Bianca Navia

US Teaching Assistant

Home Institution
Arizona State University
Political Science
Host Institution
(1) Private Pädagogische Hochschule - Hochschulstiftung Erzdiözese Wien PPH-ED-W, 1210 Vienna
1 October 2022 – 31 May 2023

Born and raised in Houston, Texas, Bianca Navia is the oldest of four sisters in a Cuban-Italian-American family. She credits her early interest in history, politics, and culture to frequent trips to her local library, where she would check out mountains of books.

Bianca is a recent graduate of Arizona State University, earning dual degrees in political science and global studies and minors in German and Italian. Her academic interests include international affairs, migration, gender, Middle Eastern politics, and (counter)terrorism. She is also multilingual, speaking Spanish, German, Italian, and Arabic (Levantine dialect). Bianca’s passion for foreign languages motivated her to teach English. With six years of teaching experience, she has worked with students from around the world, from adult Syrian refugees to Palestinian high-school students.

In her undergraduate and postgraduate career, she has represented her identity as a proud Latina through several prestigious fellowship programs. She is a 2020 alumna of the PPIA Junior Summer Institute Fellowship Program at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan, a 2019–20 Killam fellow to the University of Ottawa in Canada, a two-time Boren Scholar to Amman, Jordan, and a 2021 Dean's Medalist.

In the future, she aspires to earn a Master's and PhD, continue teaching English abroad, work in academia, and conduct research.