Abigail Higgins is a freelance journalist whose work appears in The Washington Post, Time Magazine, The Guardian, NPR, The Christian Science Monitor, Al Jazeera, The Times of London, The Boston Globe, The Independent, and The Seattle Times. Her writing focuses on global health, women's rights, international development, human rights, and conflict. She's covered the South Sudanese refugee crisis, the 2013 Westgate Mall attacks in Nairobi, al Shabab's attack on Garissa University in 2015, and the civil unrest and failed military coup in the lead-up to Burundi's 2015 election. She was a 2016 International Women's Media Foundation Fellow and a 2016 Uncovering Security: Emerging Threats Fellow with the Thomson Reuters Foundation. She has also worked as a researcher and consultant for The World Bank and various United Nations agencies.

She studied Political Science and African Politics at Bryn Mawr College and speaks fluent Swahili.