Core Team

Marissa Conway | Founding Director | London The idea for FFP brewed during Marissa's time at SOAS, University of London earning an MA in Gender Studies. She was eager to engage with feminist analysis to better understand international relations, so began to seek out a conversation which uses feminism as a theoretical tool to analyze politics and power. Much of her personal brand of feminism stems directly from the example of Cynthia Enloe's encouragement of a feminist curiosity, one which takes women's lives seriously. Originally from Silicon Valley in California, Marissa moved to London in pursuit of a different kind of perspective on both her identity and the world. She holds a BA in Political Science and a BA in Music from Chapman University, and an MA in Gender Studies from SOAS, University of London. Her areas of interest and research include: nuclear nonproliferation, US foreign policy, national security, masculinity, and feminist IR theory. Follow her on Twitter here.

Marissa Conway | Founding Director | London

The idea for FFP brewed during Marissa's time at SOAS, University of London earning an MA in Gender Studies. She was eager to engage with feminist analysis to better understand international relations, so began to seek out a conversation which uses feminism as a theoretical tool to analyze politics and power. Much of her personal brand of feminism stems directly from the example of Cynthia Enloe's encouragement of a feminist curiosity, one which takes women's lives seriously.

Originally from Silicon Valley in California, Marissa moved to London in pursuit of a different kind of perspective on both her identity and the world. She holds a BA in Political Science and a BA in Music from Chapman University, and an MA in Gender Studies from SOAS, University of London. Her areas of interest and research include: nuclear nonproliferation, US foreign policy, national security, masculinity, and feminist IR theory.

Follow her on Twitter here.

Joana Ortiz | Social Media Coordinator | Boston Joana is currently serving as Manager of Marketing and Communications at Mass Mentoring Partnership (MMP) in Boston, MA. Her role involves brand strategy, media relations, and working on youth initiatives with the City of Boston and the state of MA. Joana’s passion for equal access to education for all stemmed at a young age when she learned about the various barriers to quality education young people face worldwide- in particular, the barriers facing young girls. With her wide experience in the private and public sectors, Joana aims to represent women of color everywhere and disrupt the face of diplomatic affairs. Aside from working to reinvigorate the definition of human rights for women, Joana serves on the Young Education Professionals-Boston board and is an avid Foreign Policy magazine reader. She received her B.A. in International Relations with concentrations in European History and the French language from St. Edward’s University in Austin, TX. Follow her on Twitter here.

Joana Ortiz | Social Media Coordinator | Boston

Joana is currently serving as Manager of Marketing and Communications at Mass Mentoring Partnership (MMP) in Boston, MA. Her role involves brand strategy, media relations, and working on youth initiatives with the City of Boston and the state of MA. Joana’s passion for equal access to education for all stemmed at a young age when she learned about the various barriers to quality education young people face worldwide- in particular, the barriers facing young girls. With her wide experience in the private and public sectors, Joana aims to represent women of color everywhere and disrupt the face of diplomatic affairs. Aside from working to reinvigorate the definition of human rights for women, Joana serves on the Young Education Professionals-Boston board and is an avid Foreign Policy magazine reader. She received her B.A. in International Relations with concentrations in European History and the French language from St. Edward’s University in Austin, TX.

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Chloe Harrison-Stewart | Events Coordinator | London Originally from Montreal, Canada. Chloe moved to London to acquire her BA (Hons) degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Goldsmiths College, University of London. Throughout her years in London she has been the Photography and General Operations Intern at Timothy Taylor Gallery as well as freelancing for several art events and fairs such as The Other Art Fair and START Art Fair. These roles focused on VIP communications and PR initiates. Her BA (Hons) dissertation linked the worlds of the arts, more specifically performance art, with her knowledge and passion for feminist modes of thinking within political spheres. It discusses the ideas behind female and collective subjectivity and the impact or consequence this has on artistic performance, expression, and perception. This impact that performance art can have upon individuals is further analysed as an indirect link to the impact of individual or collective thought processes upon society as a whole and the ever-connected relationship between our modes of expression and notions of identity, power relations, and female subjectivity. This is a pertinent happening to understand when articulating current and future feminist political theory. To further this perspective analysis, Chloe will be attaining a Masters in the field of International Arts and Cultural Management.

