Raisa Chowdhury


I am a 2nd-year master's student in the School of Public and International Affairs concentrating in international development. I grew up in Winston-Salem, NC and completed my undergraduate studies at Duke University in 2015 where I studied cultural anthropology, political science and economics. Prior to coming back to school, I worked in international development for 5 years across a range of issues including peacebuilding, rights of vulnerable populations and digital development. Half of that time was based in Dhaka, Bangladesh and the other half in the Washington DC area. I have also worked in Cambodia, Myanmar and northern Mozambique. Broadly, I am fascinated by how power gets distributed and the mechanisms that govern, sustain, and challenge those dynamics. In my free time I enjoy long meandering conversations, nail polish, fitness, running (though I am decidedly not a "runner"), getting outdoors, reality TV and developing my fledgling knitting and crocheting skills.