I am a rising senior attending Brown University, in Providence, Rhode Island. I was born and raised in Dublin, Ireland before moving to Norway to attend UWC Red Cross Nordic to study the IB Diploma. A Davis Scholar, I am a candidate for an A.B. (Hons) degree in International and Comparative Politics. My primary academic interests include the impacts of social crises on the political makeup of states, post-conflict reconciliation and transitional justice in post-conflict regimes and new democracies. I intend to write my senior thesis on the effects of austerity policies on party stability in Ireland, Greece and Portugal. For the past two years, I have worked in Brown’s Swearer Center for Public Service as a coordinator for Housing Opportunities for People Everywhere (HOPE), an organization that empowers students to work to end homelessness in Rhode Island, which has been an extremely eye-opening and impactful experience. From this, I have forged meaningful relationships with some of the most vulnerable members of our community, and have learned a great deal about the stark economic inequalities in American society, which has changed my perspectives in a number of ways. My interests include cooking, running, cycling and reading. I also enjoy spending time backpacking.