Molly_ Utter grew up in Seattle, WA and graduated from the University of Washington with a B.A. in Law, Societies and Justice. At the Univer_sity of Washington, she focused on international criminal courts and human rights and participated in a project entitled Voices from the Rwanda Tribunal. The project led her to a peace building workshop in Kigali, Rwanda. These experiences inspired her to pursue a Ph.D. in Political Science, focusing on political violence and transitional justice mechanisms. After completing her undergraduate degree, she worked for three years as the Administrative Assistant to the Founder and Chairman Emeritus at land-rights focused non-profit Landesa. In her free time, Molly enjoys sailing and hiking.