Currently, Allison Higgins is a third-year student at American University in the School of Public Affairs studying Justice and Law with a minor in Sociology. Within Justice and Law, she is interested in both criminology and counter-terrorism. Particularly, she is interested in investigating the intersection and connection between both concepts and its impact on national security. She also is a member of the School of Public Affairs Leadership Program, this past year she aided first-year students as a teaching assistant. Furthermore, within SPA Leadership, she researched and crafted a social action project around the opioid epidemic. To see more about Allison’s time with the SPA Leadership Program please click here. Furthermore, Allison is an AU Scholar,a  two year research program which fosters critical thinking and problem solving skills. In her first year within AU Scholars, Allison investigated chemical and biological weapons – specifically Anthrax.

Allison was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. In high school, she excelled both inside and outside the classroom. She often volunteered with the local organization Cleveland Cops for Kids in order to aid in community outreach events. Furthermore, beginning in her junior year she began to work closely with the Cleveland FBI in their program Future Agents in Training; with this opportunity she was able to expand her volunteer work within the greater community of Cleveland. Within the classroom, she took challenging courses including various AP and Honors courses in a wide range of subject matter. Allison graduated in 2017 with an Honors Diploma and Summa Cum Laude.

Finally, during the summer of 2018, Allison  traveled to Belfast, Northern Ireland with the UK-US Fulbright Commission as a Fulbright Summer Participant to study Conflict Transformation and Social Justice at Queen’s University, Belfast. To learn more about her time in Belfast, click here.


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