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Susie Dudis

Doctoral Student, Research Assistant

Susie Dudis grew up working on her parents’ Christmas tree farm on the Eastern Shore of Maryland.  She graduated from Pomona College in 2001 with a BA in Economics.  She spent a few years teaching English in Korea and Costa Rica.  Upon completing the Payson MS program in 2007, Susie began working for Junior Achievement of Greater New Orleans, the local branch of an international non-profit dedicated to teaching children financial literacy, entrepreneurship, and life skills.  At JA, she directed the organization’s education programs in schools and afterschool programs in 12 southeastern Louisiana parishes.  Susie left JA in 2010 to become Education Manager for the Akanksha Foundation in Pune, India.  She oversaw all operations – including curriculum development, staffing, professional development, and evaluation of Akanksha’s 23 before and afterschool education centers.  Susie began the Payson PhD program in the fall of 2012 and is currently working on her dissertation research on educational attainment in rural Ghana.  At Payson, Susie works as a research assistant for Dr. Elke de Buhr on a US Department of Labor funded project investigating worst forms of child labor (WFCL) in the cocoa industry in West Africa.  She has also been a volunteer reading tutor for three years for STAIR (Start the Adventure in Reading) New Orleans.

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Secondary Classification: 
  • B.A., Pomona College, Economics, 2001
  • M.S., Tulane University, International Development, 2007
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Country Experience: 
Costa Rica
South Korea

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