Saving for Change meeting with Oxfam America partners and Amelia Duffy-Tumasz (2006)
Meeting with Oxfam America partners in Kédougou (2006)

My service engagements have included conducting research to inform ultimately successful advocacy efforts in support of informal settlement residents who were displaced by shack fires outside of Cape Town (2008-9); writing a background paper on enhancing aid effectiveness for ActionAid UK (2008); and executing an ethnographic study to shape the implementation of Oxfam America’s Saving for Change project in southeastern Senegal (2006-7). I also act as a Penn alumni ambassador by interviewing applicants to help the undergraduate admissions committee gain a fuller picture of each student.

Within the academy, I have served as Community Builder of the Graduate Student Affinity Group of the Association of American Geographers (AAG, 2014-16); Student Representative of the Africa Specialty Group of the AAG (2011-14); and Student Representative of the 2008 cohort of the MSc Development Studies program at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. I contribute to the intellectual rigor of my field by conducting peer review for the World Development and Food and Foodways journals.