Victoria Puglia

Victoria is a dual Spanish-American citizen who grew up abroad in Spain and the Netherlands. She is currently finishing her undergraduate degree in International Relations as a Marquis Scholar at Lafayette College. She is a Rhodes-Scholar elect, planning on pursuing an MPhil in Comparative Politics at the University of Oxford. Her academic interests include conflict, post-conflict reconstruction, refugee livelihoods, refugee economies, food security, and sustainable development. While at Lafayette, she has studied abroad in Senegal, India, Peru, Uganda, Rwanda, and Sri Lanka. While in Uganda, she conducted independent field research exploring the impact of humanitarian food assistance on socio-economic structures of refugee settlements. She has also carried out extensive research on disarmament policy in South Sudan and the role of settlement structures on food security and livelihoods across sub-Saharan Africa. Currently, she is using geospatial analysis and multiple regression models to explore the role of food insecurity as a driver of forced migration as her senior honor thesis. Victoria is passionate about international travel, having visited over 30 countries. She loves being outdoors (hiking, biking, walking), listening to music, dancing, and spending time with friends.

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