Rhea Tuli


My name is Rhea Tuli! I am a rising sophomore at American University working to receive my B.A. in International Studies. Due to my curiosity in Feminist IR theory and the role the lens plays in providing crucial answers to some of our world’s most pressing issues, I hope to concentrate in Identity, Race, Gender, & Culture, and Peace, Global, Security, & Conflict Resolution.

At AU, I previously served as the Creative Director and currently serve as the Director of Internal Outreach for No Lost Generation AU. I also compete on American University’s Mock Trial team. Outside of AU, you can often find me at Georgetown Waterfront indulging in an acai bowl or cupcake (always from Baked & Wired)!

I am incredibly excited to be a part of SIS’s 2019-2020 Olson Scholars Cohort!  As an Olson Scholar, I have the privilege to participate in a research cohort with 15 other students where each of us has the opportunity to conduct our own research with the guidance of a faculty mentor.

While I have many research interests and questions I want to ask, throughout the year, I hope to learn more about the ways in which masculinity and femininity play a role in utilizing power as a means of security by exploring the practice of the Bacha Posh (translates to “Girls Dressed as Boys”) in Afghanistan. I also feel incredibly privileged to have the opportunity this year to be mentored by Professor Ann Tickner.