Claire Fisher ’12
Claire graduated with a dual degree in Economics & International Studies and Political Science, along with two minors in History and Russian. She was the Joseph F. Flubacher Scholarship winner in 2011; an award given to a student that shows promise toward using his or her education in economics to promote social justice. She chose to study economics because she appreciated the analytic framework of the subject. During her time at La Salle, She interned with the Foreign Policy Research Institute, where she gained experience with conducting research. She also interned through La Salle at Dawn’s Place, a nonprofit organization in Philadelphia dedicated to housing and rehabilitating female survivors of human trafficking. She was able to help with researching grants, writing proposals and reports, and outreach. Claire has applied her experience at Dawn’s Place to an interest in the role of developmental economics in improving the lives of women and empowering women to become freer economic agents. Claire received the Fublright English Teaching Assistantship Grant in Azerbaijan, and is living in Baku. Claire is working as a teaching assistant at the Academy of Public Administration under the president of the Republic of Azerbaijan. She is also working in an internship with the United Nations Development Program in Baku. In her spare time Claire holds English conversation clubs for students, and is taking Azeri language classes and brushing up on her Russian language skills.
Claire’s Comments about the Economics Department:
“My opinions and worldview were constantly challenged and I found myself working as hard as possible to master as much material as possible and learn more so that I could be informed.”
“I felt supported and encouraged by each individual professor and the department as a whole throughout my time there (and I still feel that way today).”
“My interest in international relations and development was reinforced throughout the major (especially by Dr. Mshomba), leading me to explore all possible options to learn more about the area of the world I am most interested in – Russia & Central Asia.”
“I think that my economics major gave me an edge in my Fulbright application, and I think it will also help me to stand out as I apply to master’s program in Russian, East European and Eurasian studies.”
“Overall, I think my economics major has prepared me for anything that the future holds.”