Melissa Neelakantan is a graduate from the MA program at the School of Diplomacy and International Relations at Seton Hall University. She specialized in global negotiation & conflict management, as well as international economics & development. She has gained valuable experience in facilitating, teaching, and researching through both her studies and professional experiences.
She started her education at Brigham Young University where she received her BA in history with a minor in political science. While there, she spent two semesters in India conducting field research on the relations between refugee and host communities. During her graduate studies, Melissa interned for the International Rescue Committee (IRC) and Global Nomads Group. She also worked as an associate editor for the school’s Journal of Diplomacy. Though her studies and work, Melissa has developed a deep passion for finding ways to create more peace and understanding amongst the world’s different countries and cultures.