Jessica’s research examines the intersection of water management, agricultural policy, and climate change impacts in the Middle East. Her current project examines how government oﬃcials, scientists, and farmers variously understand the challenge that Egypt faces from climate change, and how these understandings translate into policies for managing the waters of the Nile and agricultural development. This research builds on Jessica’s doctoral research on water politics in Egypt, which is forthcoming as a book, “Cultivating the Nile: The Everyday Politics of Water in Egypt” (Duke University Press).
In the spring of 2012, Jessica organized a workshop on anthropological perspectives on climate change with
Michael Dove, funded by the YCEI and MacMillan Center for International Studies. She is currently working with Michael Dove on a coedited volume, which draws together a synthesis of the workshop ﬁndings, entitled “Climate Cultures: Anthropological Perspectives on Climate Change”. She has an article forthcoming in Nature Climate Change, coauthored with Michael Dove and the workshop participants, which seeks to communicate the value of anthropological insights on climate change to a natural science audience.
Jessica holds a Ph.D. in Sustainable Development from Columbia, a Masters in Environmental Management from Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies and a B.A. in Geography from Oxford University. Jessica’s postdoctoral fellowship with the YCEI came to an end in January 2013, but she will continue to live in New Haven through summer 2013, acting as Coordinator of the YCEI Postdoctoral Fellows and working to complete the manuscript of her coedited volume with Michael Dove.