Edita Rigova at Harvard University - Alumni Stories

March 29, 2023

Edita Rigova is an RSP alumna from Slovakia. She is a brilliant and hard-working professional who loves challenges. In the past years, next to working full-time, she has also been pursuing her PhD. Edita is a PhD student at the Institute of Ethnology and Social Anthropology of the Slovak Academy of Sciences in Slovakia.  Her research interest focuses on Romani studies and Roma marginalization. Her PhD project explores the practice of establishing remote vocational schools in areas with Roma population and their impact on Roma inclusion. 

We are proud to learn that Edita embarked on a new journey to enrich her skills:  She is a visiting graduate student at Harvard and the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights. As a visiting graduate student she is mentored by Magda Matache, PhD, co-founder and Director of the Roma Program at the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights, Harvard University.  In the rest of this academic year Edita is aduting classes and working on her PhD while at Harvard.

RGPP was a milestone in Edita's professional and academic journey. After graduating from the RGPP in 2012, she continued her master's studies in Switzerland, and earned her MPA from the University of Lausanne.

Over the years, Edita has built her knowledge and skills about minority rights and equity through diverse opportunities. In the past she has interned with the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) based in Vienna, Austria and with the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights in Warsaw, Poland. Within a fellowship sponsored by the Lantos Foundation, she served as a fellow – Policy Advisor in the United States House of Representatives, in the office of the late Congressman Alcee L. Hastings.

We proudly congratulate Edita on her successes and we wish her wonderful time and fruitful time at Harvard!


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