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Jeanne recently completed a PhD in Human Geography and Urban Studies in the Department of Geography and the Environment at the London School of Economics and Political Science. She teaches at Tulane University in New Orleans, and is currently leading a research project at Tulane’s Small Center for Collaborative Design. Jeanne was on the founding staff team of the Grow Dat Youth Farm in New Orleans, and served as the organization’s first Assistant Director. She previously served as the Co-Chair of the New Orleans Food Policy Advisory Committee. She holds a MSc with Highest Honors also from the LSE in Gender, Development and Globalization (Best Degree Performance Award), and a B.S.S. in Peace and Conflict Studies from Cornell College.

She frequently works with Jabari Brown as a co-facilitator of anti-oppression trainings in the VISIONS, Inc. model of diversity and inclusion.

Her PhD research, “Feeding the City After the Flood: Foodscape Philanthropy in Post-Katrina New Orleans” is an ethnography of humanitarian interventions in the city’s food systems more than a dozen years after the levee failure. Jeanne studies the emergent philanthropic worlds of chefs: how their charitable institutions are created, practiced and contested, and how their efforts are shaped by an intersectional politics of race, class and gender. She contends that philanthropy, as part of private sector engagement more broadly, is playing an increasingly important role in development and should be considered an essential area of study in the geographies of humanitarian aid and assistance. She was supervised by Sylvia Chant and Austin Zeiderman.

Get in touch with me at:
USA: (1) 913.515.6892
j.k.firth@lse.ac.uk

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