I am currently working on an essay, and I have a question about a certain pair of commas. Consider the following sentence:
One of my classmates, Simona Stoyanova, and I carried out independent research, focused on the rotation curve of the Milky Way and dark matter.
Are the commas, which surround the name Simona Stoyanova, needed. I know that if I haven't mentioned the name before there shouldn't be any commas in this place, but it just feels unnatural to write it without the commas.