HGLO Director, Prof. Sarah Croco, in making strategic curricular decisions for the 2nd year students. Tristan previously served as a TA for multiple GVPT courses as well as instructor-of-record for multiple electives. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee and a master’s degree from the University of Maryland. His dissertation is focused on interest groups in the American political system. His research can be found in multiple peer-reviewed outlets, most recently Political Science Research and Methods.

Email: thighto [at] | Website: 



Image removed.Daniel Tuke (Pronouns: he/him/his)

Daniel Tuke is a Ph. D. student in the Department of Government and Politics, and is excited to be the Graduate Teaching Assistant for the BSGC 101/102 - Global Communities program this year. Daniel has previously worked as the Teaching Assistant for the Minor in International Development and Conflict Management, and has also done research with the Center for International Development and Conflict Management. Daniel holds Bachelors Degrees in Political Science and International Studies from Wittenberg University, and has done fieldwork in the Republic of Gerogia, interned with the Center for American Progress, and worked in banking for several years before coming to UMD. Daniel's research work focuses on political economy and interstate disputes, with a particular focus on the politics of remittances, and has a regional focus in Russia and the former Soviet space.

Email: dtuke [at]

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