Alexandra Schaerrer received her Bachelor of Arts from Washington and Lee University in 2005, graduatingsumma cum laude with a degree in Political Science and German Literature. In 2007 Alexandra earned her first Masters in Comparative and International Studies at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH). She subsequently spent three years in East Africa working for various NGOs in the conservation, education and development field. In 2013 she earned a double Masters via The University of Malta’s MEDAC program on Mediterranean Security Studies and George Mason University’s S-CAR program on Conflict Analysis and Resolution. Conflict mapping in Eastern and Central Africa remains the primary focus of her academic and research interest, especially as pertains to perceived regional outlier cases and the added value that potentially unexplored and/or omitted variables exposed by comparative case studies may add to the theoretical frameworks employed by policy makers. Alexandra is currently a PhD student at George Mason University’s School of Conflict Analysis and Resolution.