NYU Center for Global Affairs Research Practicum

NYU Center For Global Affairs Research Practicum

Since Fall 2019, GNWP has been partnering with the Center for Global Affairs in the School of Professional Studies at the New York University, to deliver a Student Practicum and explore conditions for women’s meaningful participation in peace negotiations, implementation of peace agreements, post-conflict recovery, and youth inclusivity in policy processes through rigorous research.

As part of the Practicum, which is organized periodically, a group of students work under the supervision of Clinical Professor Dr. Anne Marie Goetz to conduct research into priority themes related to women’s meaningful participation and other intersecting priorities, identified by the GNWP team. GNWP supports the students, connecting them to our local and national partners, providing access to data, and to events and discussions at the UN and in other policy spaces. GNWP works together with the students to ensure that their findings are translated into concrete recommendations, which inform our global and local advocacy efforts to ensure women’s effective engagement in ongoing peace talks, in longer-term recovery and conflict prevention, and the inclusion of young people in national-level policy planning.

In Fall 2019, the students explored the interlinkages between women’s participation in peace negotiations and gender provisions in peace agreements; and women’s political and economic inclusion post-conflict.

In Fall 2020, the students explored the impacts of COVID-19 on the implementation of gender provisions in peace agreements, as well as on women-led peacebuilding.

In Fall 2021, the students explored the perspectives of youth peacebuilders on their inclusion in national-level policy planning on Women, Peace and Security and Youth, Peace and Security.

In Winter 2023, the students explored women’s political participation in post-conflict contexts, including case study examples from Colombia, Nepal and South Sudan.

In Fall 2023, the students are exploring the intersections of technology and gender as well as cybersecurity and Women, Peace and Security.

Dr. Anne Marie Goetz
Academic Supervisor

Research Report: 2023

Women’s Meaningful Participation in Post-Conflict: Mechanisms and Challenges in Colombia, Nepal and South Sudan

A research report produced as part of a research-based practicum organized by the Global Network of Women Peacebuilders (GNWP) and the Center for Global Affairs of the School of Professional Studies at New York University (NYU).

GNWP thanks the Center for Global Affairs of the School of Professional Studies (CGA) at NYU for the partnership that led to this publication.

Authors: Jocelyne Enriquez, Ali Foote, Alani Frace, Pía Madanes Quintanilla, Siaira Milroy, Ava Strasser and Yuiko Yoshikawa, Center for Global Affairs, School of Professional Studies, NYU

Local researchers:

Colombian case study: Monica Pachon-Buitrago

Nepalese case study: Pinky Singh Rana

South Sudan case study: Lona James Elia Luduro

Academic Supervisor: Dr. Anne Marie Goetz, NYU

Substantive Editor: Katrina Leclerc, Cecilia Lazara and Verónica Rodríguez Cárdenas, GNWP

Project Advisors: Katrina Leclerc and Cecilia Lazara, GNWP

Research Report: 2022

Perspectives on Youth Engagement in Operationalizing Peace and Security at a National Level

A research report produced as part of a research-based practicum organized by the Global Network of Women Peacebuilders (GNWP) and the Center for Global Affairs of the School of Professional Studies at New York University (NYU).

GNWP thanks the Center for Global Affairs of the School of Professional Studies (CGA) at NYU for the partnership that led to this publication.

Authors: Dennis Aveta, Alonna Despain, Jen Rauch, Cynthia Saxena, Nikki Stoumen & Sara Zabihi, Center for Global Affairs, School of Professional Studies, NYU

Academic Supervisor: Dr. Anne Marie Goetz, NYU

Substantive Editor: Katrina Leclerc, GNWP

Project Advisors: Katrina Leclerc and Agnieszka Fal-Dutra Santos, GNWP

Research Report: 2021

The pandemic will not stop us: The impact of COVID-19 on women’s peace activism in Colombia, the Philippines, South Sudan and Ukraine

Case study reports produced as part of a research-based Practicum organized by the Global Network of Women Peacebuilders and the Center for Global Affairs of the School of Professional Studies at NYU.

GNWP thanks Center for Global Affairs of the School of Professional Studies (CGA) at the New York University for the partnership that led to this publication.

