Manuela Travaglianti is from Catania, Italy. She earned a B.A. in International Relations and an M.A. in European Studies from the University of Catania and also earned diplomas from the Scuola Superiore di Catania, an elite higher education institution for advanced undergraduate and graduate studies. Manuela chose to pursue her Ph.D. at GSAS because she thought the school would provide excellent training in research methodology. She was also excited about participating in the Inter-University Doctoral Consortium, a program that allows students enrolled at participating New York area institutions to take courses for credit at other consortium schools.
Manuela’s research at NYU is on the intersection of ethnic politics, civil wars and peace building, with a focus on the role of institutions in conflict prevention. Her research is guided by a few questions: What is the best institutional design for ethnically divided societies? How can we prevent the recurrence of conflicts within countries? Why is ethnicity often linked to instability and how can this link be broken? She has a particular interest in Burundi, where she spent five weeks last summer doing preliminary research and interviews. Her trip was funded by a GSAS departmental travel grant. Manuela will return to Burundi this summer to continue her work. After completing her Ph.D. she hopes to pursue an academic career or perhaps work as a policy consultant.