Ludmila Puchulu is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Global Governance at the Balsillie School of International Affairs, situated in Waterloo, Ontario. She completed her undergraduate studies at Bennington College in 2021, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Politics and Anthropology, along with a minor in Chinese. During her time as an undergraduate student, Ludmila studied abroad at Southwest Minzu University in Sichuan, China. This experience allowed her to gain insights into Sino-American relations and to explore the challenges faced by China’s ethnic minorities, with a particular focus on Tibet.
Ludmila’s academic journey led her to conduct a thesis on the 1982 Anglo-Argentinian Falkland Islands war and the enduring impact of war remnants, particularly landmines. Her research aimed to understand how the conflict and minefield clearance contributed to the development of a regional identity and settler indigeneity in the Falkland Islands.
Currently, Ludmila’s research interests center on the interplay of security, sovereignty, and nationalism within the framework of international law. By examining these themes, she aims to explore how international legal principles and institutions intersect with and impact the resolution of conflicts and the rights of communities in various regions.
In addition to her academic pursuits, Ludmila has dedicated herself to social justice work. She served as a paralegal at the Volunteer Lawyers Project of the Boston Bar Association, where she assisted individuals facing legal challenges in housing, family, and consumer law. During her undergraduate years, Ludmila interned in roles related to worker’s rights and provided support to refugees through her work with the International Rescue Committee in New Jersey.