Authors: Heidi Gasperetti, Sena Bölükoğlu, Christine Choi, and B. Kathryn Baron, Center for Global Affairs, School of Professional Studies, New York University

Academic Supervisor: Dr. Anne Marie Goetz

Project Advisors: Agnieszka Fal-Dutra Santos and Nikou Salamat, Global Network of Women Peacebuilders 

Layout and Design: Katrina Leclerc

Research Report: 2020

Gender-Sensitive Provisions In Peace Agreements And Women’s Political And Economic Inclusion Post-Conflict

Summary of results of a research-based Practicum organized by the Global Network of Women Peacebuilders and the Center for Global Affairs of the School of Professional Studies at NYU

Jillian Abballe, Emma Grant, Foteini Papagioti, Dorie Reisman, Nicole Smith: Center for Global Affairs, School of Professional Studies, New York University

Agnieszka Fal-Dutra Santos, Global Network of Women Peacebuilders

Academic Supervisor: Dr. Anne Marie Goetz

Project Advisor and Substantive Editor: Mavic Cabrera-Balleza

GNWP thanks Center for Global Affairs of the School of Professional Studies (CGA) at the New York University for the partnership that led to this publication. The findings will inform GNWP’s advocacy and implementation to ensure women’s meaningful participation in peace processes and decision-making at all levels.

Meet the NYU Student Researchers

Winter 2024 Cohort

Amanda Said
MS Student in Global Affairs
Center For Global Affairs, School Of Professional Studies, New York University
Emily Folsom
MS Student in Global Affairs
Center For Global Affairs, School Of Professional Studies, New York University
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Emily Johnson
MS Student in Global Affairs
Center For Global Affairs, School Of Professional Studies, New York University
Megi Pishtari
MS Student in Global Affairs
Center For Global Affairs, School Of Professional Studies, New York University
Viola Wan
MS Student in Global Affairs
Center For Global Affairs, School Of Professional Studies, New York University

Winter 2023 Cohort

Alani Frace
MS Student in Global Affairs
Center For Global Affairs, School Of Professional Studies, New York University
Ali Foote
MS Student in Global Affairs
Center For Global Affairs, School Of Professional Studies, New York University
Ava Strasser
MS Student in Global Affairs
Center For Global Affairs, School Of Professional Studies, New York University
Jocelyne Enriquez
MS Student in Global Affairs
Center For Global Affairs, School Of Professional Studies, New York University
Siaira Milroy
MS Student in Global Affairs
Center For Global Affairs, School Of Professional Studies, New York University
Pía Madanes Quintanilla
MS Student in Global Affairs
Center For Global Affairs, School Of Professional Studies, New York University
Yuiko Yoshikawa
MS Student in Global Affairs
Center For Global Affairs, School Of Professional Studies, New York University

Fall 2021 Cohort

Alonna Despain
MS Student in Global Affairs
Center For Global Affairs, School Of Professional Studies, New York University
Cynthia Saxena
MS Student in Global Affairs
Center For Global Affairs, School Of Professional Studies, New York University
Dennis Aveta
MS Student in Global Affairs
Center For Global Affairs, School Of Professional Studies, New York University
Jen Rauch
MS Student in Global Affairs
Center For Global Affairs, School Of Professional Studies, New York University
Nikki Stoumen
MS Student in Global Affairs
Center For Global Affairs, School Of Professional Studies, New York University
Sara Zabihi
MS Student in Global Affairs
Center For Global Affairs, School Of Professional Studies, New York University

Fall 2020 Cohort

Christine Choi
MS Student in Global Affairs
Center For Global Affairs, School Of Professional Studies, New York University
Heidi Gasperetti
MS Student in Global Affairs
Center For Global Affairs, School Of Professional Studies, New York University
Kat Baron
MS Student in Global Affairs
Center For Global Affairs, School Of Professional Studies, New York University
Sena Bölükoğlu
MS Student in Global Affairs
Center For Global Affairs, School Of Professional Studies, New York University

Fall 2019 Cohort

Jillian Aballe
MS Student in Global Affairs
Center For Global Affairs, School Of Professional Studies, New York University
Emma Grant
MS Student in Global Affairs
Center For Global Affairs, School Of Professional Studies, New York University
Foteini Papagioti
MS Student in Global Affairs
Center For Global Affairs, School Of Professional Studies, New York University
Dorie Reisman
MS Student in Global Affairs
Center For Global Affairs, School Of Professional Studies, New York University
Nicole Smith
MS Student in Global Affairs
Center For Global Affairs, School Of Professional Studies, New York University


Amanda Said

MS Student in Global Affairs with a concentration in Global Gender Studies

Center for Global Affairs (CGA), School of Professional Studies, New York University (New York, USA)

Amanda Said is a second-year master’s student at NYU’s Center for Global Affairs where she is pursuing a degree in Global Affairs, with a concentration in Global Economy and a specialization in the United Nations.

