Mallie Brossett first developed an interest in international politics while living abroad as a child. As the daughter of an Air Force mechanic, she had many opportunities to travel and experience other cultures. This early interest was bolstered by study abroad trips to Japan and the Czech Republic in high school and as an undergraduate. When she was a freshman at Armstrong Atlantic State University, she was inspired by the 2011 protests in Tunisia and Egypt to study democratization and democracy promotion. As a doctoral student at the University of Georgia, Mallie is currently pursuing research into the democracy promotion policies of the European Union in its neighborhood, the United States in Tunisia, and the role of credibility in democracy promotion policy generally. When not pursuing her degree, Mallie volunteers as a poll clerk for the Athens-Clarke County Board of Elections. She enjoys reading detective novels, hand-stitch quilting, and photography.