Luke Connell is Georgia native, raised on a farm in Cairo. He joins the team as an outreach paralegal after working abroad in the humanitarian assistance field. In 2013, Luke received the Princeton in Africa Fellowship to work with the International Rescue Committee in Kenya, a global humanitarian aid organization, and continued his work on staff with the Somalia office of the IRC. In both offices, he assisted the design and monitoring of projects in the field as well as management of donor communications.
Luke earned his Bachelor’s degree in political science and religious studies from Yale University. His studies focused on migrant and refugee issues and explored political influences that inform policies affecting these groups. He further studied agrarian movements and how the state apparatus gains influence in rural areas. His senior thesis on the Dominican Republic’s WWII-era refugee policy and its role in Dominican state-building earned him distinction in his major. He is proficient in Spanish and French.