Lauren Engels

My hometown when I was a student was

Livonia, MI

I graduated in


I studied

Foreign Service with a certificate in Public Affairs

I currently live in

Edinburgh, Scotland, UK

I am now

Pursuing a PhD in African Studies at the University of Edinburgh

Since graduating from Alma

I obtained an MPhil in International Relations and Politics at the University of Cambridge and worked as a Constituent Services Aide with United States Senator Gary Peters.

My Alma education

The Model United Nations program at Alma College inspired me to pursue a research career focusing on the political economy of development in Africa, particularly Kenya. The program not only strengthened my research, writing, and editing skills, but also empowered me to think critically about a number of global issues. In addition, Dr. Hulme edited and supported my successful applications to the University of Cambridge and the University of Edinburgh, as well as the Leverhulme Doctoral Scholarship. I would not be who I am without both the Model United Nations program and Dr. Hulme. 

My most vivid/best memory of my time at Alma is

Renting and chaining myself to a portable toilet in McIntyre Mall with my fellow Amnesty International peers to raise awareness about the lack of basic sanitation around the globe.

My off-campus study experience(s) included

  • Volunteering with Watoto Child Care Ministry in Uganda (2012).
  • Conducting research for ProWorld Peru in Peru (2013).
  • European Spring Term: Leadership in the Law of War, Conflict Resolution, and Human Rights with Dr. Lorenz (2013).
  • Interning at the United States Mission to the United Nations in New York (2013).
  • Interning at the Office of United States Senator Carl Levin in Washington D.C. (2014).
  • Working with the United States Department of State to plan and organize the annual United Nations Conference in New Delhi, India (2013, 2014).