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Gillian Townsend

Research Associate

Phone: (202) 204-3661

Gillian joins the Academy as a Research Associate. She strongly believes in the importance of developing critical policies that create meaningful growth and progress. While attending William and Mary, Gillian had various internships and volunteered with several organizations. During her final semester, she was an inaugural member of The Lemon Project Society. The group was created with the goal of rectifying the wrongs perpetrated against African-Americans by the founder of the College of William & Mary. The group was able to gain support from the larger Williamsburg community as well as other universities.

In the spring of 2019, Gillian was recognized as a top Government Studies graduate for her capstone thesis entitled: How the Rise of Genetic Ancestry Testing has impacted the Creation and Perception of Racial Identity.

She spent a semester of college studying abroad in Suva, Fiji.