Communications Student InternStudent Team MembersTophie Fisher began his student career at The Ohio State University in the fall of 2006. He took an extended hiatus from 2008 to 2014 to work, travel, and better prepare himself mentally for the rigors of collegiate life. Since returning in 2014, he has declared a major in International Studies (specializing in Security and Intelligence) with a minor in Arabic. During the summer of 2016 he interned for TD Eamon Ryan of the Irish Parliament. He hopes to gain employment once he receives his undergraduate diploma, but is also thinking about graduate school. Tophie has been interested in the Middle East from an early age, particularly its skewed depictions in Western media and culture. His primary regional interest is the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the circumstances by which that conflict continues unabated. Tophie is currently pursuing graduation with research distinction, investigating to what extent domestic politics influences the ability of Israeli and Palestinian leaders to compromise with one another. Tophie's primary duties at the Middle East Studies Center revolve around coordination of various projects under the Associate Director. He is currently managing a volunteer researcher in Tehran, Iran, who is photographing the coins of ancient Persia; and helping to organize a series of events related to Islamophobia. Tophie has also helped create and edit content for the MESC website.