Elizabeth Martin '14 *18 originally from Lewisville, N.C., graduated magna cum laude from the Woodrow Wilson School with certificates in South Asia Studies and Creative Writing. Her Wilson School senior thesis "Publicly Righting Private Wrongs: Federal Responses to Violence Against Women in India" earned a Dean Hank Dobin Prize in Community-Based Independent Work. Her creative writing thesis "House of Shadows and Light," a collection of stories set in an orphanage in India, earned an award for outstanding work from Princeton's Lewis Center for the Arts.
Lizzie spent nine months in northern India through the Princeton University Bridge Year Program before her freshman year. During that time, she did service work with an organization that provides rehabilitation, education and vocational training to people affected by polio, cerebral palsy or hearing impairment. In the summer of 2011, she returned to India for an internship with a system of orphanages in and around New Delhi. Martin has also worked as a public relations coordinator for an organization that combats human trafficking across the border between India and Nepal and as an intern with a literary agency in New York. Closer to home, she has served on the faculty at the North Carolina Governor’s School.
As the 2014 Frank C. Carlucci ’52 Scholar, her SINSI internship was with the Office of India Affairs, Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs, at the Department of State. Martin's fellowship was with the Department of State as well. She was first at the Democracy, Rights and Labor Bureau and then she moved to the Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation (ISN), which included a stint at the US Embassy in Vienna.
Martin studied French in Quebec before returning to Princeton to finish her MPA in the 2017-2018 academic year.