Jeanne Firth is a PhD Candidate visiting from the Department of Geography and the Environment at the London School of Economics and Political Science where she is part of the Urbanisation, Planning and Development Research Cluster. Interested in the complex politics of humanitarian aid, Firth focuses her current ethnographic research on elite philanthropic engagement in foodscapes and agri-food systems in New Orleans post-Katrina and the levee failure.

Firth holds a MSc with Highest Honors from the LSE Department of Gender Studies in Gender, Development and Globalization (Best Degree Performance Award) and a BSS in Peace and Conflict Studies, summa cum laude, from Cornell College. Firth was the co-chair of the New Orleans Food Policy Advisory Committee and was adjunct professor in international development at Tulane University. Firth is a recent winner of a Marshall Institute grant award at LSE, and will be teaching at LSE in the fall of 2018.

Firth is currently a Visiting Scholar at the Small Center for Collaborative Design and the Taylor Center for Social Innovation and Design Thinking at Tulane University. Firth worked closely with Small Center and Taylor previously as part of the founding staff team of the Grow Dat Youth Farm where she served as the organization’s first Assistant Director. Firth now continues her work at Grow Dat as a co-facilitator in the VISIONS Inc. model of diversity and inclusion.