Nancyrose Houston

MAIS and MPA concurrent degree, 2023
Nancyrose Houston


Nancyrose Houston is a second-year concurrent student in the Master of International Studies and Master of Public Administration programs. Her interests include human rights, immigration policy, environmental justice, and the Global South, with a particular focus on Latin America. Nancyrose is a research assistant with the UW Center for Human Rights’ Immigrant Rights Observatory, collaborating on a project that uses public records to monitor compliance with the Keep Washington Working Act, a Washington state law protecting immigrant rights.

Nancyrose has been passionate about teaching and experiential education since working at a summer camp throughout her high school years. She recently served as a teaching assistant for the undergraduate course “Human Rights in Latin America” and is a licensed secondary school history teacher.

Nancyrose was born and raised in Seattle, received her B.A. in Social Studies from Harvard University in 2015, and lived for two years in Puerto Williams, Chile, the southernmost town in the world, before returning to the Pacific Northwest. Previously, Nancyrose has been an environmental educator in both Chile and Washington state, worked in immigration law, and volunteered with asylum seekers at the U.S. southern border. She is fluent in Spanish and is currently learning Portuguese.

Research Interest

Migration, Human Rights, Latin America & the Caribbean