Third Gender and the Third World: Tracing Social and Legal Acceptance of the Transgender Community in Developing Countries
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Kimberly Tower is from Union, New Jersey and is in her final semester of Villanova’s five-year B.A./M.A. Political Science program and a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Her research interests include comparative politics, cultural diplomacy, Islam in Europe, LGBT rights, and women’s rights. For her master’s thesis, Kimberly is studying the socioeconomic integration of minority groups in France through ethnic restaurants on Yelp. She will present her findings at the Rutgers Global Affairs Conference in April 2016. As an undergraduate, Kimberly double majored in Political Science and French & Francophone Studies with a minor in History. After spending a semester abroad at the Université de Paris III: Sorbonne Nouvelle, she interned as a French- and English-language tour guide with the Communautés d’Accueil dans les Sites Artistiques (CASA). This experience first brought her attention to the intersection between food culture and the politics of race. She has also worked with the Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program (TTCSP) at the University of Pennsylvania, translated for the Villanova College of Engineering/Catholic Relief Services Madagascar Sustainable Water Partnership, and served in leadership positions in Le Cercle Français, the Gay-Straight Coalition (now VU Pride), and Global Key. She is eternally grateful to her dog, Josie, who has kept her company for far too many research reports and Excel spreadsheets.