Sophia Dawkins is a doctoral student in Political Science . She researches how peace processes shape political violence in civil wars, with a focus on South Sudan and the Horn of Africa. Sophia has been engaged with Sudan and South Sudan since 2010, when she deployed as a humanitarian worker in the contested Abyei Area. She then worked for four years in peace mediation and humanitarian negotiations with Conflict Dynamics International. Sophia has conducted projects for the World Bank, African Union, Carnegie Corporation, US State Department, Mercy Corps and World Peace Foundation. Her work on peace processes has featured in the Washington Post, and won prizes from the Diplomatic Courier and International Studies Association. Sophia holds an M.A. from the Fletcher School at Tufts University and a B.A. from the University of Oxford.