Previously, Amanda interned at the International Rescue Committee where she worked to provide trauma-informed services to elder refugees and other humanitarian entrants to support their integration and independence. She also previously interned with a global research center where she worked on conducting research relating to irregular migration in Egypt and created literature reviews for intervention design.

Amanda holds two Bachelor’s degrees in Political Science and Economics from The American University in Cairo. She currently interns for the US Securities and Exchange Commission.

Emily Folsom

MS Student in Global Affairs with a concentration in Global Gender Studies

Center for Global Affairs (CGA), School of Professional Studies, New York University (New York, USA)

Emily Folsom is a second-year master’s student at NYU’s Center for Global Affairs where she is pursuing a degree in Global Affairs, with a concentration in Global Gender Studies.

In her previous role, Emily interned for the UN Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence Against Children where she worked to research childrens meaningful participation around the globe and aided in the creation of child-friendly documents pertaining to violence against children in the digital environment and SDGs. She also worked as an educator at Broken Arrow High School in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma where she taught Physical Science to sophomore students.

Emily’s research interests stem around violence against women and the intersection between mathematics and gender studies. Currently, she is examining the use of the cultural defense in legal cases of permanent body modification of female minors. Previously, she has created a new form of graphing sexuality, mathematically modeled the wage gap, and investigated racial biases within the justice system in cases of sexual violence.

Emily holds two Bachelor’s degrees in Mathematics and Gender Studies from The University of Tulsa in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Emily Johnson

MS Student in Global Affairs with a concentration in Peacebuilding

Center for Global Affairs (CGA), School of Professional Studies, New York University (New York, USA)

Emily Johnson is a second-year master’s student at NYU’s Center for Global Affairs where she
is pursuing a degree in Global Affairs, with a concentration in Peacebuilding.

Emily works at the Institute for Human Development and Social Change (IHDSC) at New York University (NYU) as a graduate assistant to the Peace Research and Education Program (PREP). Her primary responsibilities include active collaboration with peace research teams in Colombia, Libya, and Moldova, focusing on the development and facilitation of participatory action research. In doing this work, Emily is committed to fostering an environment conducive to equitable, grassroots-driven peacebuilding initiatives. Additionally, she serves as a graduate assistant to Dr. Anne Marie Goetz, engaging students and professors across diverse platforms and contributing to research with a specific focus on gender issues.

Emily’s professional focus lies in peacebuilding involving women activists, with a special
interest in understanding the roots of gender-based violence. Additionally, she is interested in
harnessing the potential of comprehensive sex education as a tool for building positive peace.
Her research initiatives delve into the critical role of women in contributing to and shaping
sustainable peace processes.

Emily has received a B.A. in Global Studies and Spanish from La Sierra University.

Megi Pishtari

MS Student in Global Affairs with a concentration in Global Gender Studies

Center for Global Affairs (CGA), School of Professional Studies, New York University (New York, USA)

Megi Pishtari is a second-year master’s student at NYU’s Center for Global Affairs where she is pursuing a degree in Global Affairs, with a concentration in Global Gender Studies.

In her current role, Megi champions the cause of women and marginalized groups as a Development officer at Global Fund for Women, where she actively partakes in steering intersectional gender justice movements across the globe.

In her past role, Megi served as a Grants Manager and Gender and Social Inclusion Consultant at Millennium Foundation Kosovo. As a grants manager, she worked on projects focused on poverty reduction through economic development while increasing capacities amongst Kosovo’s civil society as well as amplifying women’s voices in underrepresented fields. Megi also previously served as a researcher for the UN Special Rapporteur in the Field of Cultural Rights, with a focus on women’s access to cultural sites. Megi also worked for UNICEF, where she contributed to increasing opportunities for marginalized adolescent girls to meaningfully participate in policy formation and decision-making processes.

