Marina Litvinsky's research interests include the effects of gentrification, social justice, community activism, community-based participatory research and human rights. She received her B.A. in Communication from the University of California, San Diego, after which she spent a year teaching English in rural France. There, Marina became fascinated with the construction of foreign stereotypes and how these are influenced by intercultural communication. She went on to receive her M.A. in Global Communication, with a concentration in European and Eurasian Studies, from The George Washington University. Her Master's thesis, titled "European Union Public Diplomacy: The Need for a New Frame," examines foreign publics' perception of the EU based on its current public diplomacy strategies. During her time in Washington, DC, Marina worked as a correspondent for Inter Press Service, reporting on development, globalization and human rights issues from the perspective of civil society. Her work as a communications professional at several international organizations, including FIAN International in Germany and The Hunger Project in New York, has focused on telling the stories of marginalized people and communities using the human rights framework.