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Carolina Bernal

Pearson Fellow Alum


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.

While at Harris Public Policy, 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 time at the University of Chicago, Bernal worked as a lawyer, conducting legal research at Colombian think tank Dejusticia. Previoiusly, she worked at the Colombian Prosecution Office as a public policy advisor to the attorney general.

Bernal holds an undergraduate degree in law from Universidad EAFIT in Medellín, Colombia.

Baidoa, Somalia

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