On the academic front, Megi received a BSc. in Business Management and Non-Profit Management from The King’s College and a Certificate of Professional Studies in International Human Rights Law and Gender Studies from Oxford University.

Viola Wan

MS Student in Global Affairs with a concentration in Global Gender Studies

Center for Global Affairs (CGA), School of Professional Studies, New York University (New York, USA)

Viola Wan is a second-year master’s student at NYU’s Center for Global Affairs where she is pursuing a degree in Global Affairs, with a concentration in Global Gender Studies.

With a background in journalism, Viola’s career has spanned various creative fields, including documentary photography and filmmaking. As an immigrant from the rural landscapes of southern China, she passionately explored critical issues such as immigration, migration, gentrification, and human rights through the captivating medium of visual storytelling. However, her life took a profound turn when she embraced motherhood, becoming a single parent to her beloved daughter, Valerie. It was through this transformative experience that Viola recognized the prevalent challenges and injustices that women, particularly mothers, face in society. This realization ignited her fervor for advocating reproductive rights, feminist economic principles, and the promotion of gender-inclusive urban planning and design, among other pressing gender-related concerns.

Viola holds a M.A in Multimedia, Photography and Design from Syracuse University, B.A.in Journalism and Communication Studies from University of Alabama.

Alani Frace

MS Student in Global Affairs with a concentration in Peacebuilding

Center for Global Affairs (CGA), School of Professional Studies, New York University (New York, USA)

Alani Frace is a second-year master’s student at NYU’s Center for Global Affairs pursuing a degree in Global Affairs with a concentration in Peacebuilding.

She has worked for SEED Foundation’s Anti-Trafficking Team in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. She has also interned at the Institute for Economics and Peace’s New York City Office as a Program Associate Intern for the Americas Region. Alani has volunteered as a Graduate Research Volunteer for WE ACT for Environmental Justice as well as a Volunteer Child Advocate for the Guardian ad Litem child protection program in Florida. She has lived in both Mexico and Colombia and is fluent in Spanish.

Alani holds two Bachelor’s degrees, one in International Studies and one in Criminology and Law, from the University of Florida. She currently works as a Research Fellow for the Human Exploitation and Resilience Initiative at New York University’s Marron Institute.

Ali Foote

MS Student in Global Affairs with a concentration in Peacebuilding and a focus on gender

Center for Global Affairs (CGA), School of Professional Studies, New York University (New York, USA)

Ali is a master’s student at NYU’s Center for Global Affairs pursuing a degree in Global Affairs with a concentration in Peacebuilding and a focus on gender. Her research interests include conflict-related sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV), feminist approaches to peacebuilding, and alternative political and economic systems in post-conflict societies.

Ali spent this past summer in Colombia and Uganda, working with local peacebuilding organizations. She conducted participatory action research with human rights defenders in Colombia, facilitating focus groups and interviews with youth, LGBTQ+, and female social leaders. She also worked in Lira, Uganda, with the African Youth Initiative Network (AYINET) to develop a training manual for mental health professionals who support survivors of SGBV in humanitarian emergencies.

Ali has a Bachelor of Science in Biology & Society from Cornell University. She is currently an Advocacy intern at NGO CSW/NY and a graduate assistant at NYU’s Peace Research and Education Program (PREP).

Ava Strasser

MS Student in Global Affairs with a concentration in Peacebuilding 

Center for Global Affairs (CGA), School of Professional Studies, New York University (New York, USA)

Ava Strasser is a second-year master’s student at NYU’s Center for Global Affairs pursuing a degree in Global Affairs with a concentration in Peacebuilding.

Previously, she has interned with local non-profit organizations supporting the resettlement of refugees and asylum seekers in Michigan and has experience working in Lira, Uganda and Lesbos, Greece. Her research interests include the participation of displaced women and girls in peace processes and the Women, Peace, and Security Agenda.

Ava holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Gender & Women’s Studies from Western Michigan University. She is currently interning with the United Nations Department of Peace Operations Security Sector Reform Unit, leading projects on gender-responsive security sector reform.

