Allison Higgins is a  student at American University in the School of Public Affairs studying Justice and Law who in the spring of her junior year was named a 2020 Truman Finalist. Within Justice and Law, she is interested in terrorism and security studies. Particularly, she is interested in understanding the evolution of the global far right and investigating proactive strategies to combat terrorism. Furthermore, she has an interest in analyzing the strategies of insurgent groups. Recently, she interned at the United States National Central Bureau of INTERPOL. At INTERPOL, she was an intern in the Global Police Services Division where she assisted in ascertaining the location of foreign fugitive in the US and US fugitives abroad.

She also is a member of the School of Public Affairs Leadership Program, during her second year in the program she aided first-year students as a teaching assistant. Furthermore, as a student 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. 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.

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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