Valentina Ramia is a PhD student in anthropology at Stanford University. She received an MA in anthropology as a Prize Fellow from the New School for Social Research. After receiving her MS in public policy management from The New School of Public Engagement, she worked for the Ecuadorian government to create the Department of Justice and the country’s first public defense system. Her research focuses on the politics of emotions in asylum proceedings, especially on how fear is evaluated in immigration courts. She is also a classically trained pianist. Her broader interests include the anthropology of sentiments; immigration and asylum; the intersection between law and psychiatry; Latin American politics; experimental ethnography; comics and graphic novels; film and music.