Mariah Crystal, '10

Mariah CrystalMariah Crystal has a BA from St. Olaf College in German Language and Management.  She has taught English in Germany through the Fulbright program, and studied health, human rights and social transformation in Kenya.  She was drawn to the UW Bothell Policy Studies program due to its flexibility, interdisciplinary focus, and the broad range of research, internship, and community engagement opportunities it offers.  After her graduation in 2010, Mariah worked at the UW Bothell Center for International Education in international student services.

From 2012-2014, she served in the Peace Corps in Namibia where she taught English and Computer Skills.  She also co-led various community development projects, including a women’s group and a nutrition project for people living with HIV/AIDS.

Currently, she is a Ph.D. student at the University of Kansas in the Department of Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies. Mariah’s PhD research is focused on gender-based violence in Southern Africa. She seeks to examine how historical factors such as colonialism, apartheid, and genocide, as well as contemporary issues such as poverty and inequality may be connected to gender-based violence today.

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