Benjamin Graves has an M.A. in International Relations and Economics from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University and a B.A. in Classical Studies and French from Indiana University Bloomington. He has done research and volunteering with refugees in upstate New York as well as Turkey. He has also interned for the International Organization for Migration in Geneva and the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants in Washington, D.C. His current migration interests focuses on the economics of immigration and policy misconceptions about the economic effects of migration. He is based in Washington, D.C.
Calynn Dowler has an M.A. in Migration Studies from the University of Sussex and a B.A. in Political Science and German from Gettysburg College. She has lived, worked, and studied in Germany, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and the United Kingdom. Calynn spent 2011-12 as a Fulbright scholar in the UK. Her research focused on the interdependencies between transnational migration and global development, specifically in the context of diaspora philanthropy among British-Bangladeshis in London.
Stine Laursen is currently a DPhil student in politics and migration at the University of Sussex. She has an MSc and BSc in (political) sociology from London School of Economics and an MSc in sociology from the University of Copenhagen. She has previously worked for the International Organization for Migration in Thailand, Indonesia and Sierra Leone. Her current research focuses on issues of immigration politics and irregular migration in Scandinavia. She divides her time between the United Kingdom and Denmark.
Keeya-Lee Ayre is a writer and communications specialist who works on humanitarian and international development issues. Keeya has over eight years of experience working with refugee communities around the world to develop effective communications strategies. She has graduate qualifications in anthropology and migration law, and formerly interned with UN OCHA. She is currently based in London.
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Rita Sebestyén was born as a Hungarian minority in Romania. She took her PhD in Theatre Aesthetics in Hungary, where she lived for 15 years. As a writer, editor, theatre professional she got more and more involved in cross-cultural phenomena, mostly related with migration and minority issues. Her first novel A tizennegyedik/The Fourteenth was published in 2010. In 2012 she initiated the theatre periodical and site Játéktér/Playing area on minority theatres and in 2013 she launched the project Representations of the Other: Language, Body and Space in Cross-cultural Performances. All her initiatives undertake artistic and literary approach of the Other, of the Stranger – i.e. migrant or minority. Currently she resides in Helsingør, Denmark.
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Erin D. Phelps is a transplant to the Washington, DC area by way of Seattle, Los Angeles, and Kathmandu. She received her BA in Sociology from Pomona College in Claremont, CA, where her studies focused on immigration, transnational families, and international development. She has spent time working with immigrant communities in both Seattle and New York. Most recently, she spent a year in Nepal on a Fulbright grant, conducting qualitative research with Nepali children and teens whose parents have migrated abroad for work. She has contributed to migration-related publications and projects through the Nepal Institute of Development Studies and IOM Nepal, and has presented her work at Tribhuvan University and the Nepal National Conference on Migration. She works as a Strategic Initiatives Officer for GoodWeave International.
Alex Johnson is a sailor, journalist and currently a communications officer. He has lived and worked across Europe and writes on the refugee crisis in Europe and the Mediterranean. He has a particular focus on Greece, the UK and the EU’s reactions to migration. Alex works in Brussels for Transparency International, the global anti-corruption NGO.
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Samantha Howland is a Massachusetts native living the DC dream. She received her BA in Political Science from the College of the Holy Cross and her MA in Conflict Resolution from Georgetown University. She holds a graduate certificate in Refugee and Humanitarian Emergencies from Georgetown University. She currently works for a health and human services agency in Washington DC as a Post Release Case Manager, working with unaccompanied child migrants. Her current migration interests relate to conflict induced migration, forced internal migration, the gang crisis in Central America and gender equity in immigration protection frameworks.
Mary Engleheart volunteers with refugees and migrants across Europe. She writes about immigration and government policy, but mostly tells stories about the people she meets on her travels. She believes the refugee crisis has been depersonalised – and at times dehumanised – allowing Europeans to detach themselves from the humanitarian crisis playing out around them. Mary writes to change the sense of ‘other’ perceived in refugees. She hopes to foster empathy and integration. Her focus is, for now, on Greece, Italy and the UK. Mary works in communications in the charity sector and has an MA in History from the University of Edinburgh.
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