Laurah Hester specialised in international security and sustainability at the Hertie School, including a semester at Fudan University in China, where she focused on Chinese policy. She completed her Bachelor of Arts in International Relations, Politics and History, with a minor in global economics and management at Jacobs University, Germany, including an exchange semester at Sciences Po Paris. Professionally, she was employed by the U.S. government at the Defense Institute of Security Cooperation Studies (DISCS) as a research assistant. Additionally, while at United States Africa Command, she interned for the U.S. Agency of International Development (USAID) as an international development specialist and for the U.S. Bureau of Intelligence and Research (INR) as a perception research production specialist.
Master's thesis title
United States development aid, policy gaps and solutions: A policy process re-evaluation