My name is Theodora Mattei and I am a sophomore at American University majoring in International Studies with a concentration on Justice, Ethics, and Human Rights, a minor in Spanish Language, and a certificate in Spanish Translation.
I am passionate about women’s rights and focus on such issues through my research and through my employment. I am currently an intern with EMILY’s List in the State and Local Campaigns Department where I focus heavily on candidate, race, and donor research in order to guarantee women’s political participation at all levels of US government. At American University I am an Olson Scholar conducting research on intimate partner violence through a popular discourse analysis of Italian film, television, and media to understand why domestic violence and femicide continue despite action toward remedying this epidemic.
Passionate about international relations, I work as the Communications Director for Model G20, an inter-collegiate diplomacy group which simulates the annual G20 Leaders’ Summit. Through this program I work to grant participants the ability to tackle issues of justice and human rights through argumentation and drafting of communiqués and international treaties.
I have strong language skills in Italian and Spanish. Born in Rome, Italy to Italian parents, I am a native Italian speaker. I am also fluent in Spanish with advanced translation abilities.