I was born and raised in Fort Collins, Colorado. Before starting my Ph.D. at Emory University, I was a Fulbright Scholar in Lima, Peru, where I conducted research on women in the Peruvian National Police. I also helped organize women in one of Lima’s poorest communities to create a women’s cooperative. Before that, I worked as a community organizer in Denver, Colorado for almost two years working with immigrant women. During my undergraduate career, I developed, implemented, and helped teach a new course at Georgetown University on civic engagement and education. I have a Master’s Degree in Forced Migration from Oxford University and a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Foreign Service from Georgetown University. I am fluent in English, Bengali and Spanish. In my spare time, I like to travel, read (non-academic books), and kickbox.