Mirjam is originally from Switzerland and graduated from Bard College in 2009 with a degree in Foreign Languages & Literature, concentrating on Russian and Eurasian Studies. She currently resides in New York City, where she works at an non-profit that focuses on prison reform. Having grown up in Latin America, Russia, Indonesia, Switzerland and the U.S., she likes to analyze international relations as they relate to the cultural history of a politically integrated region. She enjoys reading books on political philosophy and is interested in learning about the varying judicial systems among democratic nations. If she's not reading the latest news online while procrastinating on something else, she's probably on chowhound.com searching for the newest Southeast Asian restaurants in New York City.