Happy birthday to Michelle Obama (1964-), a lawyer, writer, and the first African-American First Lady of the United States.
After beginning a career in law, she served as assistant commissioner of planning and development in Chicago's City Hall, became the founding executive director of the Chicago chapter of Public Allies, and joined the University of Chicago as Associate Dean of Student Services.
As First Lady, Michelle became a role model for women and an advocate for healthy families, service members and their families, higher education, and international adolescent girls education. She remains one of the most admired and influential women in America today.
Hello! I was Laidlaw scholar in 2019, and I studied national, regional, and local identity in northern Tajikistan through the lens of women's fashion.
For a year after graduating, I worked for the UN Mine Action Service which removes landmines from conflict and post-conflict regions. Now I have returned to the Laidlaw Foundation!
Please feel free to reach out on the network, on LinkedIn, or by email. I'm always happy to meet new people and chat, especially about nationalism/politics of gender/Central Asia/demining/UN/creative writing or even ballroom dance :)
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