MA Graduate – Class of 2016

I am currently completing a masters thesis at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra about gendered acculturation and the (re)construction of gender performance among the Pakistani diaspora community in Barcelona. Previously, I worked for a community organization connecting low income New Yorkers to services, and for a literacy center in a Haitian slum in the Dominican Republic. I am interested in inequality, acculturation, third culture identity, gender studies, empathy, and Buddhist philosophy. In my spare time, I enjoy teaching yoga in the park. I am looking forward to meeting everyone from the program and growing from the experience.

Research Interests

I am currently interested in the intersection between immigration, empathy, and inequality. I am fascinated by how contact with the “other” can either lead to deepened understanding or heightened conflict, and am interested in what makes people become cultural bridges. I want to learn what fosters empathy as I see it as necessary to combatting the growing disparities in today’s world. I am particularly interested in how immigration, media, and the internet facilitate “contact” between drastically different cultural groups.

Upon completion of the program, I hope to pursue a Ph.D. I am interested in community building work and a research career.

MA Thesis

“Managing Difference Among the Fluid: Incorporating a Fluid Conception of Identity into Models of Diversity Management”


  • BA, International Affairs, George Washington University, 2008-2011
  • MA, Immigration Management Universitat Pompeu Fabra, 2014-2015