Master’s in Animals and Public Policy (MAPP) Candidate 2017
B.A., Anthropology and Linguistics, New York University, 2010
What were you doing before entering the MAPP program?
I was working in e-commerce as a sales assistant at Zojirushi America Corporation while volunteering at the Marine Mammal Care Center at Fort MacArthur, where I helped with the rehabilitation of stranded or injured pinnipeds found along the coast of Southern California.
What aspects of MAPP led to your decision to join the program?
It was always a dream of mine to work with animals in my career. In particular, I’ve always had an interest in human-animal relationships and animal behavior. I was looking at programs online and was drawn to the fact that the CAPP focuses so much on ethics, culture, and policy with regards to the role of animals in society. I also liked the fact that the program includes a wide variety of mentored externships, especially after reading about past students’ hands-on experiences.
Interests in and experience with animals
Since I was very young, I loved animals and grew up with pet dogs, hamsters, and parakeets. I’m also interested in exotic animals, and have volunteered at aquariums and zoos starting in middle school. For the past three years, I’ve been volunteering at a rescue facility for pinnipeds.
What do you want to focus on at MAPP? What drew you to this?
At MAPP, I would like to focus on animal behavior, especially in wildlife and how humans affect it. I was drawn to this not only because of my experiences with wildlife rehabilitation but also because of my interest in human behavior. Studying anthropology and psychology as an undergraduate student bolstered my curiosity in how human and animal behaviors relate and how to utilize that knowledge to enrich all of our lives.
What are your career goals?
I would love to work with marine mammals, in conservation or outreach or education. Ideally, I would like to work with pinnipeds!
What are your outside interests?
I enjoy travel, especially to different countries. I also enjoy watching movies and reading.
Number of pets? What?
My family and I have two dogs – one Chiweenie and one Beagle mix, but they will be remaining in Southern California while I make the move to Massachusetts.
MS in Animals and Public Policy
The MS in Animals and Public Policy (MAPP) is an intensive, 12-to-16-month graduate degree program that focuses on human-animal relationships and their implications for policy and community action.
Center for Animals and Public Policy
The mission of the Tufts Center for Animals and Public Policy (CAPP) is to conduct and encourage scholarly evaluation and understanding of the complex societal issues and public policy dimensions of the changing role and impact of animals in society. Work conducted by the Center is based on the tenets that animal well-being matters, that animal and human well-being are linked, and that both are enhanced through improved understanding of human-animal relationships.