Scholar / Photographer / Writer
My research combines an action-research methodology called photovoice, with narrative and ethnographic methods to explore women’s postwar experiences of political subjectivity and their visions for positive social change. Using photography as a resource for self-representation, but also as a tool to communicate with and engage individuals and communities in a process of reflection and meaning making, my work endeavors to create both physical and discursive spaces in which the voices and perspectives of women affected by conflict can be elevated into the public sphere. The overall goal of my research is to extend the field’s understanding of how to meaningfully engage women in conflict transformation processes, paying special attention to ongoing barriers to women’s political participation and sites of agency they identify within the postwar context. Currently, I am working with Bosnian women to understand how international policy and programming that seeks to be helpful to women in post-conflict settings could be redesigned to better support women in these spaces.
I hold a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with minors in Spanish and Psychology, as well as a Master of Arts in Social Justice and Human Rights, both from Arizona State University. I have worked for the International Rescue Committee, Catholic Charities, the United Nations, USAID and Oxfam GB. Currently, I am a doctoral candidate at the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University and a Research Scholar at the Elliott School of International Affairs at The George Washington University. I am also the Program Manager for Everyday Peace Indicators, please visit everydaypeaceindicators.org for additional information.