Veronica Baker graduated magna cum laude from the University of Colorado Boulder in 2015 with a degree in international affairs and political science and a certificate in peace and conflict studies. For her honors thesis, she received a grant to conduct field research as a visiting scholar at a think tank in Tunisia, where she analyzed the historical development of Tunisia’s civil society and its engagement in the country’s democratic transition. Veronica also spent time in Egypt and Jordan as an Arabic student on scholarships from the U.S. Department of State.Upon graduation, she moved to Washington, D.C. to conduct research and produce publications at the Wilson Center and Middle East Institute. She then returned to Jordan, where she continued her study of Arabic, gained experience working in international law, and assisted the Independent Election Commission of Jordan with the creation of an election atlas prior to the local and municipal elections of 2017. At Yale, Veronica will focus on the future of fragile states in the Middle East and North Africa with an emphasis on finding innovative solutions to spur social and economic change. She is the creative director of the Yale Journal of International Affairs.