Lauren Chilton is a born and raised Texan. She is currently a graduate student at the George Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University in College Station. She focuses on International Affairs and is studying Russian as a Second Language in Moscow with SRAS at the Higher School of Economics. She is also interning with Transparency International, a non-governmental organization focused on studying corruption in government. In the future, she hopes to work for the federal government or with non-governmental organizations focusing on gender issues or transnational security.