Talia Hagerty recently completed her master’s degree in Global Affairs at New York University, with a concentration in peacebuilding and peace economics. Her research focuses on participatory peacebuilding, poverty reduction, economic conflict, informal and illicit economies globally, and the drug trade in Latin America specifically. Since completing her masters thesis – an exploration of economic opportunity and market violence in México – Talia is seeking opportunities to work for peaceful economic structures in the Americas. Talia earned a BA in Economics from Eckerd College in 2008 and then spent two years working in fair trade at the Greenheart Shop social enterprise in Chicago. Since moving to New York City in 2010, she has worked on violence containment research at the Institute for Economics and Peace and collaborated with regulators, civil society, and the private sector at the environmental consulting firm Matthiessen Strategies. She currently interns in the Monitoring and Evaluation department at the global poverty reduction organization Trickle Up. You can find more of Talia's work, and her full CV, here.