Zara holds a B.A. in women's and gender studies, photography, and English from Wesleyan University and an M.A. in International relations and Affairs from Columbia University. She has worked as a consultant and researcher on numerous human and women's rights-related projects, including the Man Up Campaign and various projects under the auspices of Plan International.
- Committee: Yana Rodgers, Joanna Regulska, Beth Hutchsion
- Post-MA Employment/Education: Adolescent Girl Policy and Advocacy Advisor, Plan International, New York, NY
- Thesis/Practicum: Practicum: Bridging Global and Transnational Feminism with UNIFEM