Human Rights

Kelly Jones

Kelly Jones, Tulane Payson Center
Alumna, M.S., Fundación Paraguaya

In November 2014, I joined fellow Paysonite, Martin Burt's Fundación Paraguaya as a Project Coordinator where I will be writing grants and managing grant-based projects.  I received my B.A. in Political Science with a concentration in international relations from Tulane University.  As a Payson graduate student, I worked as the Program Coordinator at the Center for Inter-American Policy (CIPR) and Research at Tulane University.

Jessica H. Ports

Jessica Ports
Doctoral Student

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 fiance and their dog (Maya) and cat (Dexter).

Meredith Bambrick

Meredith Bambrick, Tulane Payson Center for International Development LLM in Law & Development
Alumna, LL.M. in Development

Meredith Clare Bambrick, Esq. is a graduate of Tulane University Law School where she earned a J.D. and certificate in international and comparative law (2013) as well as an LLM in Development (2014), the latter for which she was awarded a full tuition scholarship.

Rummanul Ferdous

Rummanul Ferdous
Alumnus, M.S.

Hello everyone, my name is Rummanul Ferdous and I am from Bangladesh. I am an alumnus MS student in International Development at Payson Center, Tulane University. I was an early participant of the Panama Field Work Experience Program.

Margaret Roberts

Margaret Roberts, Payson Center Alumni
Alumna, B.A.

After graduating from Tulane University in 2013 with a B.A. in Economics and International Development, I am spending time in Paraguay with Fundación Paraguaya working in the micro-finance office and at their financially self-sufficient agricultural school for rural entrepreneurs. While living in New Orleans, I worked with Good Work Network, Kiva New Orleans, A’s and Aces, Verti Farms and Sierra Club.

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.

Kayemba Mvula

Kayemba Mvula
Alumnus, M.S.

I am originally from the Democratic Republic of Congo but have lived most of my life in New Orleans. My research interests include human rights, access to justice, and private sector development. Most of my focus is on francophone Africa.  

Micaela Browning

Micaela Browning
Alumna, M.S., Partners In Health

Micaela graduated from the Payson Center in May 2013, and currently works as a Health Financing Project Analyst at Partners In Health, an international health organization committed to improving the health of the poor and marginalized.

Amy Biedermann

Amy Biedermann
Alumna, M.S., AmeriCorps VISTA Tulane Community Partner

Originally from New Braunfels, Texas, Amy Biedermann moved to New Orleans in 2011 to pursue her Master’s degree at Tulane Law School’s Payson Center for International Development where her work and research focused on poverty, inequality, and health policy in East and Central Africa.


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