Jessica is a doctoral candidate in Geography at CU Boulder, and specializes in development studies, political ecology, and infrastructure studies. Her dissertation explores the relationships between economic development, cultural politics and environmental change through Chinese infrastructure development in Laos. She earned her masters in Development Practice at UC Berkeley. Her regional expertise is in China, Tibet and the Indian and Nepali Himalaya, and her master's work was on post-disaster resilience and agricultural transition in Nepal. 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), and 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.
PARTIAL Curriculum VItae
DiCarlo, J., K. Epstein, R. Marsh, I.E. Måren. 2018. Post-disaster agricultural transition in Nepal. AMBIO, 1-12.
Epstein, K., J. DiCarlo, R. Marsh, B. Adhikari, D. Paudel, I. Ray, and I.E. Måren. 2018. Adaptation and Recovery after the 2015 Nepal Earthquakes: A Smallholder Household Perspective. Ecology and Society 23(1): 29.
Epstein, K., J. DiCarlo, R. Marsh, I. Ray, and I. Måren. 2017. Post-disaster coping strategies of smallholder farmers in Nepal. Case Studies in the Environment. UC Berkeley Press.
DiCarlo, J., S. Gopakumar, S. Krishnan and P.K. Dhillan. 2016. Adoption of Information and Communication Technologies for Early Detection of Breast and Cervical Cancers in Low- and Middle-Income Countries. Journal of Global Oncology 2(4): 222-234.
Graduate Researcher, UC Berkeley, 2015 – 2017
Global Development Fellow, Research Triangle Institute International, India, 2015
Coordinator, Broad Residency in Urban Education, 2014
Program Director, Eastern Tibet Training Institute, Gyelthang, Kham Tibet, 2012-2013
Princeton in Asia Fellow, Dalian University of Technology, China, 2009-2010
University of Colorado Boulder
International Development, 2018
Political Ecology, 2018
Geography of China, 2017
Global Public Health, 2016-2018
University of California Berkeley
Food and the Environment, 2016, 2015
Global Poverty and Practice, 2015
Worldings: Regions, Peoples, and States, 2014
GRANTS & AWARDS
Solstice Graduate Research Award, 2018
United Government for Graduate Students, Teaching Excellence Award, CU Boulder, 2018
China and Inner Asia Council Research Travel Grant, Association for Asian Studies, 2018
Field Study Award, Cultural and Political Ecology (CAPE) Specialty Group, American Association of Geographers, 2018
Gary Gaile Travel Award, Development Geographies Specialty Group (DGSG), American Association of Geographers, 2018
Department of Geography Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching, CU Boulder, 2018
Jennifer Dinaburg Memorial Research Scholarship, CU Boulder, 2017
Firebird Foundation for Anthropological Research, Fellowship for the Documentation of Oral Literature and Traditional Ecological Knowledge, 2017
Mountain Geographies Specialty Group (MGSG) Mauna Kea Presentation Award, American Association of Geographers, 2017
United Government of Graduate Students Travel Grant, CU Boulder, 2017
Center to Advance Research and Teaching in the Social Sciences Award, CU Boulder, 2016
American Alpine Club Kellogg-Fisher Conservation Grant, 2016
Social Science Matrix Team Grant, UC Berkeley, 2016
Peder Sather Grant, UC Berkeley, under Dr. Inger Maren, University of Bergen, 2016
UC Berkeley Global Health Ambassador, 2016
USAID Research and Innovations Grant, Global Development Fellow 2015
College of Natural Resources Departmental Grant, UC Berkeley, 2014-2016
Sigma Iota Rho Honor Society, 2008