Bonnette Ishimwe specializes on Sub-Saharan Africa, Southern Africa, and the Israeli-Palestine conflict and more specifically on Global Health, International Development and Sustainability, Human Rights and International Law as it relates to these regions. Ishimwe is currently a double major of Politics and French at Whitman College. She has written papers on Pan-Africanism, Post-Colonial Africa, the Israel-Palestine conflict and the threat of non-commutable diseases on developing nations, using Sub-Saharan Africa as case study. Ishimwe is currently spending the Spring 2017 semester in Washington DC as a foreign policy student in American University’s Washington Semester Program, conducting research on emerging markets on the African continent with Dr. Landry Signe at the Woodrow Wilson Center for Scholars. Ishimwe was born in Kigali, Rwanda but grew up in different countries on the continent; Burundi, Kenya, Zambia and South Africa. Ishimwe is fluent in Kinyarwanda, French, English, Kirundi and Swahili.