Read about this month’s International Studies Alumni Spotlight. Alumni were asked to share how their International Studies major or minor has influenced their path after graduating from the University of Michigan.
BA Public Policy; minor, International Studies (International Security, Cooperation, and Norms); minor, Spanish ‘18
Hometown: Wheaton, Illinois
University of Michigan Affiliations: Michigan Journal of International Affairs, Kappa Alpha Pi, Michigan Community Scholars Program
“My International Studies minor gave me incredible insight into specific international themes that I could focus on. It was through my 301 class that I found my specific interest in democratization, which is the space I now work in at the International Republican Institute, a non-partisan, non-profit international development organization in Washington, D.C. that seeks to promote free and fair democracies around the world. As a program associate in its Latin America and the Caribbean division, I work on democracy building projects that support initiatives like investigative journalism, transparency and accountability, countering violent extremism and gender-based violence, legislative reform, civil society advocacy, and citizen inclusion. All of these are topics I began to discuss in my International Studies minor, so I feel prepared and grateful to continue that work beyond the classroom.”