Katrina joined the Global Resilience Institute in October of 2018. As a fourth year at Northeastern University, she is currently pursuing her Bachelor’s degree in International Affairs with a concentration in Latin America and a minor in Security Studies. Prior to joining the Institute, Katrina conducted research in Havana, Cuba in partnership with the Antonio Núñez Jiménez Foundation. She has also worked in Ecuador assessing rural communities for a gap year program, and spent a summer studying the impacts of the Syrian civil war and refugee crisis on Middle Eastern politics in Amman, Jordan. Most recently, Katrina worked at the U.S. Department of State, where she helped coordinate an inaugural exchange between Chilean and U.S. officials on cybersecurity. Through a grant from the College of Social Science and Humanities (CSSH) Undergraduate Research Initiative, she is currently conducting qualitative research to address the politicization of cultural encounters in U.S.-Cuba relations.