Chloe Harrison-Stewart | Events Coordinator | London

Originally from Montreal, Canada. Chloe moved to London to acquire her BA (Hons) degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Goldsmiths College, University of London. Throughout her years in London she has been the Photography and General Operations Intern at Timothy Taylor Gallery as well as freelancing for several art events and fairs such as The Other Art Fair and START Art Fair. These roles focused on VIP communications and PR initiates. Her BA (Hons) dissertation linked the worlds of the arts, more specifically performance art, with her knowledge and passion for feminist modes of thinking within political spheres. It discusses the ideas behind female and collective subjectivity and the impact or consequence this has on artistic performance, expression, and perception. This impact that performance art can have upon individuals is further analysed as an indirect link to the impact of individual or collective thought processes upon society as a whole and the ever-connected relationship between our modes of expression and notions of identity, power relations, and female subjectivity. This is a pertinent happening to understand when articulating current and future feminist political theory. To further this perspective analysis, Chloe will be attaining a Masters in the field of International Arts and Cultural Management.

 
Raíssa Vitorio Pereira | Editorial Intern | London Originally from Brasília, Brazil. Raíssa was rewarded the Santander Taught Master’s Scholarship to complete her M.A. in Gender Studies at SOAS, University of London. Her dissertation examines how discourses of a Brazilian “pacifist nature” were used by the government to reframe military masculinity and argues that Brazilian soldiers are better suited for peacekeeping operations, and consequently, projecting Brazil as a humanitarian leadership. Raíssa also holds a B.A. in International Relations from Universidade de Brasília. During her degree, she was a member of the Centre for Gender and International Relations Studies (CEGRI) and of the Tutorial Education Program on International Relations (PET-REL), which allowed her to conduct group discussions and research concerning gender and international security. She was also General Coordinator to the International Relations’ Students Union and intern at Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS). Her areas of research are gender in international security, men and masculinities in foreign policy, securitization, women’s reproductive rights, and Brazilian and South American politics.

Raíssa Vitorio Pereira | Editorial Intern | London

Originally from Brasília, Brazil. Raíssa was rewarded the Santander Taught Master’s Scholarship to complete her M.A. in Gender Studies at SOAS, University of London. Her dissertation examines how discourses of a Brazilian “pacifist nature” were used by the government to reframe military masculinity and argues that Brazilian soldiers are better suited for peacekeeping operations, and consequently, projecting Brazil as a humanitarian leadership.

Raíssa also holds a B.A. in International Relations from Universidade de Brasília. During her degree, she was a member of the Centre for Gender and International Relations Studies (CEGRI) and of the Tutorial Education Program on International Relations (PET-REL), which allowed her to conduct group discussions and research concerning gender and international security. She was also General Coordinator to the International Relations’ Students Union and intern at Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS).

Her areas of research are gender in international security, men and masculinities in foreign policy, securitization, women’s reproductive rights, and Brazilian and South American politics.

 
Jennifer Brough | Interview Coordinator | London While gaining her BA in English Literature at the University of Warwick, Jennifer was involved in the Warwick Anti-Sexism Society, directed and acted in performances of The Vagina Monologues, and read and wrote women-centered short stories and plays. Since graduating, she has worked in publishing and is currently studying for an MA in Gender Studies and Law at SOAS part-time. Her areas of interest include the relationship between academia and activism, intersectional feminism, and decolonizing and diversifying knowledge production.  Follow her on Twitter here.

Jennifer Brough | Interview Coordinator | London

While gaining her BA in English Literature at the University of Warwick, Jennifer was involved in the Warwick Anti-Sexism Society, directed and acted in performances of The Vagina Monologues, and read and wrote women-centered short stories and plays. Since graduating, she has worked in publishing and is currently studying for an MA in Gender Studies and Law at SOAS part-time. Her areas of interest include the relationship between academia and activism, intersectional feminism, and decolonizing and diversifying knowledge production. 

Follow her on Twitter here.

