The Praemon Team

Michael Fields (President, Analyst)








Michael Fields is currently a junior at Brigham Young University studying Middle Eastern Studies and Arabic. His interest in international affairs and national security began when he lived in Germany during his Middle School and High School years. Michael was a full-time volunteer for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints for two years in Edmonton, Alberta. He is currently a security analyst for Brigham Young University and serves in the Army National Guard. Michael looks forward to a career serving his country. (click here to read Michael’s articles)

Abe Collier (Analyst)

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Abe Collier is a junior at Brigham Young University and majoring in Philosophy, which has allowed him to study and analyze a variety of disparate topics such as politics, business, ethics, culture, international relations, music, and even sports. He also minors in Latin American Studies and Business Strategy and learned Spanish while serving an LDS mission in Washington State. His internship in Puebla, Mexico  teaching job-hunting seminars and studying Mexican culture and literature has spurred an intense interest in Latin American politics and foreign affairs, subjects he now covers for Praemon. Future plans include management consulting, grad school, and university administration, though he intends to welcome any unexpected opportunities that come up along the way. (click here to read Abe’s articles)

Blake Bonar (Analyst)


Blake Bonar is a senior at Utah State University majoring in International Studies with an emphasis on Peace and Security. He is also studying Arabic and is the current Vice President of the USU chapter of Sigma Iota Rho, the Honor Society for International Studies. He served a two-year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Samoa where he cultivated an interest in foreign languages and cultures. His specialties in counterterrorism, Middle Eastern studies, and intelligence studies will aid him as he seeks opportunities for advancement within the intelligence community.

Christian Curriden (Analyst)

Christian Curriden is a junior at Brigham Young University studying History, Korean, and Chinese.  This fall, he plans to take a semester off of his work as a research assistant for professors Hyer and Larsen and travel to China for language studies.  In the future, he looks forward to participating in the Chinese Flagship Program, and later going on to postgraduate studies in East Asian history. (click here to read Christian’s articles)

Gayleen Webb (Editor)

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Gayleen is a junior at Brigham Young University studying English Language with minors in both Spanish and Editing. Gayleen’s passion lies in the linguistic side of her major. She speaks Spanish and has taken a bit of German. Gayleen would love to pursue a career in editing in television or radio broadcasting after graduation.

Logan Dopp (Analyst)


Logan is a junior, studying International Relations at Brigham Young University. He recently returned from a study abroad program in Beijing, China where he studied comparative politics between the US and the People’s Republic of China. He also served a mission for the LDS Church in New Jersey where he learned to speak Spanish and learned about a variety of Latin American cultures. Last year, Logan founded a non-profit organization called H2O International. They help to bring clean drinking water to those in need. Following graduation, he plans to continue studying other cultures and systems of government and hopes to work in the Foreign Service. (click here to read Logan’s articles)

Sophie Roberts (Editor)


Sophie Roberts is a junior studying English and planning to minor in Editing at Brigham Young University. She has also been studying Spanish for five years, and is passionate about language acquisition. Sophie is a Writing Fellow at BYU, and loves being able to use her skills in writing and editing to help other students with their writing assignments. After graduation, she plans to work as an editor for a magazine or newspaper.

Sydney Outzen (Analyst)


Sydney Outzen is a junior at Brigham Young University studying International Relations with an emphasis in International Politics and Arabic. She grew up in northern Virginia and the DC area where her family fostered her interest in politics. She also has an interest in education policies and worked as an intern for Teach for America. Currently, Sydney is looking forward to returning to DC for a summer internship and spending fall semester with BYU’s study abroad program in Amman, Jordan. Following graduation, she hopes to work as a human rights analyst and complete a graduate degree in International Conflict. (click here to read Sydney’s articles)

Ted Ellsworth (Analyst)

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Ted is a freshman at Brigham Young University double majoring in International Relations and Arabic. He grew up in Idaho Falls, Idaho. His love for international affairs developed early in high school as a result of competitive debate and through participation in Amnesty International. He looks forward to studying abroad in the Middle East and hopes to work with a non-governmental organization promoting human rights. (click here to read Ted’s articles)