Ashley Mehra

About me:

I believe building disaster resilience is imperative for the health of humanity and have worked with this aim in mind in a variety of fields. I have volunteered and conducted significant fieldwork in post-crisis refugee shelters, particularly in the Mediterranean, since the start of the European migrant crisis. I have written commentaries on ancient Greek and Roman ‘suppliant dramas’ to reflect on our modern experience from an ancient perspective.

In my professional experience, I work at the intersection of government affairs and the technology startup space where I am helping develop a playbook for our federal response to mitigate the health effects of all-hazards risks. I continue research on post-crisis issues in the shelter or household at the University of Cambridge’s Institute of Criminology where I am working on publishing findings into causes and interventions on domestic violence.

I have enjoyed hosting Salons that draw on my interdisciplinary perspective, including Classical literature by migrant authors often neglected because they wrote from the margins of elite Greco-Roman society and an upcoming summer series on crime through the ages from around the world, including Gong’an fiction from China and neo-noir from the Middle East.