Jessica is a doctoral student in the Department of Geography at the University of Colorado Boulder, and specializes in development studies, political ecology, cultural geography, and critical geopolitics. Her dissertation explores the relationships between economic development, cultural politics and environmental change through Chinese infrastructure development in Asia. She earned her masters in Development Practice at UC Berkeley, and BAs in Political Science and International Studies from Pepperdine University. Her regional expertise is in China, Tibet and the Indian and Nepali Himalaya, and her master's work was on post-disaster agroecological transition in Nepal. Over the past decade, she has lived in the US, UK, China, Tibet, Nepal, South Africa and India, working with research institutions, NGOs, and in the private sector (interspersed with long journeys by foot, bicycle and motorcycle). She has conducted research on development, disasters, agrarian change, public health and rural livelihoods. Jessica is further enamored by the art of storytelling and aims to share research via activist and visual avenues.