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Carolina Bernal


Carolina Bernal, MPP'17, is a PhD student in political science at Columbia University, where she aspires to understand how Colombia’s institutions should adapt to conflict and where they should concentrate to bring about much-needed change. She previously worked as a research assistant with the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Labs (J-PAL) and with Innovations for Poverty Action under professor Oeindrila Dube, the Philip K. Pearson Professor of Global Conflict Studies at the Harris School of Public Policy. 

While at the University of Chicago, Bernal worked as a staff writer for the Chicago Policy Review and as an intern with the Development Bank of Latin America (CAF).

Prior to her graduate studies, Bernal conducted research at Colombian think tank Dejusticia and worked at the Colombian Prosecution Office as a public policy advisor to the attorney general. She holds an undergraduate degree in law from Universidad EAFIT.

Baidoa, Somalia

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