Staff

Danielle Cyr

Danielle Cyr is the Program Associate for the Institute for African Studies, where she supports engagement, programming and research. In 2015, Danielle graduated as a Toor Cummings Center for International Studies and the Liberal Arts (CISLA) Scholar with a B.A. in International Relations and Global Islamic Studies at Connecticut College. In 2016, she completed her M.Sc. in International Politics and Human Rights at the University of Glasgow in Scotland, UK, where she analyzed critical perspectives on human rights in the international community, including challenges to humanitarian intervention and UN peacekeeping missions. In her program, she presented a case study of the 1994 Rwandan Genocide that critiqued the international community’s failed responses, as well as the subsequent adoption and challenges of the R2P doctrine. Her M.Sc. dissertation explored the persistence of patriarchy and rise of violence against women in Turkey.

Danielle previously interned with the NGO International Alliance for the Advancement of Children (IAAC) in Les Cayes, Haiti, where she taught English, music, dance, and art as a means to empower Haitian girls and women. Her core interest is advancing women’s equality and leadership opportunities in Africa.


Kiana Herold

Kiana Herold is the Program Assistant for the Institute for African Studies, where she supports engagement, programming and research. Kiana is also the Assistant Editor at The Washington Quarterly, where she aids in bringing articles to full publication, which includes substantial editing both for content and grammar, developing key themes within a security focus, and communicating with authors. She also oversees the day-to-day operations of the journal: this includes managing the budget; overseeing administration, marketing, and social media strategies; and serving as the main liaison with the publisher.

Kiana earned her B.A. as a Law, Jurisprudence & Social Thought major at Amherst College, with a focus on international relations. While at Amherst she wrote an honors thesis on refugees, human rights and subjecthood from a global legal perspective. She has worked at The American Society of International Law, the Hudson Institute, and an NGO working on arms control issues at the United Nations. Kiana has also spent time abroad in Vienna, Austria, where she polished her German language skills. Kiana is a DC transplant originally from California.