Lucy Nemerov (she/her) is a senior majoring in International Relations with concentrations in International History & Culture and Social Development & Human Well-Being. She is also pursuing a minor in creative writing. She spoke with us about her interests within IR, her study abroad experience, and more!
Can you tell us about your BOSP study abroad experience?
The summer after my sophomore year, I studied abroad in Cape Town, South Africa through BOSP. While abroad, I learned so much about a country in the midst of a political and cultural shift and found an anchor in art and literature — modes of cultural expression that reflected the political feelings of a larger people. I loved exploring the vibrant arts scene in Cape Town and continue to be inspired by many creatives from the city.
During my study abroad, I was also able to work as a design intern for Digital Medic. I worked alongside another Stanford student to create educational designs for vulnerable mothers about safe breastfeeding practices and overall postpartum health. These designs are utilized in healthcare centers throughout South Africa, Mozambique, Botswana, and Malawi.
What are your primary academic/research interests?
I'm interested in creative production as a means for social justice and progress. My experiences in Cape Town, while distinct in their methods, have collectively contributed to my understanding of how one can make a positive impact on the world through creative means.
What sparked your interest in IR?
Through the IR major, I've been able to explore all my academic passions in a meaningful way. The program encourages a personalized exploration of different fields, and this flexibility has been invaluable in my academic journey. It has allowed me to transcend disciplinary boundaries and see the interconnectedness of subjects that may initially seem discrete.