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South Africa & University of the Witwatersrand, 2019

Degree of study:
Masters in Development Studies

Julia Lazar Chaskalson is a student, freelance writer and Johannesburg enthusiast. She completed her Bachelor of Arts with distinction in Economic History and English Literature at the University of Cape Town in 2016, and has worked as a freelance journalist, researcher and communications specialist in Johannesburg since then. She is passionate about education and about how it can transform society, and wants to become a teacher one day. She is also profoundly interested in South Africa’s history. Julia has been working part-time as a historical researcher for an upcoming museum at the Constitutional Court; she is deeply invested in researching this country’s history and how different strands of history – particularly ones voiced by less dominant figures – articulate in our current context. She is currently completing her Honours Degree in Politics and Development Studies at the University of Witwatersrand, with her research focusing on the limitations of the school sexual education curriculum, and more broadly, education’s role in supporting adolescent sexual and reproductive health rights. She will be continuing with similar research in 2019 when she will undertake a Masters in Development Studies at the University of the Witwatersrand. Although mildly allergic to them, Julia is obsessed with Joburg’s jacaranda trees; she loves thunderstorms, dogs and learning languages; and as a hobby is writing a South African themed fantasy novel for young adults.