Abby Melbourne is a junior at Barnard College hailing from Bettendorf, Iowa. As a political science major with a minor in philosophy, her research interests lie at the intersection of international relations, human rights, and law. In addition to her role as a Writing Fellow and Teaching Assistant at Barnard, she writes for the Columbia Daily Spectator and serves on the board of the CU Journal of Politics and Society and the CU Ballet Ensemble.