Michael Pizzi graduated from Williams College in 2012 with a B.A. in history and Arabic studies, also studying a semester abroad at Damascus University in Syria. He spent the year after graduation as a Fulbright Fellow in Jordan, where he researched the demands and challenges for Internet access in refugee camps and, later, worked as an Arabic-English translator for Syria Direct, a news outlet based in Amman. He has worked as a journalist ever since, including several years as a foreign policy reporter for Al Jazeera America in New York. He also reported for Al Jazeera from Jordan, where he wrote about spillover from the Syrian war, and from Paris after the 2015 terror attacks. As a freelancer, he has written for several major publications on topics from Internet censorship to the European refugee crisis, including contributing to a forthcoming “guidebook” to Europe for newly arrived refugees. In summer 2016, he was selected to participate in an EU-funded workshop in Budapest on violent online political extremism. He plans to explore this issue further at Yale, focusing his studies on the intersections between violent conflict, international law, and the Internet.