Joanna Anyanwu '15, MPA/JD '21, of Dallas, Texas, is a Woodrow Wilson School, now known as the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs, graduate with certificates in Gender and Sexuality Studies as well as African Studies. Born in Nigeria, she has lived extensively in West and North Africa as well as in the U.S.
The 2015 Tom A. and Andrea E. Bernstein ’80 Scholar, Anyanwu is proficient in French, is still improving her grasp of Spanish and revived and furthered her knowledge of Arabic in summer 2018 at Rabat Arabic in Morocco. On campus, Anyanwu was a member of the varsity track and field team, an intern at the Princeton Women’s Center, a Community Action coordinator, former co-chair and member of Princeton Against Sex Trafficking and a member of the Pace Council for Civic Values. Anyanwu intends to focus on promoting gender equality in developing countries as a basic right and as a keystone to development. In the summer of 2013, Joanna interned at the Association of Women for Action and Research, Singapore’s leading gender equality advocacy organization, where she headed both the development of a gender and disabilities subcommittee and a research proposal for the project. Joanna's SINSI internship during the summer of 2014 was with the African Development Foundation in Washington, D.C.
Joanna began her fellowship in the policy and strategy section of the Civil Rights Division at the Department of Justice. Her second rotation was at the State Department’s Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations where she worked on CSO’s Africa team. Joanna is pursuing a joint JD-MPA at Harvard Law School and Princeton SPIA and will graduate with her dual degree in spring 2021.