Dianna Garzón is a Chicago native and senior at Yale University, where she studies Ethics, Politics, and Economics, with a concentration in international political economy and development economics in Latin America. Before transferring to Yale, Dianna attended Wilbur Wright College. She graduated with her Associate of Arts degree with high honors in Political Science and as the Class of 2021 Valedictorian. During her time at community college, she has published political research surrounding technology policy and COVID-19 in collaboration with the U.S. State Department; presented to over a dozen U.S. diplomats on the gender influence on the great power competition; promoted civic engagement as the first Wright Census Fellow; implemented school-wide equity policy changes as President of Wright’s 2020 – 2021 Student Government Association; and closely studied housing discrimination at UIC Law School during her first year of college. Additionally, Dianna published her essay “Judicial Injustice in Elizabethan and Jacobean Theatre” in the Great Books Symposium Journal on the intersections of Elizabethan and Jacobean literature and disparities in 16th-century English court systems.
Now at Yale, Dianna continues to nurture her curiosity for comparative politics, economics, and international law in her role as an Undergraduate Fellow for the Yale MacMillan Center’s Council on Latin American and Iberian Studies and working as a research assistant at Yale Law School, the Yale Policy Institute, and the Yale Institution for Social and Policy Studies. Her projects cover a range of disciplines, from researching international law and human rights violations, and the impacts of Chinese influence on financial technology in the Indo-Pacific region, to inquiring about the role of race on judicial decision-making in criminal trial courts.
After graduating in December 2023, Dianna plans to conduct economic research on international development before beginning a J.D/Ph.D. program that concentrates on international law and political economy. Dianna will be researching economic analysis of court systems with William H.J. Hubbard this summer.