Laura graduated from the University of Virginia (VA) in 2016 with a BA in both History and Russian & East European Studies. She earned her history degree with highest distinction for her senior honors thesis, which examined the importance of Alaska to twentieth-century US national security concerns. Laura also spent three years as a resident advisor and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. Since 2017, Laura has been working for the American Political Science Association in Washington, DC. Her work with the association’s Congressional Fellowship Program has exposed her to—and piqued her interest in—how US actors craft foreign policy. At the Bush School, Laura plans to advance her understanding of emerging issues in national and international security.