Program Manager, Humanitarian Evidence Program, Feinstein International Center; PhD Candidate, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy
Thesis Topic: 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
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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.