Maria Lammerding

Executive Committee – General Representative

Maria Lammerding


Master of Journalism and International Relations

Contact details


General representatives may contribute to the MGA in any of the following ways:

  • Attending the monthly MGAEC meetings, contributing to decision making and voting on issues of concern.
  • Conducting some background research to support an MGA submission.
  • Talking to graduate students in their department/course/faculty to find out what the current issues are.
  • Contributing to one of the many subcommittees that are created for a specific event/issue.
  • Volunteering at an MGA orientation, social event or seminar.


I am an international student from Canada. In 2021, I completed my Bachelor of Arts in political science with a focus on comparative politics from the University of British Columbia.

Due to pandemic related complications, I decided to pursue a graduate degree in international relations and journalism. It combines my fascination for international politics and my love of writing.

After completing my studies, I am eager to work for an international organisation, researching, analysing, and writing about the complex systems which influence global relations, but are often absent from diplomatic discussions. Specific areas which interest me are migration, gender, and historical intuitionalism.

This is my first term with MGA, and I am looking forward to working with and for the graduate students of Monash. I strongly believe in building and growing a supportive community, especially within a university setting, and I am excited to do my part in cultivating that through being part of the executive committee.

Personal Interests

The love of my life is traveling as I feel most comfortable out of my comfort zone. And aside from the basic interests of movies and reading, I am (ridiculously) obsessed with dogs!

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