This profile was current as of 2013, when she was part of the on-campus Kellogg community.
I am a dual PhD candidate in psychology and peace studies at Notre Dame's Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies. My current research focuses on the impact of political violence on communities, families and children in Colombia, Croatia and Northern Ireland. I earned an MA in peace and justice studies from the University of San Diego (2005) and a BA in psychology with a minor in Spanish and Latin American and Iberian studies from Haverford College. I was born and raised in Kwajalein, Republic of the Marshall Islands.
As a senior program officer at the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice at the University of San Diego, I worked on the Nepal and Guatemala Projects and the Women PeaceMakers Program. Previously, I was project coordinator for an indigenous women's community mental health project in Guatemala. I have previous research experience in conflict transformation, mental health and transitional justice, and 7 years of field experience in rights-based empowerment with a focus on gender and community reconciliation in Cuba, Guatemala, Nicaragua and Nepal. I have written publications and made media appearances on gender inclusion and human rights, and am fluent in Spanish.