Kristina Mastelica completed her Bachelor of Arts in Joint Honours Political Science and History Co-op at the University of Waterloo in 2018. Throughout her undergraduate degree, Kristina specialized in International Relations, focusing largely on how war, conflict and international politics affect societies in post-socialist states. Her research looked closely at how elements of International Relations theory affected regime collapses, international responses to civil wars and ethnic conflict, and states’ attempts at post-conflict reconstruction.
Kristina has had several co-op placements with the Government of Canada, primarily at the Department of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). She began her duties as a Program Integrity and Risk Assessment Analyst in Ottawa, and later was hired by the Department through the Federal Student Work Experience Program (FSWEP) as a Data Analyst and Operations Assistant. Kristina works with senior immigration and citizenship officials in developing target management initiatives and standardized operating procedures for the operations sector dealing with in-land processing.
Looking forward, Kristina plans to focus her research at the Balsillie School of International Affairs on policy issues regarding irregular migrants displaced due to ethnic, religious and social conflict. Specifically, she is interested in how international actors respond to migrant crises while ensuring citizen protection. Kristina’s personal experiences from immigrating to Canada from the war-torn former Yugoslavia, as well as interpersonal interactions with refugee claimants at IRCC have contributed to developing a deep desire to understand migration policy on an international level.