Thanks for checking out my blog!
My name is Cassidy Gasteiger, and I’m a rising senior at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.
I’m keeping this blog to chronicle my research during the summer of 2017, made possible thanks to the generosity of the Circumnavigator’s Foundation. The Circumnavigator’s Grant funds undergraduate students on solo around-the-world research trips, requiring students to make a complete lap around the world while undertaking a global research project. My topic, “Statelessness: A Comparative Study of Pathways to Citizenship for Stateless Populations,” aims to assess the status and plight of a variety of stateless populations around the world, particularly the prospects and challenges associated with pursuing and achieving citizenship.
I am traveling to the Dominican Republic, Cote d’Ivoire, Germany, Latvia, Kyrgyzstan, and Malaysia to conduct interviews with experts, NGO’s, and stateless people to gain a more thorough understanding of how statelessness affects people’s everyday lives and how feasible and realistic pathways to citizenship are for these populations. Along the way, I hope to have some time left over to explore the culture and beauty of each of the countries I visit.
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