Aprille Knox has focused her MA studies on governance, institution strengthening and peace-building in post-conflict and transitioning environments, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa. She has studied methods for leveraging citizen participation for the purpose of rebuilding societies in the wake of violence and humanitarian disasters. Aprille was a recipient of the Lindsay Fellowship for Research in Africa, which allowed her to travel to Liberia last summer to work as a research associate at Innovations for Poverty Action – an organization committed to promoting rigorous, evidence-based solutions to development challenges. Through her coursework, she has consulted for the Dr. Hawa Abdi Foundation of Somalia – designing a hospital needs assessment; Spanish political party “Podemos” – studying design strategies for effective citizen engagement systems; and the United Nations Counterterrorism Executive Directorate – producing recommendations for effectively reintegrating ex-combatants into their communities. She has also been an active member of the Jackson community, serving as a representative of the Jackson Student Action Committee and acting as a World Fellows liaison. Prior to Jackson, she spent four years working in the international development sector – first, as a public health educator with the U.S. Peace Corps in Guinea, West Africa, and, more recently, as a governance specialist at Results for Development Institute. After graduation, she will work as a Senior Policy Associate at J-PAL Global, where she will translate scientific evidence on poverty-reduction strategies into actionable policy advice. Aprille holds a BA in international studies from Boston College.