ennifer Schaffer is a first-year MA candidate at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies concentrating in International Economics and Strategic Studies. Currently, she is studying at Johns Hopkins SAIS Europe in Bologna, Italy, where she is learning Italian and cultivating her love for Italian food. Her main focus within her research is US-Turkey security relations and Turkey’s strategic importance in bridging Eurasia and the Middle East. Before attending Johns Hopkins SAIS, Jennifer was a Peace Corps volunteer in Rwanda, working in impoverished communities teaching English and Sexual Health Education.
She received her undergraduate degree in International Studies from American University, with a concentration in Peace, Global Security, and Conflict Resolution in the Middle East region. During her undergraduate program, she conducted research at American Foreign Policy Council and the Wilson Center. Jennifer is originally from Los Angeles, where she lives with her two huge energetic dogs.