Moussa Lessi Traore

M.S Candidate

My name is Moussa Traoré, and I am originally from Burkina Faso (West Africa). I am a 2014-16 Masters student in Global Development at Tulane University. In college I majored in English as a second language at the University of Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso. Prior to coming to the United States and enrolling in this program, I did several jobs, but mainly worked as a high school English teacher In Burkina. However, my interest in the field of development originated from a brief but enriching experience with the U.S. Peace Corps/Burkina. There I worked as a language and culture facilitator.

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.

Paul T. Winfield

Paul T. Winfield, ABD
Alumnus, PhD & MS, Queer People Of Color Advocacy Association

Paul T. Winfield attempts to personify excellence and to encourage the very best in others.

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.

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.

Haley J Burns

Haley Burns
Alumna, B.S., Fund 17

Originally from Huntsville, Alabama, I am currently an undergraduate senior studying History, International Development, and Urban Studies. After a fellowship with Lend for America in 2012, I founded Fund 17 to empower micro-entrepreneurs in the New Orleans community. I am passionate about research, for-profit models for social change, and human centered design.

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.

Tiffany Martindale

M.S. Candidate

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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