Melissa is the newest addition to the Konnektiv team. She joins us as a student assistant and supports the team with administrative and research tasks, as well as other project related work. She is currently enrolled in the North American Studies Master’s program at the Freie Universität Berlin with a focus on Political Science and Cultural Studies. Besides this, she is taking part in the Hasso-Plattner-Institute’s Design Thinking program. During her Bachelor’s studies in History, English Philology and Educational Sciences, her main fields of interest were social movements and historiographical theories. For her previous job as a Berlin tour guide, she developed a tour that offers a critical examination of German remembrance culture and current political debates. She is active in a social project aiming at refugee empowerment and grew up in Hameln and Orange County, California.