Veronica Baker is a first-year masters student at the Yale Jackson Institute for Global Affairs. She is focused on the global impacts of rock climbing. Veronica’s interest stems from her experiences climbing in the Middle East, Latin America, and the United States. She is especially interested in the effects of rock climbing on local communities and the ability of climbing to bring growth to rural regions. 

Prior to Yale, Veronica spent many years studying Middle East politics and learning Arabic. During her undergraduate studies at the University of Colorado Boulder, she received a grant to conduct field research as a visiting scholar at a think tank in Tunisia, where she studied the role of civil society in the country’s democratic transition. Veronica spent two years conducting human rights research and drafting public relations materials for the U.S. Department of State. She has also supported research initiatives at think tanks in D.C. and Jordan.

In the future, Veronica hopes to collaborate with international climbing associations, nonprofits, and companies within the outdoor industry to further the positive impacts of rock climbing on a global scale.