Ishanee Chanda is currently pursuing the Master of Science in Foreign Service (MSFS) at Georgetown University with a focus on refugee and humanitarian emergencies. She is particularly interested in refugee and migration issues in South Asia and Southern Europe, their resettlement practices, the protection of human rights, and the rise of right-wing nationalism. She is also interested in South Asian regional affairs on politics and religious conflict.
Ishanee grew up in Dallas, Texas and received her B.A. in International Studies and English at Texas A&M University. As an undergraduate, she focused on Western Europe and Italy as regions of interest and studied abroad at Oxford University and the University of Turin in Italy. After graduating, she worked at the National Conference of State Legislatures on federal and state immigration policy and international programming, providing research on states' implementation of immigration policy within their borders, changes in federal immigration legislation, and international affairs between subnational actors. In this capacity, she also helped organize subnational cultural exchanges between U.S. state legislators and their foreign counterparts on subjects of state-building, policy making, and governance.
Ishanee hopes to pursue a career in refugee resettlement, humanitarian aid and development, and public diplomacy. She speaks Italian, Bengali, Odia, and Hindi.
"I chose the MSFS program due to its standing as one of the best programs in the world for its focus on creating global leaders. With its renowned faculty members, endless opportunities, and weight as an institution, I believe MSFS offers me the best possible assets to achieve my goals."
Chanda, I. (2018) CHILD MIGRANTS AND FAMILY SEPARATION. National Conference of State Legislatures Legisbrief. Vol. 26, Num. 45. [http://www.ncsl.org/research/immigration/child-migrants-and-family-separation.aspx]
Chanda, I and Morse, A. (2018). Occupational Licensing: Barriers to Work Series - Barriers to Work: Improving Access to Licensed Occupations for Immigrants with Work Authorization. National Conference of State Legislatures. [http://www.ncsl.org/research/labor-and-employment/barriers-to-work-immigrants-with-work-authorization.aspx]
Chanda, I. (2017). State Efforts to Help Immigrants Integrate. National Conference of State Legislatures Legisbrief. Vol. 25, Num. 45.