Susannah received a BS in International Politics from Georgetown University where she wrote a thesis on factors affecting the successful transition of rebel groups to political parties in Colombia. She also studied at the Universidad Pontificia Comillas in Madrid. Upon return to the United States, she will pursue a Juris Doctorate degree from the Georgetown University Law Center.
Susannah is the recipient of a Fulbright-Schuman research grant, which is administered by the Commission for Educational Exchange between the United States and Belgium and is jointly financed by the US State Department and the Directorate-General for Education and Culture of the European Commission.
Her research is focusing on the European Union’s response to peace processes within its own borders, in particular, a comparison of conflicts involving the Irish Republican Army (IRA) in Northern Ireland and Euskadi Ta Askatasuna (ETA) in Basque Country. Susannah is interested in questions of sovereignty, political separatism, and the efficacy of third-party involvement in conflict resolution.
Over the next nine months, she will spend three months each in Bruges and Brussels, Belfast and Bilbao.
For the first three months of her grant, Susannah was based at UNU-CRIS and will return for a few weeks, after completing her field research, in Spring 2020. At UNU-CRIS, she was conducting research on the European Union’s framework for responding to internal conflicts, under the supervision of former Director Ad Interim Luc Soete and Andrew Dunn.