Ph.D. Candidate; Job Candidate

Zara is a Ph. D. Candidate in the Political Science department at Boston University and a Pre-Doctoral Fellow at the Global Development Policy Center. Her research explores the causes of growing political, diplomatic, and economic links between Latin America and China. Her dissertation analyzes the region’s foreign policies for navigating US-China competition, with particular attention to the role of domestic politics and discourse. Zara’s work contributes to literature on the role and agency of smaller states in the international system, specifically in the context of great power competition. Prior to graduate school, she researched economic development policies for the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean in Santiago, Chile and studied global development in Uruguay and Argentina. Zara earned her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in International Affairs from the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta.

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