My name is Jessica, and like many other mid-twenties Americans, I am an avid runner, hiker, baker, and reader. Raised in Pennsylvania, Philadelphia will always be the city that lingers in my heart even though I can now claim many cities as temporary homes. I have spent pockets of time in Tokyo, Cheongju, Boston, and Dhaka, and very soon now I call Pune my new home.

I am a current graduate student (on a leave of absence) at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, where I study development economics and NGO management. I am taking the 2014-2015 academic year off to serve as an American India Foundation William J. Clinton Fellow. From September 2014 through June 2015 I will be living in Pune, India and working with the Akanksha Foundation.

This blog is my attempt to record my thoughts and reflections as I live in India. Previously, I kept a short blog while studying in Tokyo, but I did not keep up the effort while teaching in Korea or working with BRAC in Bangladesh. Realizing that I am stunting my own opportunities to understand my world as I move around the globe, I hope to chronicle my musings throughout the coming months. I cannot promise specific themes or topics, but thank you for stopping by!


DISCLAIMER: The content of this website – all of the following ideas and thoughts – are my own and do not reflect any position of the institutions mentioned (including the American India Foundation and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy).


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