M.A. Candidate – Class of 2018

I grew up in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina where I lived until moving to Boston, Massachusetts to pursue a Bachelors of Arts in International Studies and Philosophy at Boston College. My studies focused particularly on social justice, international normative ethics, and morality. While at BC I had the opportunity to apply my studies through a series of immersion experiences, including studying abroad in Cape Town, South Africa, travelling to Israel and Palestine as part of an independent study, and leading a group of students to Jamaica as a part of an educational empowerment initiative for underserved students in Kingston. These experiences confirmed that my passion for social justice could translate into a career in sustainable international development and have led me to Columbia.

Research Interests

Driven by a keen interest in development policy, planning, and strategy, I aim to influence policy for the Sustainable Development Goals. Specifically, this translates into the objective to guide UNDP policy in the areas of poverty alleviation, inequality reduction, or peacebuilding. I aim to gain a more intricate understanding of the intersection between economic and human development and how they interact to create sustainable change. To do so, I want to analyze past and current development projects to examine how cultural, political, and economic factors impact the success or failure of such efforts in developing societies.

Education

  • B.A., International Studies and Philosophy, Boston College, 2016