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 in September 2014 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. An edited volume, co-edited with Michael Dove, which draws together a synthesis of the workshop ﬁndings, entitled “Climate Cultures: Anthropological Perspectives on Climate Change,” will be coming out in the spring of 2015 (Yale University Press). She also published an article in 2013 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 is now an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography and the Environment and Sustainability Program at the University of South Carolina.