Master of Public Administration (MPA), Applied Politics

Mathilde was born and raised in Roswell, Georgia. However, her parents are Belgian immigrants. As a result, she has visited Belgium extensively, as well as some of the surrounding countries. She grew up speaking French, and this combination contributed to her initial interest with foreign policy. Mathilde graduated in May of 2019 with a degree in International Affairs, minors in Spanish and Political Science, and the Public Affairs Professional Certificate in Applied Politics. Throughout her schooling, she has worked to balance her love of foreign policy with a passion for public service. Her sophomore year, she participated in the Verona study abroad program, cementing her dedication and curiosity towards understanding and respecting foreign cultures and norms. Mathilde has worked on 3 political campaigns, serving as Head of Operations for 2 of while in school. She was also fortunate enough to be a Frye Fellow during the 2018-2019 school year, and was able to serve the Athens community directly during the Georgia Legislative Session.

Education

B.A. | University of Georgia | 2019 | International Affairs

From Spanish Linguistics to War and Gender to Media and Politics, the courses taken in pursuit of my undergraduate degree have served to open my eyes and see the bigger picture. All of these courses have encouraged me to approach problems from the more difficult angle, and take into consideration the perspective of those whose side isn’t usually taken. I was fortunate enough to take a Congressional Policy and Procedures research class, in which I tracked the 1988-89 Fiscal Authorization for the State Department through its entire trajectory in Congress. This went to show the full extent of not only the power of individual congressmen and women, but also the various intricacies of the policy-making process.

Research Interests

Policy implementation, especially what gets taken into account when beginning the research and structuring components. How policy can be structured in a way to take into account the needs of those that are usually overlooked, or not assumed to be impacted, particularly in developing countries