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Ariel Lee Bothen

Senior Advisor

Ariel joined BIT as an Advisor in the area of Social Cohesion and Intergration and is part of the Home Affairs and International Development team. She joined BIT after completing her master’s degree in International Affairs, with a focus on conflict studies, at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin and writing her master’s thesis on how intergroup contact theory has been applied to reducing prejudice and discrimination.

Before starting her master’s, Ariel worked in Washington, D.C. at the U.S. Agency for International Development in the Office of Transition Initiatives – which focused on conflict and stabilization programming. She also worked in the Senate for U.S. Senator Angus King of Maine, across a variety of portfolio areas, including judiciary and immigration.

She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Maine in 2014 with degrees in Anthropology and International Relations.