Bio

I'm a wife, mother, activist, artist...  I'm also a Geographer and Lecturer of African Studies at Penn State University where I also proudly serve as Project Manager for the National Science Foundation CarbonEARTH program.

Prior to pursuing the PhD in Geography, I earned a Masters of International Affairs from Penn State, a Masters of Science in Biomedical Engineering from Wayne State University and a Bachelors of Science in biology from North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University. I have six years of experience in biomedical research as a research assistant at the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine and lab assistant in Neurobiology and Anatomy at Wake Forest University.

I have traveled and worked in Nigeria, Benin, Kenya, Ethiopia and Djibouti.

As I've detailed above, my educational and research backgrounds are a mix of geography, biological science, international development, and ethnography. Bringing these facets of my education together, I specialize in international development, global commodity chains, vulnerability and sustainability. 

I'm interested in creative, radical, innovative technological solutions that aim to decrease poverty and inequities while enhancing livelihoods in the developing world. 

While there is currently little time for "hobbies," I find balance in life through travel and the creation of various  arts - & social justice - inspired productions with my musically gifted husband, Ronnie Burrage.