Clara Marina von Loebenstein is a candidate for the master’s degree in International Affairs at the New School focusing on Conflict and Security. She received a bachelor’s degree in International Studies with a focus in political science, Latin America, and Portuguese from Middlebury College in 2012. Her thesis focused on the actors and motivators behind the Shining Path in Peru. During her undergraduate studies, she was awarded the Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship to conduct research on structural and cultural violence and its relationship to terrorism in Peru. She was also awarded the Kathryn R. Davis Critical Language Scholarship for Peace in 2010. After graduating from Middlebury College, Clara worked in the legal field in New York and in Brazil. She worked in immigration, corporate securities, litigation, and criminal law at Fragomen, Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy, Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz and the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office respectively. For the past two years, she has focused on immigration law, participating in pro bono activities as well as volunteering at a Federal Detention Center in Texas to assist detainees with their asylum applications. Currently, Clara works as a Program Associate at the Observatory on Latin America (OLA) at the New School.