Prisca Benelli, Italy

Something that has surprised me about Fletcher : Everybody speaks of how diverse the Fletcher community is, and they are right. I have met people who have worked in development, the military, financial services, media, government and who were humanitarians. They are from all over the world too! The one thing I find most striking me most is that everyone is extremely passionate about their field of study and expertise; it's something rare and contagious at the same time. When I hear Dania talking about Pakistan, or Katarina talking about security in Serbia, or Professor Church talking about corruption, I feel as though I never want the conversations to end so I can continue learning.

How has Fletcher broadened my global perspective: Fletcher has broadened my perspective by introducing me to people from all over the world. You can spend a lot of time studying or even living in a country, but hearing the perspective of someone who was born and raised in that country helps you understand it even more. It is one thing to theoretically discuss child labor in the cotton industry in Uzbekistan, but to have a conversation with someone who has experienced this as a child is even more impactful.

Favorite magazine:

Internazionale, a weekly magazine of articles (in Italian) from newspapers and magazines throughout the world.

Favorite food:


Favorite landmark:

The lakes near Bamyan, in Afghanistan

Favorite landmark:

Peter Trotter, who's currently UNHCR senior protection officer in Darfur and a very passionate and fun person

Best place to study:

The cafes around Medford. Studying in a cafe is one of the things I enjoy most in the States

Fields of Study

  • Human Security
  • Humanitarian Studies
  • International Negotiation and Conflict Resolution

Activities involved in at Fletcher

  • Blakeley Hall Social Committee

Education before Fletcher

  • MALD, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University
  • Laurea in Scienze per la Pace, mediazione e trasformazione dei conflitti, Universita' di Pisa

Experience before Fletcher

  • Program Coordinator, INTERSOS; West Darfur
  • Project Manager, Oikos East-Africa; Tanzania
  • Project Officer, Cooperazione Italiana; Afghanistan
  • Project Officer, Italian Embassy; Afghanistan 


  • Italian
  • Spanish
  • French
  • English

Summer Internship

  • Intersos; Aden, Yemen