Davina P. Durgana, PhD

Davina is an assistant professor at SIT Graduate Institute in Washington, D.C. where she served as the faculty lead for the Inclusive Security Certificate Program. She was named the 2016 Statistical Advocate of the Year by the American Statistical Association and as a Forbes Top 30 Under 30 in Science for 2017 for her work on statistical modeling, human security theory, and modern slavery. She focuses on applying analytical models to understanding vulnerability, risk, and prevalence on the issue of human trafficking domestically and internationally. She is a report author and statistician on the Global Slavery Index of the Walk Free Foundation. Her current work focuses on constructing modern slavery models and profiling vulnerability to this crime in the United States and around the world.

In June 2013, Davina was selected as a Google Fellow for Technology and Social Change for her work in Human Trafficking and Technology. She was also awarded with the 2013 Trafficking in America Task Force Award for Service for her contributions to the Anti-Trafficking Field in the United States, and in 2015 she received the University Award for Outstanding Scholarship at the Graduate Level from American University, where she received her PhD in International Relations with Distinction. She received her masters degrees in Paris while studying human trafficking at the Sorbonne and the American University of Paris, and her bachelor’s degree at George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs.


  • PhD, American University
  • MA, Sorbonne
  • MA, American University of Paris
  • BA, George Washington University
Davina P. Durgana, PhD

SIT Graduate Institute

Assistant Professor

MA in Sustainable Development

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