Master of International Policy (MIP), Bachelor of Arts (AB) in International Affairs

Elizabeth Carter is a bachelors/masters student of International Policy and International Affairs. She intends to work on the private side of the public-private partnerships for development space, in the intersection of her international policy, resource scarcity, and identity politics interests.


University of Georgia

M.I.P. International Policy

B.A. International Affairs



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Elizabeth began her time at the University of Georgia as an International Affairs major and in her second year began classes in the Master of International Policy Program as a dual-degree student. Her career at UGA thus far has been marked by CURO Scholar and faculty-led research projects each semester, with topics ranging from ethnicity’s effect on voting in Latin America with Dr. Micah Gell-Redman to taking on the water mafia in Karachi, Pakistan with a public-private partnership under Dr. Amanda Murdie.

In addition to research, Elizabeth takes great pride in her involvement with student organizations related to SPIA. In July 2019, she was invited to speak on a panel at the John Quincy Adams Society National Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C. about her experience reviving and serving as President of the campus chapter that became one of the most successful ones in the nation that year. She also founded and serves as President of a student organization called Advocates for Inclusive Development at UGA (or UGAID), which cultivates campus awareness about innovative approaches to development aid. Within SPIA, she is the current President of the SPIA Student Union, has served two years as a SPIA Ambassador, and spearheaded the inaugural SPIA Peer Mentorship Program, of which she continues to serve as Director.

Elizabeth was also a Public Service and Outreach Scholar 2018-2019 and interned in the International Center at the Carl Vinson Institute of Government under Dr. Rusty Brooks. She was awarded a research stipend for Fall 2019 to continue as an intern and explore land reform issues in South Africa. At the Center for International Trade and Security, Elizabeth was selected as Richard B. Russell Security Leadership Scholar for 2019 and traveled to D.C. with the cohort in March to visit various federal agencies and meet UGA graduates.

The following summer, Elizabeth was selected as an Honors in Washington Scholarship recipient and lived in UGA’s Delta Hall in Capitol Hill. She spent the summer at the United States Department of State in the Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator, working with the Private Sector Engagement team. Here, she engaged in programmatic evaluation for PEPFAR’S DREAMS Initiative and a supply chain systems landscape for health commodities on the African continent. The summer prior, Elizabeth worked as an intern at the International Rescue Committee’s Atlanta office in the Microenterprise Development Program. During this time, she designed and conducted qualitative field research to assess the business climate in Clarkston, GA among refugee- and immigrant-owned business and crafted an internal report for to inform IRC programming in Clarkston.

Elizabeth is a member of the Blue Key and Phi Kappa Phi Honor Societies on campus. She intends to work on the private side of the public-private partnerships for development space, in the intersection of her policy, GIS, and identity politics expertise.

Of Note

Elizabeth is the President of the SPIA Student Union and Director of the SPIA Peer Mentorship Program, which pairs first-year students with upperclassmen to connect them to organizations, internships, and other opportunities.

Research Interests

During her undergraduate studies, Elizabeth participated in multiple faculty-guided research projects that served to shape her current interests in identity politics, public-private partnerships, and resource deficiencies.

On a year-long project with Dr. Laura Zimmermann, Elizabeth developed data management and analysis skills through the construction of a database for the 35 Indian Union States and Territories to determine the effect of delimitation on government efficacy.

For Dr. Leah Carmichael, Elizabeth produced a paper postulating the effect of administration changes on the continuity of contracts awarded by USAID. During summer 2019, while interning at the Department of State for a Private Sector Engagement Team at the Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator, she was able to witness first-hand the effect of administration changes on the partnerships between the US Government and the private sector.

Under the mentorship of Dr. Amanda Murdie, Elizabeth crafted a policy proposal for a public-private partnership to address water insecurity in Karachi, Pakistan. She submitted this research to the State Department during its application process, and this was the component that set her apart and ultimately led to her internship offer.

At the Carl Vinson Institute of Government International Center with Dr. Rusty Brooks, Elizabeth explored the efficacy of conditional cash transfers in indigenous communities in Latin America and developed policy recommendations that addressed the capital deficiencies inhibiting their efficacy.