Justine Sumrock is a master’s candidate at Carnegie Mellon University’s H. John Heinz III College, where she is studying Public Policy and Management. Sumrock joined Heinz College as an accelerated student from Chatham University where she recently earned a B.A. in Economics and International Relations with a minor in Conflict Studies.
Sumrock’s past collaborations have included work with Mediators Beyond Borders, the policy department of Planned Parenthood of Western Pennsylvania, and PERSAD. She studied at Vesalius College, Brussels, and the International Language Institute in Cairo. At CIPI, Sumrock conducted research on United States’ foreign policy towards Africa. Her research focused on the U.S. policymaking process and engagement in sub-Saharan African countries where the U.S. government had key interventions during the George W. Bush Administration to end conflicts on the continent.