M.A. Candidate – Class of 2020

I was born and raised in Hackney, East London, where the melting pot of numerous different cultures embedded multiculturalism into my own sense of identity. I have always been intrigued by the unique identities of those in cosmopolitan places which inspired me to start the British People of Colour society at university, with the intention of empowering and unifying British ethnic minority students. The notion of a hybrid identity, transcending the usual strata of class, race, and gender, spurred me to pursue the M.A. in Global Thought, where I hope to conduct further research into transnational identities and movements.

I studied International History at the London School of Economics, where I developed a foundational understanding of globalisation and diplomacy in modules ranging from Islamic Empires and the Arab-Israeli Conflict to the political history of East Asia and British imperialism. My studies motivated my decision to complete a graduate internship at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office where I worked as a policy and projects officer in the Europe Directorate. Writing briefings for the Foreign Secretary and Prime Minister as Brexit unravelled was an invaluable experience that contributed to my decision to pursue further studies in international affairs before embarking on a global career. After graduating, I hope to either take my offer to join the British Diplomatic Service or initiate a career in political consulting.

I look forward to building my global network through studying at Columbia and making the most of the vast opportunities available in New York City. I wish to take an intersectional approach to my masters and continue my study of race, gender, and identity in a globalised world both through my thesis and electives. I am excited to embrace the interdisciplinary nature of the MA Global Thought course and expand my academic portfolio beyond history.

Education

  • London School of Economics, B.A. History, 2018