Alice Farmer

Alice Farmer

Class of 2000, Modern Europe
Protection Officer, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
Alice Farmer

Thesis Title: The Explosion of the New Created by the Rite of Spring

What Now: Protection Officer, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

I am now a refugee lawyer for the United Nations. At the moment I specialize in U.S. refugee law, working in Washington D.C. Before this job, I was based in Geneva, Switzerland and my career has taken me all over the world. I spent many years conducting human rights investigations (similar to investigative journalism) in refugee camps, detention centers, and other settings in Asia, Africa, and Europe. Hist and Lit has been a useful foundation for this. First, at Harvard I focused on French history and literature (including Francophone studies). I've used French professionally in France, francophone Africa, and Switzerland, and my understanding of francophone history gained during my time with Hist and Lit has been helpful. Second, as a refugee and human rights lawyer I conduct research into children's rights issues and draft articles and reports on those topics. The training I got as a writer in Hist and Lit - augmented by further training in law school - comes in handy.

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