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Jessica Anderson

1st-Year MPP

Jessica Anderson comes to The Pearson Institute from Washington, DC, where she has spent the past five years working with not-for-profit organizations engaged in global development. She has contributed to program management and proposal development across a variety of regions and sectors, with a focus on programs related to social cohesion and conflict transformation. 

Anderson holds a Bachelor of Science in foreign service from Georgetown University and studied abroad in Amman, Jordan. She plans to use her time at The Harris School and The Pearson Institute to strengthen her skills in applying analytical methodology to the study of conflict, violence, and efforts to prevent, reduce, and recover from violence. She’s currently interested in questions related to the turning points where violence emerges and increases in scale, and the role that local institutions can play in resilience to violence.

Baidoa, Somalia

Makeshift, temporary shelter made of plastic and clothing at a refugee center in Baidoa, Somalia.