MS in Global Affairs
Alumna, Class of 2012
During my first year in the MS in Global Affairs, Dr. Thomas Hill introduced me to the two ideas that amounted to a turning point in my career. First, I learned that peacebuilding was a unified field of work with a well-developed body of theory and complex technologies of practice and a goal that most find idealistic, intangible, and improbable—ending violent conflict. Second, I learned that a new subfield was emerging, which connected the economic development work I already was passionate about with peacebuilding and the data revolution: peace economics.
Dr. Hill facilitated an internship with the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP) and their Workshop in Applied Peacebuilding. Later, I worked with Dr. Jurgen Brauer, a thought leader in peace economics, to develop IEP’s first methodology for measuring the economic costs of violence and benefits of peace.
Today, I work full time as a Research Fellow at IEP headquarters in Sydney, Australia. As a result of my study of positive peace with Dr. Hill and my thesis work on the particular types of breakdowns in peacefulness that affect Mexico, I am currently leading our research team’s efforts on positive peace and our annual Mexico Peace Index. I have had the opportunity to contribute to the Global Peace Index, the Global Terrorism Index, and a variety of our consulting projects, through which we provide the data and knowledge needed to make decisions that contribute to peacebuilding efforts worldwide.
My ability to do this work is a direct result of the analytical foundation and professional network I developed while studying at the Center for Global Affairs. I’m extremely grateful for the training and intellectual and professional development I gained from my CGA education, and I hope to be able to look back and say that the work that came of it truly made a difference.