Master of Arts (MA) in Political Science & International Affairs

Meridith LaVelle is a Master’s student in the Political Science and International Affairs program. She graduated cum laude from the University of Georgia with bachelor’s degrees in International Affairs and German Language.

  • BA, University of Georgia, International Affairs, 2016
  • BA, University of Georgia, German Language, 2015
  • Certificate, University of Georgia, Music Business, 2015
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Meridith is originally from Dalton, Georgia. After making a career change from the music industry, she decided to go into international affairs. In 2014, she participated in study abroad through UGA’s German department, learning about environmental progress and honing in her German language skills in Freiburg, Germany. The following year, she received her bachelor’s degree in German Language.

In fall 2015, Meridith began the International Affairs program through SPIA and found that she wanted to work in human rights. She went on SPIA’s study abroad program in Stellenbosch, South Africa during summer 2015. That fall, she travelled to Chiang Mai, Thailand where she earned her TEFL certification and studied Thai culture and history for a directed studies course. From these experiences, she found that the best way to contribute her efforts in making a real impact on human rights is to begin working at the local level.

Since earning her second bachelor’s degree in fall 2016, Meridith has worked as a research advisor for a non-profit based out of Denver, Colorado. Through her position, she worked with the foundation to find organizations ranging in a variety of causes to receive donations.

Research Interests

Meridith’s research interests include human rights, international human rights law, international law, authoritarian regimes, political violence, and humanitarian response.