Paula Armstrong, 2015, USA

Livelihood Coordinator - Danish Refugee Council, Sanliurfa, Turkey

On the alumni network:
"The Fletcher alumni network has been extremely valuable to me. I found my current position with the Danish Refugee Council (DRC) through a Fletcher alumna who works as DRC's Global Technical Adviser on Cash-Based Programming. Knowing how difficult it can be to gain a foothold in the humanitarian field, I am very grateful for this opportunity."

Faculty impact: "Working closely with professors Kim Wilson and Karen Jacobsen impressed on me the importance of conducting respectful, participatory field work; being aware of (ever-present!) power dynamics; and being willing to admit one's own shortcomings. It's great knowing that I can always contact them for guidance, and I hope to emulate their frank and humble approach to humanitarian work and research."

Favorite book:

Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

Favorite movie:

Das Leben der Anderen (The Lives of Others)

Favorite musician or band:

Frank Ocean

Favorite website:


Fletcher alumnus you admire:

Jeffrey Feltman, United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs

Fletcher capstone

Lean Research: Redefining Rigor

Fields of Study

  • International Negotiation and Conflict Resolution

  • International Security Studies

Activities involved in at Fletcher

  • Tufts University Refugee Assistance Program
  • Fletcher Gender Initiative
  • Global Women 
  • Fletcher Students in Security

Education before Fletcher

  • BA, International Relations/German Studies, Brown University

Experience before Fletcher

  • Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program, Assistant Language Teacher, Nishinomiyashi, Hyogo, Japan
  • United States Department of State, Intern at Consulate General, Düsseldorf, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
  • Brown University History Department, Research Assistant, London, United Kingdom


  • German
  • Japanese
  • English