Gender and Women

Below is a listing of Payson People (we refer to ourselves as Paysonites) who specialize in Gender and Women.

Janet M. Lopez

Janet M. Lopez
M.S. Candidate

I am originally from Miami, FL and attended Florida International University, from where I have a B.A. in International Relations and Cultural Anthropology as well as a Certificate in African and African Diaspora Studies. I am currently in Panama with the Panam Field Work Experience as an intern for the United Nations Development Programme Regional Centre for Latin America and the Caribbean.

Izabela Steflja

Professor of Practice, International Development

Monica Carlson

Monica Carlson
Doctoral Student

Monica Carlson is a PhD candidate with Tulane University’s Payson Center for International Development. After spending the past three years working for USAID in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Ms. Carlson became interested in the association between gender-based violence and conflict in the DRC context. Using Demographic Health Survey data released in October 2014, Ms. Carlson’s doctoral research will explore individual and community level factors that place Congolese women at greater risk of experiencing violence.

Rebecca Emel

Rebecca Emel
M.S. Candidate

I am originally from Pennsylvania, and graduated from the University of Delaware in 2012 with a BA in Sociology with a concentration in Law and Society and BA in Women’s Studies with minors in Political Science and Black American Studies. I was fortunate enough to take part in a short internship in Rondebosch, South Africa where I worked in a human right’s law firm writing legal opinions and offering free legal advice through a local clinic. This experience was extremely transformative and has greatly impacted my areas of interest.

Sonita Singh

Sonita Singh
Doctoral Student

Evaluation Specialist currently evaluating international, federal, state and city projects in:

  • Criminal Justice and Correctional Research
  • Child Survival and Early Childhood Development
  • HIV, specific to Prenatal Exposure
  • Co-occurring Disorders (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Illnesses)
  • Health Systems Research in West Africa (Gambia) 

Quantitative and Qualitative Research Development, Logistics, Execution and Analysis

Lauren Messina

M.S. Candidate

I currently live in Chicago, where I am starting the program as a distance-based student for my first two semesters before moving to New Orleans in 2016.

Adelia DeMarsico

Adelia DeMarsico
M.S. Candidate

My name is Adelia and I am a South Florida native.  As an enthusiast for Latin America, I majored in Spanish as an undergraduate at the University of Florida and have spent significant time in Latin America traveling, teaching English, and interning. Before moving to New Orleans to pursue my post graduate degree in International Development, I worked as a middle school Spanish teacher.  Through this experience, my passion for children and education became apparent to me.

Sydney Gray

M.S. Candidate

My passion lies at the intersection of women and water and I spend every minute I can with Mama Maji, a New Orleans-based nonprofit dedicated to using water to empower women.

Hilary Nicole Zainab

Doctoral Student
Hilary Nicole Zainab Ervin is a Management Analyst with the HIV/AIDS Bureau at the Department of Health and Human Resources (HHS), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).  She currently serves as a Board of Director and Operational Coordinator for the Standby Task Force where she provides crisis informatics and mapping services to organizations such as UNOCHA, MSF, NetHope and others responding to complex humanitarian emergencies.

Nathan Morrow

Nathan Morrow
Associate Research Professor

Nathan Morrow has nearly 20 years of international research and work experience with issues of food security, child wellbeing and humanitarian response. He began giving courses at the Payson Center in 2006 and has taught a number of classes over the years for the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine and a regular food security studies Global Development Summer Institute in Italy. He is the primary author and principal investigator for the forthcoming United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization’s Handbook for Emergency Preparedness and Response.

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