Ariel Bothen graduated from the University of Maine in 2014 with two degrees: a Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs and a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology. She received recognition as the Outstanding Graduating Student for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Upon graduating with several internships and study abroad experiences, Ariel became a legislative intern for Senator Angus King Jr. of Maine, working on various policy portfolios such as immigration, judiciary, and technology for eight months. Ariel also worked for two years at the US Agency for International Development, in the Office of Transition Initiatives, which focuses on conflict stabilisation work in countries experiencing political transition or conflict. She interned with the peace and security division of the Global Public Policy Institute and assisted the team with various research projects.
Master’s thesis title
Applied intergroup contact theory as a conflict-prevention tool