Peiyao is a Ph.D. student in Policy Studies at the University of Maryland School of Public Policy. She holds a BA in Economics from Fordham University and a MA in Economics from New York University. Peiyao is completing her dissertation and expects to graduate next year. Peiyao’s dissertation is focused on human trafficking of women and children in southeast Asian countries, the education and health level of victims of human trafficking and education policies for children. Peiyao is very interested in experience beyond the classroom. During her internship she hopes to learn more about how public policy informs public administration and ultimately how policy and administration impact individuals. She will be working with the Academy's Grand Challenges effort.