Michelle Reddy is a 3rd year PhD candidate in International Comparative Education, and an MA student in Political Science. Her research focuses on the impact of organizations and social networks on humanitarian and political crises in the developing world. She plans on undertaking fieldwork to pursue comparative study of NGOs across Anglophone, Francophone, and Lusophone contexts. With a background in African development, the FLAS Fellowship has enabled Michelle to acquire a cross-regional perspective, given Brazil's accession to the BRICS. She has greatly enjoyed, and been enriched by, the kind mentorship of Professor Agripino Silveira and Professor Lyris Weidemann, faculty and chair of the Portuguese language department. In addition to the FLAS Fellowship, Michelle also received the Kathryn Davis Peace Fellowship in 2016, to study Portuguese at Middlebury Language School.
Prior to Stanford, Michelle co-launched the Paris School of International Affairs at Sciences Po, where she was Assistant Dean. She has worked on research, communications and program design and management for universities, NGOs, and the United Nations for 7 years in Paris, Dakar, and New York. A native New Yorker, she holds American and Irish citizenship, and now, thanks to FLAS, will be soon trilingual.