Jocelyne Enriquez

MS Student in International Relations and Global Futures with an emphasis on gender issues

Center for Global Affairs (CGA), School of Professional Studies, New York University (New York, USA)

Jocelyne Enriquez is a second-year master’s student at NYU’s Center for Global Affairs, concentrating on International Relations and Global Futures with an emphasis on gender issues.

She has worked with various organizations that fight for advancing equity, diversity, and inclusion for the Latino community in the US, such as We Are All Human, and with think tanks focusing on US-Latin America relations, such as Global Americans.

Jocelyne holds a bachelor’s degree in Media, Culture, and Communication from New York University, where she focused her work on minority representation.She is currently a Disinformation Analyst at the NYU Center for Cybersecurity, focusing on Latin America.

Siaira Milroy

MS Student in Global Affairs with a concentration in Peacebuilding with a specialization in Data Analytics

Center for Global Affairs (CGA), School of Professional Studies, New York University (New York, USA)

Siaira Milroy is currently a second-year master’s student at NYU’s Center for Global Affairs, studying Peacebuilding with a specialization in Data Analytics.

Last summer, she worked in Tunis, Tunisia, with Moomken Organization, based in Libya. While in Tunis, Siaira helped gain funding for a Libyan post-conflict city rehabilitation project and collaborated with her colleagues on the project design. Siaira is also a Paul D. Coverdell Fellow at NYU. In 2019 she was a Peace Corps volunteer in Guinea, West Africa, focusing on maternal and child health in small communities. Siaira values experiencing new cultures and learning from different people, having traveled to nearly 45 countries and living or working in 6. She speaks conversational Brazilian Portuguese.

Siaira attended undergraduate study at Michigan State University, holding a double bachelor’s in International Relations and Comparative Cultures and Politics with a minor in Bioethics.

Pía Madanes Quintanilla

MS Student in Global Affairs candidate with a concentration in Peacebuilding and a specialization in Data Analytics

Center for Global Affairs (CGA), School of Professional Studies, New York University (New York, USA)

Pía Madanes is a second-year graduate student at NYU’s Center for Global Affairs pursuing a degree in Global Affairs with a concentration in Peacebuilding and a specialization in Data Analytics.

Prior, she worked at the UN Secretariat, the Buenos Aires City Legislature, and multiple NGOs in Argentina and Jordan. Her research interests include transformative education, women’s empowerment, and feminist mobilization with an emphasis on Latin America.

Pía holds a Bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences with a specialization in communication and journalism from Torcuato Di Tella University, Argentina. She currently works as a Graduate Project Assistant at NYU’s Global TIES for Children, an international research center that generates robust and culturally-grounded evidence to support programs and policy action that promote children’s development in crisis-affected contexts.

Yuiko Yoshikawa

MS Student in Global Affairs with a concentration in Global Gender Studies

Center for Global Affairs (CGA), School of Professional Studies, New York University (New York, USA)

Yuiko Yoshikawa is a second-year master’s student at NYU’s Center for Global Affairs pursuing a degree in Global Affairs with a concentration in Global Gender Studies.

She worked as a freelance writer and editor for several women’s web media in Japan. While working, she developed a strong interest in gender equality. Her interests include women’s political empowerment, feminism, and the intersection between gender and climate change. As a “Zainichi Korean” minority in Japan, she is also interested in discrimination and human rights violations against immigrants and xenophobia.

Yuiko holds a J.D. from Kansai University in Japan. She has written a wide range of legal articles for Japanese law firms, on issues such as divorce cases, sex crimes, traffic accidents, and criminal cases.

Alonna Despain

MS Student in Global Affairs with a concentration in Human Rights and International Law

Center for Global Affairs (CGA), School of Professional Studies, New York University (New York, USA)

Alonna Despain is a second-year student master’s student at NYU’s Center for Global Affairs pursuing a degree in Global Affairs with a concentration in Human Rights and International Law an emphasis on women and gender. Alonna’s experience has included internships with the National Council on U.S. Arab Relations, the U.S. Department of State, the International Center for Transitional Justice, and Parliamentarians for Global Action. Presently, she is interning with the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, serving as graduate research and teaching assistant for Dr. Sylvia Maier, and is the Managing Editor for the NYU Global Affairs Review. Alonna holds a bachelor’s degree in Middle Eastern studies from the University of Oklahoma.

