Allyn Anderson is a gender and global security program assistant with WIIS. She is currently pursuing two bachelor's degrees at the University of Maryland, one in international relations and the other in sociocultural and linguistic anthropology with a focus on studies of religion, French, Japanese, and Arabic.

Her interest in global and cultural studies began with a children’s book, “Oh the Places You’ll Go!” by Dr. Seuss.

“Everyone is just waiting.


That's not for you!

Somehow you'll escape

all that waiting and staying

You'll find the bright places

where Boom Bands are playing.

With banner flip-flapping,

once more you'll ride high!

Ready for anything under the sky.

Ready because you're that kind of a guy!”

Since she was a child, she’s always wanted to find those “bright places,” and even when the reality of finances made global travel difficult, she always turned to learning about the world through books, documentaries, and the people in her community who had been lucky enough to travel. She hopes to fill her 40-page passport in more ways than one, and learn how the world is now, has been, and can be.

Her interests in international security stemmed from a recent project in which she, and some friends from her school’s model UN team, hosted a mock congressional session to develop new approaches to law enforcement policies in the United States. During that project, she recognized that there were some incredibly deep-rooted flaws in the culture behind various law enforcement organizations that can, and should, be remedied to the benefit of both the public and those law enforcement organizations themselves.

In her free time, she loves to go on little adventures with her dog, Hugo, to local parks, restaurants, and dog-friendly bookstores.  She also enjoys reading declassified intelligence reports (yes, for fun) and hopes to one day see her name in the credits of a major intelligence report. After she graduates, she plans to work within the federal government, preferably within the intelligence community.