Cassandra Zavislak is the WPS Project Specialist with the Our Secure Future program. Prior to Joining One Earth Future’s OSF program, Cassandra earned her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Michigan in 2019. She majored in International Studies with honors; Political Science; and Russian, Eastern European and Eurasian Area Studies. At Michigan, she wrote her undergraduate honors capstone on women in extremist groups, and spent time studying in Brussels, Stockholm, and St. Petersburg. Cassandra earned her Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy (MALD) from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University in 2021. At the Fletcher School, she specialized in International Security Studies and International Negotiation and Conflict Resolution, and wrote her capstone on the male supremacist movement within the U.S. alternative right.
In addition to her work with OSF, Cassandra is the Fall 2021 Fellow with the Leadership Council for Women in International Security (LCWINS). In the past, she has worked with Women in International Security, Global (WIIS), where she carried out research on masculinity and international security and developed a workshop training program for emerging international security professionals. Cassandra has also worked with the Hudson Institute on US-Russia-China relations and the effects of COVID-19 on transatlantic relations policy. She has worked with the Military Intervention Project at the Fletcher School, conducted research with the University of Michigan on the development of international human rights law and ethical political science research, and interned with the state of Michigan Senate.