Jennifer received her Bachelor of Arts from Monash University and has a Master of Arts (International Relations) with specialisations in human rights and international law, and conflict and security. As part of her postgraduate studies, Jennifer had the opportunity to work at the United Nations in New York with the Office of the Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide and the Responsibility to Protect. Jennifer also volunteered for a year with the International Humanitarian Law department of the Australian Red Cross.
Jennifer’s MA dissertation, for which she was awarded a high distinction, analysed and compared the security narratives of the security leadership and local women in Jerusalem and the West Bank.
Jennifer’s particular interests are critical security studies, human security, everyday security narratives, international humanitarian law, and genocide studies.
During her time at ANU, Jennifer continued this exploration of security issues and narratives, by examining community security and the relationship between human security and cultural heritage.
Jennifer held visiting fellowships at the International Institute of Social Sciences, The Netherlands and with the Moore Institute at the National University of Ireland, Galway.
Her thesis titled ‘Looking at Community Security through Cultural Heritage’ was submitted December 2020.