Originally a Literature student from the University of Buenos Aires, I finished an MPhil in Latin American Studies at Cambridge with a Simón Bolívar Scholarship in June 2007. Focusing on guerrilla movements active during the 1970s in Argentina, I am interested in the way children of militants who disappeared during the 1976-1983 dictatorship use visual mediums to reflect on their parents’ political practices. My PhD will examine the links between Politics and Literature from 1969 to 1974. My concern over memory and militancy was fuelled during 2005 when I was invited by the Argentine Ministry of Education to participate in a team promoting discussion over these issues in schools and universities. After finishing my PhD I will continue to work for FLACSO and other institutions,
As a Palestinian-American dividing my time between Jordan and the United States, I have always struggled with living on the margins. However, fiction provided a sense of belonging and stability in my life, later influencing my study of English literature at UC Davis. During my time as an English major, I searched for Arab representation in the novels that I read. While taking a Climate Fiction course, I realized that my culture was not being represented in the climate narrative. The Jordan River is being siphoned off and I am watching my country gradually evaporate, yet there are no works of climate fiction that address these issues. As part of my undergraduate thesis, I examined how authors grapple with climate change while trying to represent marginalized communities. Through the MPhil in English Studies: Criticism and Culture, I hope to further engage with this interdisciplinary research, since climate change is intricately woven with colonialism. I believe that creating a dialogue between science and literature, while giving a platform to disenfranchised communities, is essential for tackling anthropogenic climate change.
University of California Davis English 2020
I am interested in applying mathematical models to the study of genome evolution. Projects I've undertaken during my time in Cambridge have included visualizing the tree of life, simulating the evolution of genes and genomes, and using comparative genomics to pinpoint ecological differences between primates. Growing up, I developed a keen sense of awe for the workings of nature, whose products can be so beautifully simple in form yet so detailed in function. Now at the graduate level, in the face of immense scientific complexity, that feeling hasn't diminished; I hope it never will.
A native of Detroit who attended Michigan State University to study Political Science, I am deeply committed to reforming a US criminal justice system that is expensive, frequently counterproductive, and terribly damaging to inmates, their families, entire communities, and the functioning of democracy. As an undergraduate I carried out research on racial hierarchies, the self-segregation of African American and Latinx students in university dorms, and the misrepresentation of minorities in US history high school textbooks. I also served as Michigan State’s President of the Council of Disabilities and as Chief of Staff for a legal non-profit which, among other roles, represents refugees at risk of deportation. As an MPhil student in Criminological Research at Cambridge, I will conduct comparative research on the causes, rates and effects of incarceration across counties with a view to better understanding the exceptionalism of American penal policy. This will prepare me for a career dedicated to making the US criminal justice system more rational, equitable, and humane. I am thrilled to have the chance to get to know students from around the world who share my passion for learning and applying the fruits of academic inquiry.
Michigan State University Political Science 2021
Soon after I finished my undergraduate studies in classical music, my focus shifted from opera performance to education during times of conflict. In 2013, I completed a Fulbright-mtvU Fellowship in Jordan, where I researched and implemented music education programming for displaced children and youth. In the three years that followed, I worked throughout the Middle East primarily as a consultant for government, UN and international organizations on projects to support youth education, gender equality and economic engagement. These experiences solidified my commitment to advancing outcomes for young people in the region, while also raising difficult questions about the potential for humanitarian efforts to unintentionally harm those they aim to help. This dilemma is at the heart of my doctoral research on education and conflict in Syria, which will examine how wartime politics both shape and are shaped by education and international aid. By addressing these fissures, my hope is that research of this kind will contribute to bringing about safer, more meaningful and just educational opportunities for young people affected by conflict in Syria and beyond.
University of Rochester
University of Cambridge
I grew up in the snowy Catskill Mountains of Upstate New York. At Cambridge, my PhD research will explore how the British police handle hate crimes, with an emphasis on hate crimes against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people. I intend on using my research to improve hate crime policing within North America and the European Union. In 2012-13, I will take a year off from Cambridge to brush up on my country-western dance moves in Texas and serve as a judicial clerk on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. After graduate school, I hope to enter academia and be involved in making public policy on criminal sentencing, criminal procedure, and law enforcement related issues.