MA Graduate – Class of 2017

I was born in London, England and grew up in New York City. I earned my BA at Columbia University, where I majored in Political Science with a focus on International Relations and American Politics. My academic studies led to a particular interest in political economy and global financial systems. As an undergraduate, I had elected positions in Columbia College Student Council and was involved in Senior Fund, and have since been a member of various alumni groups. After graduating from the Columbia Global Thought MA program in May 2017, I will be working at HSBC in New York.

Research Interests

My MA research within the Global Thought program was rooted in my interests in multilateral institutions and in global capital market challenges. I focused on the role of domestic politics in shaping the effects of International Monetary Fund (IMF) programs; in other words, on whether the effects of these programs are negotiated and mediated by domestic political factors in borrowing countries. My work attempted to ascertain exactly how political institutions and interests determine government spending and influence the distribution of expenditure reductions under the umbrella of IMF programs. In order to assess this, I looked at two case studies: the 1982 debt crisis in Mexico, and the 1998 – 2002 crisis in Argentina.

Education

  • B.A., Columbia University, Political Science, 2012-2016