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Jeanne is currently writing Feeding the City After the Flood: Chef Humanitarianism and the ‘New’ New Orleans, an ethnography being published by UNC Press Chapel Hill (2022). This book focuses on elite humanitarian interventions in New Orleans’ food systems, and 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.

BIO: Jeanne holds 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 frequently works with Jabari Brown as a co-facilitator of anti-oppression trainings in the VISIONS, Inc. model of diversity and inclusion. She is on the founding staff team of Grow Dat Youth Farm, a youth food justice organization in New Orleans, and served as the organization’s first Assistant Director.

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To get in touch regarding VISIONS trainings, media requests, research opportunities, potential friendships, etc, please feel free to call or email at:
913.515.6892 (cell)
jeanne.firth@gmail.com