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Jeanne is PhD Research Student in Human Geography and the Environment in the Department of Geography and the Environment at the London School of Economics and Political Science. She is supervised by Sylvia Chant and Austin Zeiderman within the Urbanisation, Planning and Development (UPD) Research Cluster. She also holds a MSc with Highest Honors from the LSE in Gender, Development and Globalization (Best Degree Performance Award).

Jeanne was on the founding staff team of the Grow Dat Youth Farm in New Orleans, Louisiana, and served as the organization’s first Assistant Director.  She was the Co-Chair of the New Orleans Food Policy Advisory Committee and taught in International Development at Tulane University.  Jeanne is currently a Visiting Scholar at the Small Center for Collaborative Design and the Taylor Center for Social Innovation and Design Thinking at Tulane. She frequently works with Jabari Brown and Kevin Connell as a co-facilitator of anti-oppression trainings in the VISIONS, Inc. model of diversity and inclusion.

Her PhD research is an ethnography of philanthropic foodscape interventions in New Orleans more than a dozen years after Hurricane Katrina and 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. Jeanne 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.

Get in touch with me at:
USA: (1) 913.515.6892
UK: (44) 07761880819
j.k.firth@lse.ac.uk

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