Emma Smith (she/hers) is a Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellow on ReThink Media’s Peace and Security Team.
Prior to joining ReThink, Emma interned with Search for Common Ground, where she worked with Search’s country-level offices to design program activities, develop theories of change, and pen grant proposals promoting peacebuilding interventions in Central and East Africa. She has held several roles centered on civilian protection and atrocity prevention, including serving as a Children and Armed Conflict intern within the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Security and Human Rights; a research assistant at Brookings Doha Center; and a summer fellow at the Post-Conflict Research Center in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, where she collaborated with grassroots organizations and academics to evaluate interventions seeking to promote interethnic reconciliation and prevent a resurgence of violence.
Emma holds a BA in International Relations from Stanford University, where she received Honors in International Security for her thesis evaluating how international development projects that aim to mitigate climate shocks may, counterintuitively, amplify risks of communal violence in sub-Saharan Africa. Outside of work, Emma can most often be found out on a run, watching Formula 1 and/or the Chicago Cubs (they’re rebuilding), or drinking yet another cup of coffee.