Ava Kalinauskas is a Gender & Global Security Program Assistant at Women in International Security (WIIS) and is currently based in the United Kingdom. A student in the Sciences Po Paris and University of Sydney Dual Degree program, the dual Australian/UK citizen is earning two Bachelor of Arts Degrees in four years through accelerated coursework.

Ava recently graduated Cum Laude from Sciences Po Paris, studying an intensive social sciences curriculum focused on transatlantic relations between North America and Europe. In addition to majoring in Political Humanities and minoring in International Law, at Sciences Po, she was also the Opinion Editor for The Sundial Press, the student newspaper, Publications Executive for the Feminist Society, and a food bank volunteer. Prior to this, her writing also featured in media such as the ABC—Australia’s national broadcaster—who published Ava’s unique generational perspective on Australia’s 2019 Federal Election.

Ava has just commenced the second half of the Dual Degree program at the University of Sydney, as a Dalyell Scholar, participating in a range of tailored enrichment opportunities and majoring in both Political Economy and History. She is interested in exploring how gendered study of genocide and mass atrocities can create new avenues of prevention, as well as how histories of empire and migration intersect with class, race, and gender to shape modern ideas of citizenship and statehood. Passionate about journalism and advocacy, Ava is seeking to pursue people-centered and sustainable policy solutions to global issues.