Ariel Eckblad

Eckblad_ArielAriel is pursuing a J.D. at Harvard Law School with a focus on international law and negotiation. Graduating from Spelman College with degrees in political science and women’s studies, Ariel came to appreciate the intersectionality of race, class, gender, and sexual orientation in the American political system. Upon completing her undergraduate studies, Ariel became particularly interested in international affairs and the peaceable resolution of international political conflict. This passion led her to study global governance and international relations at the University of London and University of Oxford. In seeking to substantiate her studies  with practical experience, Ariel worked as a researcher for Chatham House, a policy analyst for United States Agency for International Development, and conducted research as a Fulbright scholar in Mumbai.  At Chatham House Ariel drafted publications on the importance of soft power in US foreign policy, at USAID she worked to create an in-house gender integration program, and as a Fulbright scholar in India she studied the interlinking of religion, caste, and gender in Maharashtra’s political system. A firm believer that there is at least one elegant solution to every problem, Ariel hopes to spend her time at Harvard connecting with likeminded people.