Nora Cyra graduated from Mount Holyoke College in 2021 with a double major in international relations and Russian and Eurasian studies. While there, she worked as a research assistant, interned for the German Marshall Fund's Alliance for Securing Democracy, and studied in Moscow in 2019. Nora's undergraduate thesis examined the opportunities for confidence-building measures in the unresolved conflicts of the former Soviet Union, and her ongoing research interests include conflict resolution opportunities and experiences in this region. At Harvard, Nora worked as a research assistant and teaching fellow in government.