Zara Riaz, '15, a senior political science major and economics minor, received a Princeton in Africa fellowship. Founded in 1999, Princeton in Africa develops young leaders committed to Africa's advancement by offering yearlong fellowship opportunities with organizations that work across the African continent. This year, 49 recent college graduates from 35 colleges and universities are working with 30 organizations in 15 African countries.
Riaz will serve as a research fellow with the African School of Economics in Benin, West Africa. She will live on campus and conduct research on governance, democracy and civil society issues, among others.
Riaz is from Charleston, W.Va., has lived in Pakistan, and during her time at Davidson spent time in Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and Colombia. She spent a summer as an intern for Spark Microgrants in Rwanda and also interned for the Children's Rights Division of Human Rights Watch in New York City.
Following the fellowship, her future plans include either law or graduate school with an emphasis on international development and policy.