Cynthia Saxena

MS Student in Global Affairs with a concentration in Transnational Security and a specialization in Global Risk

Center for Global Affairs (CGA), School of Professional Studies, New York University (New York, USA)

Cynthia Saxena is a second-year master’s student at NYU’s Center for Global Affairs pursuing a a degree in Global Affairs with a concentration in Transnational Security and a specialization in Global Risk. Cynthia currently works as an Equity Specialist for an NGO in Toronto and serves as Professor Anne-Marie Goetz’s graduate assistant. Previously, she has worked in the Education sectors at UNICEF’s Regional Office in Bangkok as a Junior Professional Consultant and at UNESCO’s Cluster Office in New Delhi. She has also interned at a feminist counter-terrorism NGO in Kashmir (India) and at the Ontario Legislature in Government Relations. She has lived in both Canada and India and is fluent in Hindi and speaks conversational French. Her publications include Minding Our Minds During COVID19 (UNESCO), Needs-Assessment & Policy Recommendations Report (CASSA), and a blog post for UN-Association of Canada. Cynthia holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and equity studies from the University of Toronto.

Dennis Aveta

MS Student in Global Affairs with a concentration in Global Gender Studies

Center for Global Affairs (CGA), School of Professional Studies, New York University (New York, USA)

Dennis Aveta is a second-year master’s student at NYU’s Center for Global Affairs pursuing a degree in Global Affairs with a concentration in Global Gender Studies and focusing on Queer human rights progression. Dennis previously served as Advocacy Intern at ChildFund Alliance, with a focus on the areas of children in armed conflict and gender equality, leading to a greater interest in researching inclusive methods to peacebuilding and conflict resolution. Dennis holds a bachelor’s degree in international relations from Saint Anselm College.

Jen Rauch

MS Student in Global Affairs with a concentration in Global Gender Studies with a specialization in the United Nations

Center for Global Affairs (CGA), School of Professional Studies, New York University (New York, USA)

Megi Pishtari is a second-year master’s student at NYU’s Center for Global Affairs where she is pursuing a degree in Global Affairs, with a concentration in Global Gender Studies.

Jen Rauch is a second-year master’s student at NYU’s Center for Global Affairs pursuing a degree in Global Affairs with a concentration in Global Gender Studies with a specialization in the United Nations. She previously worked teaching English in France and China, and most recently as an Immigration Assistant at a local nonprofit and as the UN Program Intern for OutRight Action International.  She is proficient in French and understands intermediate Chinese and basic Arabic. Her research interests include women’s empowerment, gender equality movements, and patriarchal resistance in traditional societies and post-colonized states. Jen holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Duquesne University.

Nicole (Nikki) Stoumen

MS Student in Global Affairs with a concentration in International Law and Human Rights and Peacebuilding

Center for Global Affairs (CGA), School of Professional Studies, New York University (New York, USA)

Nicole (Nikki) Stoumen is a second-year master’s student at NYU’s Center for Global Affairs pursuing a degree in Global Affairs with a concentration in International Law and Human Rights and Peacebuilding. She is a research assistant at NYU’s Peace Research and Education Program (PREP), where she conducts participatory action research with partners in Colombia and Libya and has also consulted with Search for Common Ground in Iraq. At PREP, she is co-authoring a book chapter on the effectiveness of locally-led peacebuilding. Prior, she spent five years working as a legal advocate in the refugee and migration field both in the U.S and Latin America. Nikki holds a dual bachelor’s degree in Latin American studies and Spanish and Portuguese from Tulane University.

Sara Zabihi

MS Student in Global Affairs with a concentration in International Development and Humanitarian Assistance

Center for Global Affairs (CGA), School of Professional Studies, New York University (New York, USA)

Sara Zabihi is a first-year master’s student at NYU’s Center for Global Affairs pursuing a degree in Global Affairs with a concentration in International Development and Humanitarian Assistance. Sara is currently working as a research fellow at Globesight, a global development firm that provides strategic counsel and works with partners to craft solutions to pressing global issues, and is a senior editor for the NYU Global Affairs Review. Additionally, she has legal experience working as a paralegal and international case manager and is fluent in Farsi and Spanish. Her research interests include sustainable development in the Middle East and particularly women’s involvement in promoting development at the local level. Sara holds a bachelor’s degree in global and international studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Christine Choi

