My name is Paroma Mehta and
I am a sophomore in American University’s School of International Service, with a minor in finance. I am from Mumbai, India and moved to Washington DC for my undergraduate degree. In my time at AU, I have been a part of the Washington Mentorship Program, a program that allows high-achieving incoming first years to undertake a full course load and an internship in their first semester at AU. I am now a part of the 2019-2020 cohort of the Olson Scholar program, wherein selected incoming second year students are given the opportunity to conduct high-level research in the international studies field under the mentorship of an SIS faculty member who is a researcher in their field of interest.

I am planning to conduct research into the field of wartime sexual assault over the course of my time as an Olson Scholar. I am interested in looking at the issue for a variety of different angles – from a human rights perspective, from a public health perspective and looking at sexual assault as a weapon of war.

Additionally, my academic interests are mainly focused on the international political economy and human rights, across Asia, the Middle East and Africa.

Some of my past research includes:

  • The Experience of the Students Under the Chinese Educational Mission in the United States of
    America in the Late 19th Century
  • A Comparative Analysis of the Religious, Imperialistic, and Religious-Political Causes for the 1948 Palestinian Refugee Exodus
  • The Influence of the Arrival of US Commodore Matthew Perry in July 1853 on the
    Decline of the Great Peace and the Tokugawa Shogunate in 1867

I am excited to be a part of this program and to deepen my understanding of the wartime sexual assault, and develop my own skills and abilities in the field of social science research.


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