2018/19 EDITORIAL TEAM
Editor in Chief
Chloe is a DPhil candidate at the University of Oxford’s Department of International Development. Her research focuses on humanitarian engagement with displacement in the Mediterranean, looking in particular at displacement from Libya since 2011. She holds an MSc in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies from the University of Oxford and has previously worked with NGOs, mainly in the field of refugee legal aid, in Egypt, Jordan, and Tel Aviv.
Editor in Chief
Lena graduated from the M.Sc. in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies at the University of Oxford in the summer of 2017. She currently works as an Associate Policy Analyst at the Migration Policy Institute Europe in Brussels with a focus on protection pathways, global migration governance, and the future of Schengen. Apart from thinking about human mobility, Lena enjoys learning more about space travel and cosmology. She has a particular weakness for exoplanets.
Alexandra Biggs is a graduate of the University of Oxford, where she undertook a Masters in Migration Studies with a focus on minority populations in the Middle East. Having previously worked in Australia in the finance sector, she is currently working in Egypt on refugee policy and advocacy.
Lucy Boddington is a recent graduate of the MSc in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies at Oxford’s Refugee Studies Centre. She also holds a BA in Psychological and Behavioural Sciences from the University of Cambridge. Her interest areas include the role of digital technology in contexts of forced displacement and migration, which she explored further in her graduate thesis in relation to emerging digital dynamics of the UK asylum-seeking process.
Amy Fallon is a recent graduate of the Msc in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies at the University of Oxford, where her research focused on evaluating development based approaches to refugee protection in protracted settings. She completed her undergraduate degree in International Politics at Kings College London and her professional experience thus far has focused on developing political campaigns and communication strategies for organisations including the Labour Campaign for Human Rights (LCHR) and women's rights charity, Friendsline.
Mia Haas-Goldberg is currently an MSc Migration Studies candidate at the University of Oxford (exp. 2019), where she researches post-colonial legacies and the politics of citizenship in North Africa. Prior to the degree, she supported political analysis of migration policies in Asia and the Pacific at the International Organization for Migration, and provided research assistance in pursuit of SDG 16 for an anti-torture and detention NGO, both in Geneva, Switzerland. She has additional experience working in the fields of migrant legal aid, youth vocational training, civil society engagement, and freedom of expression in Tunisia, Belgium, France, and the United States. Mia earned her BA (Honors) from Connecticut College in History and International Relations as a CISLA Scholar. Mia currently works with the Regional Support Office for the Bali Process in Bangkok, Thailand.
Olivia Johnson recently completed her MSc in Migration Studies at the University of Oxford. She is interested in issues related to carcerality and criminality, including detention and deportation. Her dissertation was titled From Convict Transportation to the Deportation of Foreign National Offender, Britain's Carceral Project.
Lorna Morris recently received an MSc in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies with distinction from the University of Oxford, where her research focused on refugee self-reliance policy in Rwanda. Previously, she worked with the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in Rwanda, Thailand and Papua New Guinea. She has additional experience working on humanitarian assistance for refugees and gender equality in Thailand, Tanzania and South Africa. Lorna holds a BA in Political Science with highest distinction and a minor in African Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she was a Morehead-Cain Scholar.
FATIMA ZEHRA NAQVI
First Hand Editor
Fatima Zehra Naqvi is a writer of non-fiction, fiction and poetry. She completed an MSc in Migration Studies at the University of Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar. She is currently pursuing an MSt in World Literatures in English at Oxford. Her research and writing interests centre on issues of borders, migration and displacement. She is interested in the insections of storytelling and policymaking. Zehra has written and edited for various Canadian and Pakistani publications. She graduated from the University of British Columbia with a BA in English (honours) and Creative Writing.
Andrea Ortiz recently received a MSc in Migration Studies with distinction from the University of Oxford and has a B.A. in Social Studies and Economics with honors from Harvard University. Due to her ethnographic research experience on a Fulbright scholarship in central Mexico, her research interests have developed to be primarily in the areas of migration and development, Southern-led responses to displacement, and urban integration.