 
Simone Lieban Levine | Managing Editor | New York After receiving her BA in English from St. Mary's College of Maryland, Simone began working as a paralegal so she could explore the legal profession by day and keep her finger on the pulse of the intersectional feminist movement by night (and weekend). Now based in New York City, she is an aspiring law student for the class of 2021, and hopes to use her upcoming legal education to work in public interest. Her areas of interest circle around the endless ways that racial and reproductive justice overlap with other feminist issues, such as criminal justice and concepts of national or group identities.

Simone Lieban Levine | Managing Editor | New York

After receiving her BA in English from St. Mary's College of Maryland, Simone began working as a paralegal so she could explore the legal profession by day and keep her finger on the pulse of the intersectional feminist movement by night (and weekend). Now based in New York City, she is an aspiring law student for the class of 2021, and hopes to use her upcoming legal education to work in public interest. Her areas of interest circle around the endless ways that racial and reproductive justice overlap with other feminist issues, such as criminal justice and concepts of national or group identities.

 

Editorial Team

Alice Baker | London Currently in her final year studying history and politics at Goldsmiths, University of London, Alice believes in the value of applying an intersectional framework to feminist thought in order to improve the lives of many and allow a diversity of voices to be heard. Her main interests lie in the growth and importance of intersectional feminism, the relationship between popular culture and feminism, reproductive justice, and feminist activism. She is currently writing her dissertation which aims to reconcile feminist approaches to the beauty industry, with a particular focus on makeup. In the past, she has written papers on topics such as the US media’s role in sustaining rape culture, the role of female gang members in the US, and the trajectory of second-wave feminism. 

Alice Baker | London

Currently in her final year studying history and politics at Goldsmiths, University of London, Alice believes in the value of applying an intersectional framework to feminist thought in order to improve the lives of many and allow a diversity of voices to be heard. Her main interests lie in the growth and importance of intersectional feminism, the relationship between popular culture and feminism, reproductive justice, and feminist activism. She is currently writing her dissertation which aims to reconcile feminist approaches to the beauty industry, with a particular focus on makeup. In the past, she has written papers on topics such as the US media’s role in sustaining rape culture, the role of female gang members in the US, and the trajectory of second-wave feminism. 

Lucy Leban | Washington D.C. Lucy is a recent graduate of the University of Chicago, where she obtained her Master’s degree in International Relations. She holds Bachelor’s degrees in Political Science and Philosophy from Florida Gulf Coast University. Broadly interested in the intersection of gender and politics, she has incorporated these concerns into her own research. In 2014, she received a grant from the National Science Foundation to conduct research on civil conflict. Working with data from USAID’s Demographic and Health Surveys, she analyzed the relationship between women’s domestic status and the likelihood of war and conflict. Her Master’s thesis examined social media data to understand the motivations of Western women who join Daesh, as well as the ways in which these recruits construct their experience. Her interest in women’s rights extends beyond research and into advocacy, and in her spare time she volunteers with several abortion rights organizations.

Lucy Leban | Washington D.C.

Lucy is a recent graduate of the University of Chicago, where she obtained her Master’s degree in International Relations. She holds Bachelor’s degrees in Political Science and Philosophy from Florida Gulf Coast University. Broadly interested in the intersection of gender and politics, she has incorporated these concerns into her own research. In 2014, she received a grant from the National Science Foundation to conduct research on civil conflict. Working with data from USAID’s Demographic and Health Surveys, she analyzed the relationship between women’s domestic status and the likelihood of war and conflict. Her Master’s thesis examined social media data to understand the motivations of Western women who join Daesh, as well as the ways in which these recruits construct their experience. Her interest in women’s rights extends beyond research and into advocacy, and in her spare time she volunteers with several abortion rights organizations.

Nicole Woodworth | San Francisco Nicole earned her BA in International Studies with concentrations in History and Economics at Vassar College in New York.  She spent a semester abroad in Paris interning at a human rights and humanitarian law research center with a focus on global migration. After a year of teaching English in Rouen, France, she is now based in the Bay Area and working in education. Her areas of interest include international conflict resolution, U.S. foreign policy, and migration and refugees.  Nicole views intersectional feminism as a critical tool for constructing sustainable foreign policy. Follow her on Twitter here.

