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Jessica H. Ports

Doctoral Student
Jessica Ports

Jessica is currently a PhD Candidate at the Payson Center, with dissertation research focusing on applications of information & communication technologies (ICTs) for disaster response and humanitarian aid. Research interests include ICTs for international development, the role of technology and social media in humanitarian response operations, leveraging ICTs for disaster resilience, disaster risk reduction in the Caribbean Basin, international humanitarian law, conflict and development. Since fall of 2011 Jessica has taught the IDEV4100: ICT4D course at the Payson Center. Jessica has been involved with the American Red Cross for more than 13 years, during which time she has served as a volunteer coordinator, disaster instructor, hurricane shelter manager, government/EOC liaison, international humanitarian law instructor, international tracing specialist, and health & safety instructor. Jessica lives in New Orleans with her husband and their dog (Maya) and cat (Dexter).


Primary Classification: 
  • B.A., Elon College, History, 2000
  • M.S., Georgia Institute of Technology, History & Sociology of Technology & Science, 2004
  • Certificate in Disaster Resilience Leadership Sciences, Tulane University, 2011
  • M.S., Tulane University Payson Center, International Development, 2012
Academic Experience: 
  • Adjunct Lecturer, Tulane University Payson Center, 2011 - present
Country Experience: 
Costa Rica

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