Anna Forringer-Beal has become Michigan's first two-time recipient of the Gates Cambridge Scholarship. The Gates Cambridge Scholarship provides full funding plus a generous living and travel stipend to students from all around the world pursuing post-graduate studies at the University of Cambridge. Anna first received the scholarship in 2016 to pursue an MPhil in Gender Studies with emphasis on international sex trafficking. She will now return to the same department to complete her PhD.
As an undergraduate at U-M, Anna was a double major in Women's Studies and Honors Anthropology. Anna worked for four years as a research assistant with Prof. Jason De Leon's Undocumented Migration Project, including numerous conference presentations and co-authored publications, ultimately completing her Honors thesis on Central American female immigrants. She was a Resident Assistant for the Honors Program, a member of Vice President Royster Harper's Student Advisory Council, and a coordinator/manager for the Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center. In her junior year she was a finalist for the Truman Scholarship and received the Beinecke Scholarship to support her future graduate studies in the social sciences. After graduation Anna worked for Polaris, a human trafficking advocacy group in Washington, DC.
Learn more about Anna's research and advocacy work here.