Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs

Oriana Van Praag

Student Assistant



Oriana is a junior at Brown University concentrating in Development Studies with a focus on Latin America. A native of Caracas, Venezuela she is interested in socioeconomic development, environmental justice, participatory democracy, and social movements. Before coming to Brown, she served as vice-secretary of the Venezuelan International Model UN and academic director of the UWC Costa Rica Model UN. In 2015, Oriana was recognized as a Davis-Mahindra International Scholar for her outstanding performance in academic and extracurricular activities. During her time at Brown, she has served as a staff writer for the Brown Political Review and worked with Signs of Providence, a project against the criminalization of panhandling in Rhode Island. Oriana has also collaborated with a journalist investigating the conditions of Central American asylum seekers in the United States with the support of the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.