A.B. in History and Science, Harvard, 2012
M.A. in History of Science and Medicine, Yale, 2017
M.S. in Animals and Public Policy, Tufts University, 2018
Legislative Assistant with Rep. Lauren Underwood in Washington, D.C.
First Position after Masters in Animals and Public Policy (MAPP)
Legislative Intern, Animal Welfare Institute
In what ways do you use your MAPP in your current position?
I don’t think I would be working for Congress if I hadn’t done the MAPP program. It helped me go from a general sense that I’d like to do something policy-related to a clearer understanding of what policy career paths were open to me. I became very interested in lobbying after a guest lecture by an MSPCA lobbyist, so I chose a government affairs externship in DC. During my externship, I got to participate in lobbying meetings on the Hill. I would never have been able to envision myself as a Hill staffer without that experience. The topical knowledge I gained in MAPP courses has also helped me succeed in my focus on environmental policy–coming in already familiar with major laws like NEPA and Pittman-Robertson allowed me to hit the ground running.
Tell us about your MAPP project or preceptorship. In what ways did it help you form your career goals?
My final project was based on an assignment in my externship where I analyzed thousands of pages of documents that had been FOIAed from the Department of the Interior. We were looking at the basis for recent rulemaking on imports of hunting trophies of endangered species. For my MAPP project, I built on that work by reviewing the scientific and legal basis for trophy hunting import policies. It was a good opportunity to take a deep dive into one policy issue and examine the relationships between science, statutes, and regulations.
What did you like most about the MAPP program?
My favorite part of the MAPP program was getting an overview of major policy issues for each category of animals through the Animals & Society modules. It’s not something I feel like I could have gotten anywhere else.
Is there anything else you would like to share with prospective MAPP students?
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