Ana completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Bath in 2012 before being awarded a full bursary to undertake a Masters at Birmingham. In 2014, Ana was a summer intern at NATO (Brussels) in the WMD Non-Proliferation Centre. In 2016, she was a researcher in the Strategic Planning Unit in the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA) in New York where she focused on nuclear-related research tasks.
Before joining POLSIS and the Institute for Conflict, Cooperation, and Security (ICCS) in September 2014, Ana was the research assistant on the ‘Challenges to Trust-Building in Nuclear Worlds’ project for Prof. Nicholas Wheeler. Her Masters dissertation traced the development of empathy between John F. Kennedy, President of the United States, and his Soviet counterpart Nikita S. Khrushchev during the thirteen days of the Cuban missile crisis. In December 2013, her first Masters dissertation was awarded the Joshua Beeby Prize for the highest dissertation mark in the Department of Political Science and International Studies, Graduate School, at Birmingham.
For her doctoral research, she was awarded a 1+3 studentship by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).