MS Student in Global Affairs with a concentration in Human Rights and International Law

Center for Global Affairs (CGA), School of Professional Studies, New York University (New York, USA)

Christine Choi is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Global Affairs at New York University with a concentration in Human Rights and International Law. She is also working as a Human Rights Advocacy intern at MADRE, focusing primarily on sexual and gender-based violence in the Middle East and Africa, Christine was previously a legal assistant for Practical Law at Thomson Reuters, a legal services company, and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Bryn Mawr College with a specialization in Interdependence and Conflict. She is passionate about gender-based and sexual violence in conflict regions, human trafficking, and transitional justice.

Heidi Gasperetti

MS Student in Global Affairs with a concentration in Peacebuilding

Center for Global Affairs (CGA), School of Professional Studies, New York University (New York, USA)

Heifi Gasperetti is a scholar with a BS in Human Development and a BS in Forestry. Between 2014 and 2020 she worked in the tourism industry on the Western Coast of the United States. She spent time in Senegal, Africa working as a Agroforestry Volunteer in a small village outside of Kédougou. A former consultant for EcoPeace Middle East designing a virtual experiential program that can be implemented nationally and regionally to deepen and enhance working relations between offices during COVID-19. She is a fellow with itotheN, an international development think-tank focused on researching innovative human-centered approaches to development.

Kat Baron

MS Student in Global Affairs with a concentration in International Law and Human Rights

Center for Global Affairs (CGA), School of Professional Studies, New York University (New York, USA)

Kat Baron is a Master’s Candidate at New York University pursuing a degree in Global Affairs with a concentration in International Law and Human Rights. She received her Bachelor’s in International Relations from Boston University’s Pardee School of Global Studies. Prior to NYU she was a legal research intern at the Human Rights Foundation focusing on authoritarian regimes and a summer legal research assistant for the NYC Bar Association Task Force for the Independence of Lawyers and Judges. Kat is passionate about international affairs and law, human rights, human trafficking, transitional justice, and the role women peacebuilders occupy in these realms.

Sena Bölükoğlu

MS Student in Global Affairs with a concentration on Peacebuilding and specialization in the UN

Center for Global Affairs (CGA), School of Professional Studies, New York University (New York, USA)

Sena is pursuing a Masters in Global Affairs at New York University with a concentration on Peacebuilding and specialization in the UN. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations & Political Science from Istanbul Sehir University, Turkey.

Sena was granted Erasmus Global Exchange scholarship as a visiting researcher at the Center for China Studies – National Taiwan University, Taiwan, in 2018. She conducted research about the role of African women in China-Africa relations.

She worked as a graduate consultant at Search for Common Ground-Sri Lanka, and it has inspired her to focus on women peacebuilding initiatives in the post-civil war era in Sri Lanka. She is passionate about mediation & dialogue, conflict prevention, and greater gender equality.

Jillian Abballe

MS Student in Global Affairs with a concentration in Peacebuilding and Gender Studies

Center for Global Affairs (CGA), School of Professional Studies, New York University (New York, USA)

Jillian Abballe is a global advocacy and policy professional, who currently serves as the Advocacy Manager and Head of Office for the Anglican Communion Office at the United Nations in New York. Jillian is also pursuing her Master of Science in Global Affairs at New York University with a concentration on peacebuilding and a specialization in global gender studies. She received her Bachelor’s Degree from Fordham University in International Political Economy with a specialization in humanitarian affairs.

Jillian has been working in United Nations-focused advocacy for over 5 years and has built specialized expertise in the key areas of gender justice and women’s rights, peacebuilding, reconciliation, and peace and security issues, as well as the religion and development nexus.  Jillian has also served in leadership positions on a number of committees and coordinating groups, such as co-chair of Ecumenical Women at the United Nations, a coalition of 18 church-based organizations advocating for gender justice and ending violence against women and girls. She has also been a co-member on the NGO Working Group on the Security Council and the Global Steering Committee of the UN Office on Genocide Prevention for the engagement of religious leaders and actors in prevention of incitement to violence.

