Independent Research Project: “Is Beauty in the Eye of the Beholder? A Cross-Cultural Study of the Consequences of Beauty Ideals.”

WGSE Alumni, Kristen Ferguson
Kristen Ferguson, WGSE Student in 2010

Kristen graduated from Wellesley College with a B.A. in Women’s and Gender Studies, with a concentration on Intersectionality and a minor in Psychology. Kristen later graduated from Columbia Law School with a Juris Doctorate and focused her learning on labor law, inequality, and alternative dispute resolution. Currently, Kristen works as an attorney in New York City at a large commercial law firm and co-coordinates the Pro Bono program for the NY Office and sits on the firm-wide Pro Bono Committee. After participating in the WGS in Europe program, Kristen spent a summer in Mumbai, India, interning at a girl’s school in a Muslim community. After college, Kristen worked as a residential counselor for traumatized teenage girls in Massachusetts. Kristen then went to law school to obtain the tools to fix our broken systems. In law school, Kristen facilitated the Workers’ Rights Student Coalition, was a member of the Journal of Race and Law and established an externship through which students provided 10-15 hours/week of legal services to the Employment Law Unit of the Legal Aid Society, in exchange for instruction on New York City, State, and Federal employment laws by attorneys in the unit. Kristen also spent a summer in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and completed a judicial internship with the Honorable Bruce J. Mcgiverin at the United States District Court for the District of Puerto Rico. Kristen is a trained mediator and has mediated disputes between community members, assisted the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians in developing a Native Peacemaking program as an alternative to their tribal court, and organized conflict resolution trainings for ambassadors in Japan and diplomats at the United Nations.