Vanessa completed her BA with a double major in Modern European Studies and Creative Writing at UBC in 2008.  She was a finalist in the Walrus’ annual fiction contest and her stage work has been produced both in and around Vancouver and Victoria.  She works with One Cool Word, a local arts magazine and tutors English, History and French. Her academic and creative pursuits lead her to extended stays in both France and Russia. Currently she is a first year MA student at the Institute of European Studies and is interested in the study of (contested) histories and identities, migration, language, literature and common foreign and security policies.