Jori is a recent graduate of the MSc in Migration Studies at the University of Oxford. Prior to working in the development sector, she was a journalist with experience in television, digital media, and publishing for popular and academic audiences. For fun, she bakes, stalks dogs, and practices film photography.
Jun Pang is a writer and researcher in migration-related issues. Born and raised in Hong Kong, she is a graduate of the MSc in Refugee and Forced Migration at the University of Oxford. She has previously worked in NGOs advocating refugees' and migrants' rights, and with groups advocating the abolition of detention. She holds a BA in Human, Social, and Political Sciences from the University of Cambridge.
First Hand Editor
Timo Schmidt is a Research Assistant with MPI Europe, where he focuses on European policies related to asylum, irregular migration, return and foresight. He also works as a Director and Coproducer of a transmedia project on migration in Europe (i.e. Refugee Roads). Previously, Timo was a Research Associate, in Jerusalem, with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Programme of Assistance to the Palestinian People (PAPP). He also served as a mentor for refugee children in Jordan and Lebanon, as well as a student consultant on refugee labour market integration at Leiden University. Timo holds a master’s of science in migration studies, with distinction, from the University of Oxford, where he specialised in EU migration policy and the economics of migration. He received an honors bachelor’s degree in international studies, cum laude, from Leiden University, where he focused on Middle Eastern studies. He also spent a semester at the Netherlands Institute Morocco in Rabat, completing research on migrant integration and intensive Arabic language courses.
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Erica Sewell earned an MSc in Migration Studies from the University of Oxford in July 2016. There, she focused on U.S. media representation of immigrants and its impact on their social integration. She also holds a BA in Anthropology and Comparative Literature from Rutgers University, where she now works advising international students on their immigration status. Erica previously studied in South Korea and Japan for several years. This experience informs her current research interest in immigrant integration policies and internationalisation of higher education in East Asia.
Annie Schnitzer recently finished the Master of Science in Migration Studies at the University of Oxford. For her dissertation, she researched the ways in which the German tourism industry to Namibia perpetuates colonial and post-colonial discourses through a visual analysis of German travel brochures. In the past, she has done work with the INGO Save the Children-Syria researching internally displaced person camps on the Turkish-Syrian border. Annie grew up in Boston, Massachusetts and completed her undergraduate work at Wellesley College in German Studies and Design Engineering.
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Vicky Taylor recently graduated from Oxford’s MSc in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies in July 2019. Her research focused on creative solidarity in the Calais ‘Jungle’ 2015-2016, with a particular focus on musical representation and sonic disruption. Previously, Vicky studied a BA in Geography at the University of Cambridge. Between the two degrees she worked for a think tank researching the effect of internet technologies on health care outcomes for transgender sex worker populations. She has accepted a position on the Civil Service Social Research Fast Stream to begin in the autumn
Louisa has just graduated from the University of Oxford with an MSc in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies. Her thesis focused on the role of transitional justice in supporting durable solutions for internally displaced persons, using the Colombian Peace Agreement as a case study. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (International Relations and Spanish Majors) and a Bachelor of Laws (First Class Honours) from the Australian National University. She is a qualified lawyer in Australia, where she represented homeless clients in criminal court proceedings and civil matters. Louisa has interned with UNHCR’s Resettlement Unit in Ecuador, and has volunteered with a number of NGOs across Latin America and Europe. She is currently undertaking a summer fellowship with Colombia-based research and advocacy organisation, Dejusticia, where she is researching issues relating to migrant and refugee rights.
Danilo Zak has just completed his MSc in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies at the University of Oxford, and also holds a BA in Global Affairs from Yale College. He has completed field research with Yale University and UNHCR on resettlement outcomes in Denver, Colorado. He has also been involved in field research on the make-up of asylum appeals courts in Greece, and has worked with numerous resettlement centers across the United States. Danilo is excited to be a part of the Oxford Monitor of Forced Migration editing team and supports their mission to engage with forced migration through academic scholarship.