Sharon Suri '04

Sharon Suri

Location: Penang, Malaysia
Major(s) and Minor(s): History
Thesis title and/or topic/description: “The Chorus of Euripides’ Bacchae: Reconstructing the Roles of Athenian Women”

What have you done since graduation?

After graduating in 2004, I worked as an Aquatic Director for several years, leaving that role to serve as a Peace Corps volunteer in Senegal. Using the public health understanding I developed there, I worked in Nepal training teachers to run reproductive and sexual health education classes for their high school students.

After this, I was seeking a way to blend together my diverse experiences into an international development career path, which led me to complete my Master’s Degree in Globalization & Development at the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex. I have been living in Penang, Malaysia and working as a project coordinator at WorldFish (a CGIAR center) since 2012.

How do you think majoring in history or taking history classes has mattered to you?

While the ancient history I focused on at Scripps doesn’t enter into much of my work today, I think that my respect and understanding of historical context and complex systems is invaluable to the work I do. It’s not uncommon for those in international development to overlook the significance of historical context, but for me these are inextricably linked.

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