Saraphina Birtolo

Peer Advisor


Saraphina Birtolo is a senior IS major with a concentration in Cooperation and Conflict, and a minor in Arabic studies. She has studied both Arabic and French at BC and looks forward to participating in travel and study abroad post-grad. Throughout her time at BC, Saraphina has served as an undergraduate research fellow for Prof. Peter Krause's Project on National Movements and Political Violence and for Prof. David DiPasquale's work on Islamic philosophy. Her area of interest is the Middle East, specifically relating to terrorism, Islam, and the role of non state actors in the region.

This year, Saraphina is writing a thesis on US foreign policy in the Middle East with Professor Krause and she is in the process of applying for a TAPIF teaching position in France for next year.

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Quick facts:

  • Senior IS major concentrating in Conflict & Cooperation , with a minor in Arabic Studies
  • From Kennebunk, Maine
  • Proficient in French, conversant in Arabic
  • Studied Arabic in Jordan via NSLI-Y Critical Language program, summer 2017
  • Research assistant for 
  • Has served as a research assistant for Profs. Peter Krause and David DiPasquale 
  • fellow, John Marshall Project


Some favorite courses:

  • Comparative Politics of the Middle East
  • Intro to International Relations of the Middle East (Prof. Erickson)
  • Arabic (Prof. Ghobrial) 

Peer advising:

  • In Fall 2021, Saraphina is available for online advising at various times during the week, and for walk-in advising at Connolly House on Tuesdays from 12-2pm.