I am currently, an incoming doctoral candidate at the Center for International Education at the University of Massachusetts.  I grew up in upstate New York and completed an undergraduate degree at Rutgers University and a master’s degree at Columbia University.  More recently, I have spent a number of years working in international humanitarian assistance overseas, primarily in emergency and post conflict settings. 


This has included work in Kosovo, Republic of Congo, Southern Sudan, Benin, Senegal, Ethiopia, Cote d’Ivoire and Uganda with a focus on programming and response services that address the education and protection needs of children, women and other vulnerable populations in conflict affected countries. My aim at CIE is to reflect on some of these practical experiences over the years by consolidating lessons learned and taking time to explore the role of education in conflict zones as a means to prevent or mitigate the effects of violence and its impact on the psychosocial well being of child and youth populations.


Along with early teaching experience in English literacy, I have also taught in the international schools system and have worked with international development and relief agencies such as Terre des Hommes, the International Rescue Committee (IRC), the World Bank, the International Foundation for Education and Self Help (IFESH), Christian Children’s Fund (CCF).  More recently, and central to my interests, I have acted as a member of the Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) Task Force on developing guidance for programs in emergency settings and worked closely with the Interagency Network on Education in Emergencies (INEE) by taking part in some of the network’s focus areas on both Fragile States and the Education Cluster formation for education response in emergencies.

I am married and have a 3-year old child.


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