Sociology

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.

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.

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).

Kate Melman

Alumna, M.S.

Mario Mancilla

Mario Mancilla
Guest Lecturer

Mario Mancilla was designated as Technical Assistant (Deputy General Coordinator) at the The Secretariat for Environmental Matters (SEM) by the Environmental Affairs Council in Guatemala on March 2008, with the possibility of reappointment. Since his arrival, Mario has been a cornerstone for the analysis of all the submissions that have been filed to date, as well as in the preparation of several Factual Records.

Laura Murphy

Laura Murphy
Associate Professor

Laura Murphy is clinical associate professor in the Department of Global Health Systems and Development at Tulane’s School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine (SPHTM). In 2011, Dr. Murphy was appointed “Carnegie Corporation of New York Professor of Social Entrepreneurship” in the first class of Social Entrepreneurship Professors at Tulane University.

Dauphine Sloan

Dauphine Sloan
Senior Professor of Practice, Graduate Studies Advisor

Dauphine Sloan is Senior Professor of Practice and Graduate Studies Advisor at the Payson Graduate Program in Global Development, Tulane University.  She received her Doctorate in Sociology and Masters in Applied Modern Languages (English/Russian) from the University of Paris, as well as a post-graduate degree (DEA) in Soviet and East European Studies from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris.

Anna Monhartova

Anna Monhartova
Adjunct Assistant Professor

An Adjunct Assistant Professor, Anna Monhartova received a Ph.D. in International Development and a Bachelor of Arts graduating Summa cum laude in Russian and Political Science. Working in Community Outreach for over a decade, Dr. Monhartova is co-founder and President of A’s & Aces, a local nonprofit corporation devoted to providing New Orleans public school children with after-school activities. Dr. Anna Monhartova worked to incorporate service learning into Payson Center Courses.

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