Rachel Baras '13
United States - Boston
Rachel Baras was a member of the class of 2013, majoring in International Relations with a minor in Economics. She was closely involved with ALLIES, Synaptic Scholars, and Discourse at the IGL.
With a particular interest in the politics of humanitarian assistance, she worked as a research assistant at Feinstein International Center, U.S. Army War College Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute, and Program on Humanitarian Policy and Conflict Research (HPCR). Rachel earned a certificate from the OFDA Military Liaison Unit for her participation in their Joint Humanitarian Operations Course in 2011, and continued her interest in security studies while studying at the London School of Economics the following year. These experiences provided her with the foundation to delve more deeply into the challenges of providing humanitarian assistance in modern crises. As a Synaptic Scholar, she applied this experience to her position at HPCR and wrote research articles on humanitarian crises. She was also content editor for the IGL's Discourse Journal during her senior year. She is a committed animal activist, former prep cook, and an alumna of the Tanglewood Institute for classical piano.