Nicole Woodworth | San Francisco

Nicole earned her BA in International Studies with concentrations in History and Economics at Vassar College in New York.  She spent a semester abroad in Paris interning at a human rights and humanitarian law research center with a focus on global migration. After a year of teaching English in Rouen, France, she is now based in the Bay Area and working in education. Her areas of interest include international conflict resolution, U.S. foreign policy, and migration and refugees.  Nicole views intersectional feminism as a critical tool for constructing sustainable foreign policy.

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Blessing Ikpa | Washington D.C. Blessing is a graduate student in the Ethics, Peace and Global Affairs program at American University’s School of International Service. Blessing’s past education was completed at the University of Oklahoma in Criminology-Sociology with focuses in International Relations and Women’s & Gender Studies. Her area of focus is in humanitarian efforts, women’s rights and gender.  Blessing’s past experience with organizations such as Oxfam Italia (part of the overarching Oxfam International) has led her to become a Human Rights, Refugees, and Crisis Response Fellow for Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy. Follow her on Twitter here.

Blessing Ikpa | Washington D.C.

Blessing is a graduate student in the Ethics, Peace and Global Affairs program at American University’s School of International Service. Blessing’s past education was completed at the University of Oklahoma in Criminology-Sociology with focuses in International Relations and Women’s & Gender Studies. Her area of focus is in humanitarian efforts, women’s rights and gender. 

Blessing’s past experience with organizations such as Oxfam Italia (part of the overarching Oxfam International) has led her to become a Human Rights, Refugees, and Crisis Response Fellow for Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy.

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Liz Colavita | Istanbul Liz received her BA from Duke University where she studied Public Policy with a concentration on International Policy. She also studied Economics and Turkish. While earning her undergraduate degree, Liz worked as a research assistant for the Laboratory for Unconventional Conflict Analysis and Simulation, researching Iran-Saudi Arabia relations through Iranian influence in Iraq. Her focus within the team included Iraqi political parties and militia groups. Currently, Liz is a Programme Intern for UN Women in their Europe and Central Asia Regional Office. At UN Women, her work focuses on ending violence and against women; women's economic empowerment; and women, peace and security. She is especially interested in the intersection between economic development and peace processes. Follow her on Twitter here.

Liz Colavita | Istanbul

Liz received her BA from Duke University where she studied Public Policy with a concentration on International Policy. She also studied Economics and Turkish. While earning her undergraduate degree, Liz worked as a research assistant for the Laboratory for Unconventional Conflict Analysis and Simulation, researching Iran-Saudi Arabia relations through Iranian influence in Iraq. Her focus within the team included Iraqi political parties and militia groups. Currently, Liz is a Programme Intern for UN Women in their Europe and Central Asia Regional Office. At UN Women, her work focuses on ending violence and against women; women's economic empowerment; and women, peace and security. She is especially interested in the intersection between economic development and peace processes.

Follow her on Twitter here.

Wallis Grant | Amsterdam Having completed a Bachelors in International Relations at the University of St Andrews, Wallis is currently undertaking an M.Sc in Political Communication at the University of Amsterdam. Her academic interest has always stemmed from feminist analyses of power dynamics and she is particularly interested in how media intersects with gender to shape public opinion on reproductive health. For her Masters thesis, she will be researching the coverage of the abortion debate in Ireland and attempting to deconstruct if, and how, abortion stigma continues as the 'Repeal the 8th' campaign gains momentum and how a feminist analysis can bring to light the underlying gendered notions that prevail on abortion in the traditional media. Outside of her Masters, she is currently working as a Youth Advocate for CHOICE International for Youth and Sexuality. CHOICE combines advocacy and development work to support partner organisations in South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa to emphasise the importance of youth-led development work and the importance of Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights (SRHR). As an advocate, she is currently part of the International Advocacy group which prepares and reviews legislation from the UN on SRHR and youth issues to fill the gap of these issues on the international level.

