Robin Al-haddad

Robin is from Dallas, Texas. She and her husband served together as Peace Corps volunteers in the Republic of South Africa from 2010-2012, where she worked as a Schools and Community Resource Specialist teaching English literacy to rural primary school and secondary high-school kids. Additionally, she taught adult sewing classes in order to strengthen community members' vocational skills and supplement their income; and helped establish a micro enterprise sewing business. Having completed her B.A. degree in Cultural Anthropology and minor in Sociology at Southern Methodist University, she soon became interested in development work. Prior to Peace Corps, she also served as an AmeriCorps*VISTA volunteer as well as worked at two different refugee resettlement agencies in Dallas, Texas advocating for and assisting newly arrived refugees, asylees, and other special immigrants. It is because of her passion for helping others and her interest in learning about other cultures that she has chosen to focus her career on international development and human geography. By pursuing a degree in the Masters of Development Practice program at the University of Arizona, she feels that she can make the greatest impact for social and public policy change. Her interests include human rights, social justice, displaced populations, refugee resettlement, applied anthropology, sustainable development, capacity building, and public policy. Her research interests include participatory development efforts and sustainable development initiatives with a specific emphasis in Africa and the Middle East regions.

Hometown: 

Dallas, TX

College: 

Southern Methodist University

Degree or Program: 

Cultural Anthropology

Practicum partner: 

World Fish

Report: 

Considering the Gendered Nature of Post-Harvest Losses in the Barotse Floodplain, Western Provence Zambia

Alumni Year: 

2017