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Vanessa Smith-Boyle

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U.S.-Russia Relations Intern

Expertise: U.S. Foreign Policy; U.S.-Russia Relations; State-Building, International and Domestic Economics; Political Thought; Comparative Governance

Vanessa Smith-Boyle is a senior at American University where she is earning a B.A. in International Studies with a minor in Economics. Her areas of focus include Europe and Eurasia, U.S. foreign policy and national security, and global and comparative governance. Additionally, she has also earned a certificate in Political Thought with the School of Public Affairs at AU.

Previously, Vanessa worked as a law clerk with the Mount Law Firm where she focused on reviewing evidence relevant to juvenile delinquency cases to help ensure the best outcome for the firm’s clients. At American, Vanessa also works as a reviewer for the University’s undergraduate research journal on national and global affairs.

In her free time, Vanessa enjoys reading, trying new restaurants, and perfecting her barista skills at her second job at a bakery in Van Ness.

Recent Posts

It’s Time We Recognize Russian Colonization

Posted on: August 17th, 2022

Event Recap: Communicating the Climate Crisis — Effective Messaging & Dispelling Disinformation

Posted on: August 16th, 2022

Event Recap: Coercive Kidnapping & Political Hostage Taking in International Affairs

Posted on: August 4th, 2022

The 1990s to Today: How Privatization Shaped Modern-day Russia

Posted on: August 1st, 2022

How the Growing Appeal of BRICS Challenges American Influence Abroad

Posted on: July 8th, 2022