Wallis Grant | Amsterdam

Having completed a Bachelors in International Relations at the University of St Andrews, Wallis is currently undertaking an M.Sc in Political Communication at the University of Amsterdam. Her academic interest has always stemmed from feminist analyses of power dynamics and she is particularly interested in how media intersects with gender to shape public opinion on reproductive health. For her Masters thesis, she will be researching the coverage of the abortion debate in Ireland and attempting to deconstruct if, and how, abortion stigma continues as the 'Repeal the 8th' campaign gains momentum and how a feminist analysis can bring to light the underlying gendered notions that prevail on abortion in the traditional media. Outside of her Masters, she is currently working as a Youth Advocate for CHOICE International for Youth and Sexuality. CHOICE combines advocacy and development work to support partner organisations in South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa to emphasise the importance of youth-led development work and the importance of Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights (SRHR). As an advocate, she is currently part of the International Advocacy group which prepares and reviews legislation from the UN on SRHR and youth issues to fill the gap of these issues on the international level.

Megan Funkhouser | Paris Growing up in Oregon, Megan learned to appreciate the far-reaching impacts of trade from an early age. She is now pursuing a MA in International Development with concentrations in Defense & Security Economics and Latin America at Sciences Po. Before moving to Paris for graduate school, Megan handled foreign affairs and defense, among other issues, as a Legislative Assistant in the U.S. House of Representatives. She received a BA in International Relations and minored in Economics at the University of Southern California, and studied for one semester in the Department of War Studies at King's College London. Her interests include trade, conflict resolution, international political economy, and inclusive development, especially how institutions can strengthen female participation and representation in policy-making. Follow her on Twitter here.

Megan Funkhouser | Paris

Growing up in Oregon, Megan learned to appreciate the far-reaching impacts of trade from an early age. She is now pursuing a MA in International Development with concentrations in Defense & Security Economics and Latin America at Sciences Po. Before moving to Paris for graduate school, Megan handled foreign affairs and defense, among other issues, as a Legislative Assistant in the U.S. House of Representatives. She received a BA in International Relations and minored in Economics at the University of Southern California, and studied for one semester in the Department of War Studies at King's College London. Her interests include trade, conflict resolution, international political economy, and inclusive development, especially how institutions can strengthen female participation and representation in policy-making.

Follow her on Twitter here.

Israa Saber | New Jersey Israa recently graduated from Wesleyan University having majored in Government with a concentration in International Politics. Her background as an Arab-American and previous experience living in Egypt helped develop her interest in Middle Eastern politics and human rights. She's particularly interested in the role that international law can play in improving human rights in the Middle East, and beyond. This interest led to her completing her undergraduate thesis on the impact of regional competition on International Criminal Court membership in Jordan and Morocco. Her commitment to policy oriented towards human rights drives her interest in feminist foreign policy.

Israa Saber | New Jersey

Israa recently graduated from Wesleyan University having majored in Government with a concentration in International Politics. Her background as an Arab-American and previous experience living in Egypt helped develop her interest in Middle Eastern politics and human rights. She's particularly interested in the role that international law can play in improving human rights in the Middle East, and beyond. This interest led to her completing her undergraduate thesis on the impact of regional competition on International Criminal Court membership in Jordan and Morocco. Her commitment to policy oriented towards human rights drives her interest in feminist foreign policy.

 
Annie Gergi | London As a Lebanese-American, Annie has always been intently interested in Middle Eastern Politics. It is this interest which led her to complete her BA in Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Manchester. During her degree, she spent a summer interning in Washington D.C. for the Arab American Institute, where she was placed at the Truman National Security Project. Through this role, she was able to research national security issues regarding the region, and help in the process of policy development for the organization. She is currently completing her Master’s in Gender Studies and Law at SOAS, University of London. She has focused her studies on gender within the Middle East and is currently in the process of completing her dissertation on the construction of masculinities within Lebanon, with a special focus on the Lebanese Civil War.  Follow her on Twitter here.

Annie Gergi | London

As a Lebanese-American, Annie has always been intently interested in Middle Eastern Politics. It is this interest which led her to complete her BA in Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Manchester.

During her degree, she spent a summer interning in Washington D.C. for the Arab American Institute, where she was placed at the Truman National Security Project. Through this role, she was able to research national security issues regarding the region, and help in the process of policy development for the organization.

She is currently completing her Master’s in Gender Studies and Law at SOAS, University of London. She has focused her studies on gender within the Middle East and is currently in the process of completing her dissertation on the construction of masculinities within Lebanon, with a special focus on the Lebanese Civil War. 

Follow her on Twitter here.