Isabella Sellar Voll holds a BA in International Studies from the University of Saskatchewan. The final semester of her undergraduate career was spent studying in Guatemala and subsequently travelling throughout Central America. Upon completing her BA, Isabella participated in what was then a Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade internship through the Institute for Child Rights and Development (University of Victoria). Through this internship she was placed in a remote palafito community in Venezuela and was seconded to their local community development organization where she offered support for their work, including their programming to preserve their indigenous language from the brink of extinction. These experiences sparked an ongoing interest in Latin American studies which continues to inform much of Isabella’s current research.
Having worked extensively in the non-profit sector all across Canada, Isabella switched gears in 2018 and completed a Master’s in Religion, Culture and Global Justice at Wilfrid Laurier University. Her research primarily focussed on the intersection of genocide, memory, remembrance, and landscape in the Guatemalan context. Looking to the future at the BSIA, Isabella hopes to expand on her previous research with a continued focus on genocide and post-conflict contexts.