Samantha Lakin is a PhD candidate at the Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Clark University. She holds a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from The Fletcher School, Tufts University, and a B.A., Magna Cum Laude, from Brandeis University.

Lakin was a Fulbright scholar in Switzerland, where she researched the rescue of Jewish children to Switzerland during World War II. She has worked in Rwanda since 2013, researching local perspectives of memory and justice in the aftermath of the 1994 genocide. Lakin currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Fulbright Association, the Board of Trustees for Survivors Fund (SURF), and the Advisory Board of the Genocide Survivors Support Network.

Lakin has also worked for organizations including Aegis Trust and the Kigali Genocide Memorial, Refugee Law Project, Never Again Rwanda, and the U.S. Embassy in Kigali. Lakin has recently been featured on Voice of America-Afrique, and gave a Ted Talk, "Exploring Stories of Genocide and Justice after Conflict" at TEDxFulbrightSantaMonica in September 2015. She is a published author and an active public speaker on social justice issues, including youth empowerment.