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Hera Jay Brown

College Scholars—Socio-Cultural Anthropology and Migration Studies


Raised in Corryton, Tennessee, Hera Brown graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Summa Cum Laude from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville as a Baker, College, and Haslam Scholar. Hera's self-designed College Scholars degree program, Socio-Cultural Anthropology and Migration Studies, centered on research and engagement with forced migrant populations around the globe. Hera's research has primarily focused on understanding the lived experience of Syrian refugee workers, chiefly informed by her ethnographic field work in Germany, Jordan, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Throughout Hera's undergraduate career, she consistently aimed to better understand the intersections of labor rights, justice, asylum, and forced migration around the world. Hera will be completing a research project on citizenship-by-investment across Belgium, Malta, and Lithuania while interfacing with E.U. and NATO leaders as a 2019-2020 Fulbright-Schuman Research Grantee. Hera hopes to then complete a joint J.D./Ph.D. in Social Anthropology.