|Degree||Ph.D, Applied Economics and Management|
|Areas of Interest||Economics of Development and Public Policy Analysis|
Joanna Upton is a PhD student in the department of Applied Economics and Management at Cornell, with areas of concentration in Economics of Development and Public Policy Analysis. Her research currently focuses on food security and food policy in sub-Saharan Africa. She seeks to improve our understanding of the impacts (on individuals, households, and communities) of different modalities of food assistance, while her broader research program investigates how development and humanitarian policy interact with and influence food security and food markets (see her website for further detail on her research, field work, and teaching).
Joanna holds a B.A. in Linguistics and French from Boston University and a M.A. in Law and Diplomacy from The Fletcher School. West Africa and Niger in particular are not only central to her research interests but very close to her heart. She speaks French and Hausa and lived in Niger for four years, where she worked for a small non-profit running health and education programs with the nomadic Touareg.
When she's not either somewhere in Africa or at the library, Joanna spends her time enjoying the company of her family (and charming cat), swimming in Ithaca's lakes and gorges, educating herself about local food and wine, playing or watching basketball, and playing the piano.