Karen Amethyst Mascariñas

Projects Coordinator, East-West Center in Washington
MascariK [at] EastWestCenter.org
MA in Ethics, Peace, and Global Affairs, School of International Service, American University; BA in Global Studies and Mass Media, California State University San Marcos
Area of Expertise: 

Emerging Technologies; US-Asia Relations; Media Studies

Karen Amethyst Mascariñas is a Projects Coordinator at the East-West Center in Washington. She coordinates data-driven communications across all programs and projects. She is also the principal photographer for the Center.

Karen graduated with a Master's in Ethics, Peace, and Global Affairs from American University's School of International Service where she focused on the wide-ranging ethical implications of emerging technologies on global society. She self-designed her graduate studies concentration to consider how cyber, artificial intelligence, and geoengineering will impact current and future conceptions of human rights narratives. Her interests in the convergence of technology, media, and international relations was inspired by research from her undergraduate studies at California State University San Marcos where she double majored in Global Studies and Mass Media.

Karen has previously worked on digital infrastructure research within ASEAN for the East-West Center in Washington and has analyzed over 1,500 free response survey data for the 2018 SANS Institute Security Awareness Report for the Kogod Cybersecurity Governance Center. As the daughter of a United States Navy Sailor, Karen grew up as a third culture kid and has lived in five countries. She speaks Tagalog and Spanish. Follow her on Twitter: @kmascx.