Irene Routté, MSW, is a doctoral student at the University of Michigan in the joint program in Social Work and Socio-Cultural Anthropology. Her research is focused on refugee resettlement, forced migration and displacement. She is particularly interested in how people form relations with their built and natural environments and the effects of these relations on well-being and community resilience. She also is engaged in research at the intersection of race and immigration in the United States. Irene received a BA in Religion and African American Studies from Princeton University, a MTS from Harvard Divinity and her MSW from University of Michigan. Prior to her doctoral studies Irene worked in arts programming and case management with unaccompanied refugee youth and in higher education leadership development programs.