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Lauren Messina

M.S. Candidate

I currently live in Chicago, where I am starting the program as a distance-based student for my first two semesters before moving to New Orleans in 2016.

After graduation from the University of Illinois and I worked abroad in Toulouse, France as an English language teaching assistant for the French Ministry of Education. After returning to the United States I went on to complete a Graduate Certification in Translation and an Online Applied Certificate in Literary Translation, both also from the University of Illinois. For the past four years I have traveled to over forty countries and have been working as a freelance French to English translator. I have honed a translation specialization in development economics and I have done contract work for the World Bank, several private consulting firms in Francophone Africa, and often translate annual reports, workbooks, and project guides for various UN Agencies, GIZ, IFC, Save the Children, USAID, AFD, etc. 

My goal is to become more involved at the ground level in research, social impact assessment and field study. Some of my main interests are tourism development, particularly in the ways that it intersects the lives of women and children (i.e. the effects of development in communities are evidenced by child labor, sexual exploitation and trafficking) and disaster management, especially as it relates to the displacement of children and families in conflict situations and war zones. 

Primary Classification: 
  • B.A., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, International Studies, 2008
    • Concentration in Art History, minor in French 
  • Graduate Certificate in Translation Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2010
  • Online Applied Certificate in Literary Translation, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2011 
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