Tanya A. Garnett-Murcy

Tanya A. Garnett-Murcy
Alumna, PhD, University of Liberia, Monitoring and Evaluation Consultant at Ministry of Gender and Development

Tanya A. Garnett-Murcy obtained a doctorate in International Development from the Tulane University Law School.  Her research interests have focused on gender, peace processes, post-conflict societies, and Africa and the African Diaspora.  Her dissertation comprised the collection and analysis of primary data in rural and urban Liberia and was entitled, Understanding Gender in Liberia’s Post-Conflict Reconstruction Process.

Martin Burt

Martin Burt
Alumni PhD

My name is Martin Burt and I live and work in Paraguay. I guess I would say that I am a social entrepreneur interested in developing social innovations to address chronic problems related to poverty around the world. Although my home is in South America, I moved to New Orleans for the 2013-2014 academic year to work on my PhD from the Payson Center at Tulane University. I travel extensively, since I oversee development programs throughout Latin America and Africa.

Hugo Wood

Hugo Wood
Alumnus, LLM in Development, Government of Panama

Hugo Wood is a Panamanian lawyer who completed an LLM (Master´s of Law) in Law and Development at Tulane University Law School & the Payson Center as a member of the inaugural cohort in 2013/14. In 2014, he became the Executive Assistant to the newly elected Panamanian Vice President Vice President and Minister of Foreign Affairs Isabel Saint Malo de Alvarado.

Kate Melman

Alumna, M.S.

Laura Ospina

Alumna, M.S.

I was born and raised in Bogotá, Colombia where I got my undergraduate degree in Law. After graduating I moved to the Netherlands for a year to pursue an LLM in International Human Rights. In 2009 I returned to Colombia where for the past years  worked as a legal researcher in various national and international research centers, focusing mainly on armed conflict research, reduction of impunity, security sector reform (SSR) and the mitigation on the proliferation of small arms.

Samantha Marrone

Alumna, J.D./M.S., Looper Goodwine

John D Hays

Alumnus, Joint J.D./M.S., ARPC

Hello, my name is John Hays and I am a joint JD/MS (IDEV) 2014 alumnus. I grew up in the Memphis area and studied at Vanderbilt University where I majored in Economics and Spanish. My post-college career took an unusual turn when I made the decision to temporarily move to Argentina and play online poker professionally. Unlike many new graduates with an Economics degree, I was able to directly apply, on a daily basis, Game Theory, Statistics, and Behavioral Economics in my new trade.  What was initially a hobby in college proved to cover my expenses in a post-crisis Argentina.

Kathryn E Cheney

Alumna, M.S.

Originally from Houston, TX, Katie graduated from Penn State University in 2011 with a Bachelor's degree in Anthropology and two minors in Religious Studies and Women's Studies. As a post-grad, Katie started working for an Indigenous development organization called First Peoples Worldwide, located in Fredericksburg, VA.

Ayla Rebecca Reith

Alumna, M.S., Reith Energy and Environmental Development

My undergraduate degree is in biology.  In the Peace Corps in Panama, I was assigned to live with an Indiginous tribe in the jungle and learned a great deal first hand about the interdependence of human and environmental needs.  I now co-own a business called Reith Energy Africa that aims to improve quality of human life and protect the environment through renewable energy development in African.  Payson Center is helping me to develop the skills needed for developing successful and benifical projects in developing countries.    

Sheriff Kora

Sheriff Kora
Alumnus, MS

I am originially from The Gambia, West Africa. I have lived in United States for most of my adult life. My interest in international development had been triggered by my experience living in Africa, and seeing the daily struggles and challenges to livelihoods. My research interests include:

  • ICT4D
  • Politics and Economic Development
  • Administrative Law and Social Justice
  • Urbanization and urban development
  • Migration and population dynamics 
  • Citizens' Security
  • Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction


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