Program Manager, Humanitarian Evidence Program, Feinstein International Center; PhD Candidate, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy
Thesis Title: Representations of leadership in Weimar film and photography
What Now: Program Manager, Humanitarian Evidence Program, Feinstein International Center; PhD Candidate, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy
My undergraduate studies centered around understanding narratives of violence and injustice, as conveyed in texts in both the social sciences and the humanities. I was particularly interested in critical analyses of power, and specifically in feminist theory and gender analysis of armed conflict. After graduating from Harvard, I was committed to understanding violence not only in theory and from a distance, but also in terms of exploring how individuals experience it in the day to day. In 2009, I began working in the humanitarian field, with a specific focus on gender and violence in conflict and post-conflict contexts. Over the years, I have worked with refugees, victims of sexual violence and enforced disappearance, and former combatants in the Middle East, East Africa, and Latin America. I am now pursuing a dual path: For my job, I manage a series of humanitarian research programs aimed at synthesizing evidence on which interventions work in preventing and responding to crises during armed conflict and disasters. I am simultaneously pursuing a PhD on the politics of victimhood in armed conflict and its aftermath, with a specific focus on Colombia. In the future, I hope to work at the intersection of academia and humanitarian practice, and to continue using critical lenses to understand experiences of violence and injustice.