Emma Grant

MS Student in Global Affairs with a concentration in Peacebuilding and Gender Studies

Center for Global Affairs (CGA), School of Professional Studies, New York University (New York, USA)

Emma Grant is a graduate student at New York University’s Center for Global Affairs. She is pursuing her Masters’ degree, concentrating on peacebuilding with a focus on gender in global affairs.

Prior to her studies at NYU, Emma worked at World Relief, a refugee resettlement agency. There, she served as the match grant specialist, assisting refugees in attaining sustainable housing, employment and access to healthcare. At NYU Emma has conducted research on United Nations resolutions and how the context of gender mentioned in these resolutions affects peace efforts in the field. Emma has also written papers on the marginalization of women through the green revolution, the importance of designing programs for refugee women to promote independence, hypermasculinity in Russia, and sexual education reform in the Southern United States. Emma formerly consulted for the African Youth Initiative Network (AYINET), a local peacebuilding organization in Uganda, in 2019. In this role, she works directly with the Executive Director, assisting in fundraising and ensuring that AYINET programs are guided by United Nations Resolutions on Peacebuilding.

Foteini Papagioti

MS Student in Global Affairs

Center for Global Affairs (CGA), School of Professional Studies, New York University (New York, USA)

Foteini is a project coordinator consultant with Gender@Work, working on an external reflection on the implementation of the Secretary-General’s 2017 Gender Parity Strategy for the UN System. Foteini received her MS in Global Affairs in 2020, specializing in Gender and Transnational Security, with a focus on women’s post-conflict political and economic inclusion. She has interned with the UN Women Humanitarian Action and Crisis Response team and contributed to research projects on the UN Senior Leadership Dashboard and a survey of emerging threats and trends in counterterrorism for the joint CGA practicum with the UN Counter-Terrorism Executive Directorate.

Foteini also has experience in research and advocacy in the healthcare and pharmaceutical sector in Greece. She has also served as the Secretary General to the International Personnel Certification Association, working with international members to promote standardization in the professional sector. She has a bachelor’s in Translation and Interpreting from the Ionian University in Greece.

Dorie Reisman

MS Student in Global Affairs with a concentration in global Gender Studies

Center for Global Affairs (CGA), School of Professional Studies, New York University (New York, USA)

Dorie Reisman is a Graduate Student at New York University. She is pursuing a Masters Degree in Global Affairs with a concentration in Global Gender Studies. Prior to studying at NYU, Dorie spent 7 years working professionally in the fields of Public Relations and Marketing. She was previously a Senior Account Director at WME|IMG (which is now called Endeavor), where she led and coalesced the work of subject matter experts across the strategy, sponsorship, events and communications team to create and implement integrated marketing campaigns and digital content strategies for a range of clients. Her previous client roster includes: Marriott Hotels, NRG, Dick’s Sporting Goods, SUBWAY Restaurants, Timex, among others.

Until giving birth to her daughter in 2017, Dorie did not fully appreciate the social inequalities affecting women in the United States. So, as both a dreamer and a doer, Dorie decided to take her marketing experience and ambition to promote social justice in a new professional direction, one that will contribute to building a stronger foundation for national and international women’s rights.  Last semester, Dorie’s research predominantly examined if peacebuilding frameworks address the needs of the female heads of households in post-conflict settings.

Nicole Smith

MS Student in Global Affairs with a concentration in Global Gender Studies

Center for Global Affairs (CGA), School of Professional Studies, New York University (New York, USA)

With more than 15 years of international communications experience, Nicole specializes in developing programs that amplify the voices of women around the world through strategic media relations, external speaking engagements, large-scale and intimate events, employee advocacy, and key stakeholder communications. At present, she leads global communications for gender equality at the International Rescue Committee, with a focus on amplifying programmatic work and research specific to women’s economic empowerment, gender-based violence, healthcare, and more. Previous roles have focused on corporate thought leadership for female executives at IAC, Intel, and Microsoft, while prior contracting work has been completed for UN Women’s Governance and National Planning Unit.

Nicole cut her teeth in New York’s PR agency world and served as a Travel Contributor for About.com while living in Paris, France. She received her M.S. in Global Affairs with a concentration in Global Gender Studies and a specialization in Data & Analytics in 2020 from New York University. She received her B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communications in 2006, also from New York University