Nicole Smith is pursuing her Master of Arts in International Studies with a focus on economic development in Africa. Her thesis, “The Dynamics of Identity in Determining French Foreign Aid,” investigates how French bilateral aid is determined by colonial relationships and the policy of Françafrique. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Religious studies with Honors and a minor in French in May 2015 from the University of Oklahoma.
During her time as an undergrad, Nicole was actively involved in the Economic Club, Campus Activities Council, and President’s Leadership Class. She also served as the Regional Affairs intern for the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City in downtown Oklahoma City. As a graduate student, Nicole has attended a variety of conferences including the University of Nebraska’s European Studies Conference and the Midwestern Political Science Association. In addition to her editor duties, she serves as secretary for the International Studies Graduate Association.
Nicole also works as a research assistant for World Neighbors, a nonprofit organization in Oklahoma City that focuses on sustainable development. She also volunteers with the Spero Project, where she tutors English to refugees from Burma, Iraq, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
After graduation in May, Nicole will continue to be a life-long student and will pursue a Master of Arts in Quantitative Methods for Social Sciences at Columbia University.