Diana’s interest in anthropology has taken her all over the world, from Baltimore to Indonesia – and now to Canberra. Having previously spent time working in the civil society sector, Diana is currently at the Australian National University completing further study in her field.
Originally from Melbourne, Diana travelled to the United States on a scholarship program when she was just 17. Although she found the transition difficult at first, she decided to stay in the US for her undergraduate studies, completing an Arts degree in Political Science and Anthropology at Bryn Mawr College, Pennsylvania.
After several years working in the US for NGOs focused on addressing inequalities, Diana returned to Melbourne in 2015 where she continued working in the sector.
She eventually decided to embark on postgraduate study, although wasn’t certain which pathway to take. After considering law school in Melbourne, she leaned toward her “first love” of anthropology.
Her decision led her to enrol in a Master of Applied Anthropology and Participatory Development at the ANU.
“I am interested in combining the practical elements of knowledge with the theoretical side,” Diana explained.
She was attracted to the program offered at ANU because of its emphasis on the practical uses of anthropology to understanding social impact.
Despite her overseas experience, Diana said she is glad to be back in Australia. She particularly enjoys the serenity of Canberra’s natural surrounds and the sense of community she has found at the ANU.
When she’s not studying, you can find her walking up Mount Ainslie or at the skate park with the ANU Skate Gals Club. She also has some photos on display at the upcoming Art of Anthropology exhibition.