RESEARCH ASSOCIATES

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Ms. Harshala Chandraiah is a Research Associate at the AU Institute on Disability and Public Policy (IDPP). She is a current Masters of Public Policy student majoring in environmental policy at the School of Public Affairs at American University. Her major interests include food policy, microcredit systems, and adaptation and mitigation efforts for tackling climate change. Her previous work in quantitative research has focused on the rate of deforestation in tropical and sub-tropical areas, along with an internship experience on the Climate Crowd initiative at World Wildlife Fund.

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Ms. Emilie Turner is a Research Associate at the AU Institute on Disability and Public Policy (IDPP). She is a current graduate student in the School of International Service at American University, studying Global Governance, Politics, and Security. Her interests and educational experiences are primarily focused on human security and freedoms. Prior to joining IDPP, Emilie worked for Indiana‚Äôs Catholic Charities Immigration and Refugee Services where she helped empower and guide individuals and their families in their resettlement and integration process.

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Ms. Marissa Zuckerman is a Research Associate at the AU Institute on Disability and Public Policy (IDPP). She is a Masters student at the School of Communication, where she is studying Strategic Communication with a concentration in Social Impact and Advocacy. She will be coordinating communications activities as part of the IDPP's strategic calendar for the 2018-19 academic year. Prior to joining IDPP, she worked for Cornell University's Boyce Thompson Institute to publicize current research and scientific discoveries.

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Mr. Nathan Banks is a Research Associate at the AU Institute on Disability and Public Policy (IDPP). He is a graduate student in the the School of International Service studying Global Government, Politics and Security. His previous academic experience is in Global affairs, with a particular interest in Government sponsored social development projects. He worked for three years in International Student Affairs at Northwest Missouri State University where he assisted in expanding and increasing inclusion in the university's study abroad program.