Emily Russell, from St. Clair, Michigan, is pursuing a PhD in political science at the Stanford School of Humanities and Sciences. At the University of Michigan, she received bachelor's degrees in political science and the environment. Emily plans to research state security forces and work toward a just, global transition to human-centered security and peacebuilding. As a Kathryn Davis Projects for Peace fellow, she co-founded Playwriting for Peace in Pristina, Kosovo, which uses applied theatre techniques to prevent security force enlargement. She has also written and staged Hopwood award-winning political plays. Emily was awarded the Beinecke Scholarship for independent research, which included a global examination of disarmament conducted on-site at the UN monitoring body for human rights law in Reykjavik, Iceland, as well as a multi-year project on post-colonial security forces, involving archival data collection in London, England, and fieldwork in Delhi, India. She is an NSF research fellow.