Mattea Cumoletti (Greece)

Mattea Cumoletti

Mattea Cumoletti is a graduate student at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, studying human security, conflict resolution, and issues of forced migration. Upon receiving her BA in history and anthropology from the College of the Holy Cross in 2012, she spent a year in Southern Italy as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant, after which she worked at the US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants in Albany, New York. As an advocate for resettled refugees, Mattea engaged in self- sufficiency services, job development and community outreach and integration. Prior to coming to Fletcher, she worked for a New York Medicaid reform project, which directly improved health services and benefits for beneficiaries, including the local refugee population. At Fletcher, Mattea is a Teaching Assistant for undergrad history and sociology, and she serves as a senior Web Editor for Fletcher's online academic journal, as well as Co- Chair of the European Club. After her fellowship, Mattea wrote: "AP gave the chance to work in the heart of one of the most pressing international issues of this generation, and there is no better way to understand the depth and complexities of the refugee crisis than from working with and listening to the people who are going through it."

25 Aug

Final Friday Feature Podcast

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I’ve been home in the States for a couple of weeks now, and I’ve been super busy with a two-week course at Fletcher on Design and Monitoring for Peacebuilding and Development (I only kind of know what that means…). Travel and timing provided good excuses to put off my final podcast and blog, but something […]

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Posted Aug 25, 2016

10 Aug

Athens: Where the Walls Speak

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Before all else, I must inform anyone who reads this and hasn’t already seen it through various other social media channels: IRA GLASS SAID MY NAME ON THIS AMERICAN LIFE. Well, sort of. He called me “Matteo” when issuing a brief thank-you in the credits in the show they did on refugees in Greece—producers and […]

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Posted Aug 10, 2016

31 Jul

Friday Feature Podcast- “We could all one day become refugees”


As I don’t want to give anyone the wrong impression, I have to maintain my reputation for tardiness and post my “Friday” Feature Podcast on a Sunday. Life lesson: never commit yourself to cleverly titled days of the week podcasts on the internet. Regardless of when this is going up, I am truly so privileged […]

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Posted Jul 31, 2016

27 Jul

The White-Coated Ladies

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Ruh-roh, it’s been a long time since my last blog. And I thought I was doing so well keeping up with them! There has been a lot going on here in Athens, and my natural proclivity for avoidance has snuck into my blogigations (blog+obligations=blogigations… or blobligations? You decide). Unfortunately, thinking back on the last week […]

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Posted Jul 27, 2016

10 Jul

The Stories We Tell


Tough. That’s the only word I can come up with right now to describe the past week. I don’t like the word because it seems overwhelmingly negative, but it is all that comes to mind right now. I was putting off blogging for the past few days because I didn’t know what to say. It’s […]

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Posted Jul 10, 2016

02 Jul

Friday Feature Podcast… On a Saturday!

My sincerest apologies for both skipping last Friday’s podcast and for posting this one a day late! But believe me, it’s worth the wait. For this short podcast I had the true pleasure of interviewing one of the most wonderful people that I’ve met in Athens, Eirini, who works for the Greek Forum of Refugees […]

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Posted Jul 02, 2016

30 Jun

When It Rains, It Pours

Last night’s Whatsapp conversation with my sister: Me: “HELP.” Marina: “What????” Me: “Can I post this selfie?” Marina: “No.” Me: “Ok.” *Posts selfie anyway* Here it is folks. Regardless of how unflattering, I wanted to share the aftermath of getting caught in a hail-rain-thunder-lightning-flooding storm on my way home from buying a fan to beat […]

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Posted Jun 30, 2016

23 Jun

Beware of The Feels

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Overshare alert. I’m having a really hard time at the moment. Not in general, I mean right this moment—now, trying to write a blog post alone in my living room at midnight, crying. More like sobbing—racked with heaving, just-read-the-part-where-Dumbledore-dies kind of sobs. I wanted to write about my visits to the camps over the past […]

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Posted Jun 23, 2016

17 Jun

Friday Feature Podcast

I’ve gotten the chance to talk to a lot of refugees and asylum seekers so far in Athens, and I am stoked for the opportunity to help share their stories, but the people I’ve been talking to the most over the past couple of weeks are the incredible people who work at the Greek Forum […]

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Posted Jun 17, 2016

13 Jun

These Are a Few of My Favorite Things

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I got a lot of great feedback on my previous blog post (thanks mom), but also a suggestion that I go for shorter, more frequent posts rather than my typical weekly novella. Point taken (though I am a terrible self-censorer so no promises). So I wanted to pop in a little micro-blog to precede further […]

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Posted Jun 13, 2016

07 Jun

The Wait

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DOOOOOOOOOOOOOOP. DOOOOOOOOOOOOOP. DOOOOOOOOOOOOOOP. You know that sound? No? Think Skype—now do you know it? Maybe you’ve never paid much attention before, because you only hear it briefly while you wait for your grandma to figure out how to accept an incoming call, or while you sweat in a too-tight collar waiting for a video interview […]

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Posted Jun 07, 2016

27 May

Goats, Soaps, and HTML: Pro-Tips for Peace Fellow Prep

Expect the Unexpected This week, twelve eager AP Peace Fellows traveled to DC for training before we ship off to work with community-based organizations across the globe. The services we’re trained on range from story-telling and strategic planning to website-building and fundraising. If someone told me before I came to DC that after a week […]

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Posted May 27, 2016





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