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Aishwarya Raje

1st-Year MPP

Aishwarya Raje holds a bachelor’s degree in international studies and Spanish from Johns Hopkins University.  It was through her work with resettled refugees in Baltimore through the International Rescue Committee during her time as an undergraduate that she developed a passion for examining the intersection of international security and health. Specifically, she is interested in the health security implications of forced migration caused by internal conflict.

Prior to joining The Pearson Institute, Raje served as a research assistant and program coordinator in the Global Health Policy Center of the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, DC.  Her research at CSIS focused on health systems capacity in fragile settings, such as the regional health security risks of the Venezuelan political and economic crisis and the increase of violent attacks against healthcare workers in Syria and Yemen. Her work led her to the Munich Security Conference in 2018 and 2019, where she helped organize high-level health security roundtables. Raje also coordinated the CSIS Women’s Health Policy Forum, which aimed to generate continued bipartisan support for women’s health and international family planning as key pillars to U.S. global health policy. 

At Harris Public Policy and The Pearson Institute, Raje hopes to use data analytics to improve the efficacy of global health programs among populations fleeing conflict.  She has previously held positions at Meridian International Center, the American Foreign Service Association, and the Argentine Network for International Cooperation.  She speaks Spanish, Marathi, and elementary Russian. 

Baidoa, Somalia

Makeshift, temporary shelter made of plastic and clothing at a refugee center in Baidoa, Somalia.