I was born and raised in the United Kingdom. I hold a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Politics from the University of Warwick, where I specialized in Latin America in my final year. There, I investigated educational inequalities in Costa Rica and Nicaragua in my undergraduate dissertation.
After graduating from Warwick, I worked and lived in Mexico’s state of Puebla and then Costa Rica. I taught English in both countries. During my time in the region, I also interned for C-SPOC – an NGO focused on providing self-sustaining solutions in education, health and enterprise for communities - for whom I completed a research project on how to achieve education for all in Costa Rica. While in Costa Rica, I was an active member of a local NGO called Club A, which strove to provide children from an underprivileged neighbourhood with basic education, food and clean water. I also got involved in a number of other initiatives there, in my capacity as Ambassador for Central America and Mexico for the International Fellowship of Rotarian Educators.
More recently, I worked as an investigator for InSight Crime, a foundation dedicated to the study of organized crime and citizen insecurity in the Americas. I wrote for the organization’s website on a range of issues – from human smuggling in Central America to wildlife trafficking in Brazil. Alongside that, I was involved in a project that aimed to study environmental crime across the Amazon Basin. I also write for the Latin American Bureau, and am currently working on a book about Costa Rica for the organization.
During my MSc at the LAC, I am keen to widen my knowledge of the region and deepen it in areas like inequality, social policy and education through a range of disciplines. I am eager to explore educational inequalities in Central America and Mexico to a greater extent, while looking at the interplay between these outcomes and other factors (i.e. policy; security/organized crime; political (in)stability).