Diana Whittemore is the Gender and Global Security Program Assistant at Women in International Security (WIIS). She recently graduated with an M.A. in International Affairs from The New School in New York City, where her studies focused on gendered finance and gendered impacts of conflict. Diana is most proud of her fieldwork in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where she interviewed low income women about their savings practices and authored a report about expanding women’s access to banking services.

In the second half of her graduate studies, Diana pivoted to global small arms policy, exploring efforts of NGOs and INGOs to address toxic masculinity as a driver of gun violence. The most rewarding part of this research was her collaboration with the International Action Network on Small Arms (IANSA) to create and distribute a survey to their members. This project allowed Diana to interview representatives of organizations around the world and learn about their work to stop gender-based gun violence.

Prior to graduate school, Diana spent several years as an immigration paralegal in New York, supporting employees in the process of applying for permanent residency. Her interest in working with immigrant communities and finance inspired her to intern with the Economic Empowerment Team at the International Rescue Committee, where she has assisted refugees in creating budgets, applying for credit cards, and learning about financial concepts.