Luciana Storelli–Castro obtained a B.A. in Political Science and Philosophy from CSU. While at CSU, Luciana played on the university’s club soccer team and served as a weekly columnist for The Rocky Mountain Collegian. During her junior year, Luciana was awarded a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship to spend one year at the University of Ghana. Apart from completing university coursework, Luciana volunteered as an English teacher at a Ghanaian primary school and as a coach for a girl's soccer team at Buduburam, a Liberian refugee camp.
Luciana credits her undergraduate experience at CSU for having provided her with affordable access to higher education and a solid academic foundation that set her on course to pursue further studies and professional development. Thinking back on her time at CSU, Luciana has fond memories of her professors, fellow students, and the generally friendly campus environment. CSU holds a special place for Luciana as the institution that helped mold and give flight to a curious mind. For this, Luciana will forever be thankful and indebted to her alma mater.
After CSU, Luciana completed an M.A. with distinction in African Peace and Conflict Studies as a Rotary Peace Fellow at the University of Bradford in 2013. During her fellowship, Luciana spent 4 months in Liberia working as a freelance journalist and conducting research for her M.A. thesis. She also holds an M.A. in Ethics, Peace & Global Affairs from American University (AU). During her graduate studies at AU, Luciana was afforded the opportunity of working closely with a number of renowned international law and conflict resolution specialists as a Research Assistant at the United States Institute of Peace.
Luciana is currently a first year doctoral student in Political Science at George Washington University, where she is concentrating her research on post-conflict state-building and democratization in sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America.