Anna Jackson

Anna was first interested in pursuing a Master’s in Development Practice because of her long-time passion for human rights and social justice. Her early exposure to migration and borderlands issues in Southern Arizona influenced her decision to work in the criminal justice, immigration defense, and non-profit sectors. Although she is still passionate about migration advocacy, her experience in MDP has opened up more areas of interest. Anna has also traveled extensively to developing countries, so coupled with her commitment for social justice, MDP was a perfect fit.

Anna’s current research is on climate change adaptation and decreasing environmental vulnerability in small-holder farming communities. This past summer, she worked for the International Center for Tropical Agriculture in Kenya analyzing small-holder farmer decision making on land management. She used participatory methodologies designed to be inclusive of research beneficiaries and participants. Anna is also interested in how geographic information systems (GIS) can be used in social science research.

“I believe it is hugely important to understand the causal effects that policy, climate change, governance, and health have on developing and transitional societies. In the future, I hope to continue my understanding of how holistic development frameworks can be used to strengthen resilience for communities in poverty.”

Prior degrees:

BA in Spanish and Sociology, Northern Arizona University 


from Tucson, Arizona

Practicum partner: 

International Center for Tropical Agriculture, Kenya

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