Kelly Murphy joins the Aspen Institute from the Mediation Center of the Coastal Empire, where she served as an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer mediating disputes and facilitating dialogues. She recently earned M.Phil in Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation from Trinity College Dublin, graduating with distinction and winning the James Haire Essay Prize for her dissertation on police reform in Northern Ireland. Prior to her graduate studies, Kelly was a research assistant for Chen & Cragen, a communications firm in Seattle, researching for clients like Microsoft and Intel. Kelly graduated magna cum laude from New York University Abu Dhabi in 2018 with a degree in Political Science and served as Student Body President. Kelly will attend Harvard Law School in the fall and plans to pursue a career in international conflict mediation.