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Alexis Pala

Biography:

Alexis Pala is a proud alumnus of the University of Notre Dame where she obtained a BA in Anthropology. As an undergraduate, her cross-cultural thesis research evaluated the lived experiences—with a focus on stigma and discrimination—of persons with intellectual disabilities in Spain and Chile. Alexis recently served as a U.S. Fulbright Research Scholar in Chile, where she designed and enacted a study on self-advocacy and the implementation of the U.N.’s Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. While conducting her Fulbright fieldwork, she became frustrated with the lack of coherency and paucity of policies that exist for persons with mental disabilities and the dire consequences that situation forces upon marginalized populations. Her frustration pushed her to apply and now pursue a MPP at Cambridge in order to deepen her understanding of public policy, its formulation, and evaluation. She is coming to Cambridge with an open-mind and to ready to challenge her ideas about international law and human rights. In her free time, you will find Alexis running outside, reading philosophy, playing with dogs, swooning over wine, and/or visiting a local market.