SIPA Faculty-Jessica Alexander

Jessica Alexander

Lecturer of International and Public Affairs (Part-time)

Personal Details

Jessica Alexander is a humanitarian aid professional with nearly 20 years of experience in policy, operations and evaluation. Her career includes global deployments spanning Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East. She has conducted large scale evaluations, assessments and policy research for the UN, Red Cross and various NGOs on a range of humanitarian issues including: child protection, shelter, emergency education, coordination, accountability, disaster risk reduction and humanitarian effectiveness. Jessica is a two-time Fulbright Scholar who received grants to research child soldiers in Sierra Leone in 2006, and disaster risk in Japan in 2019. She holds a Master of Public Health and a Master of International Affairs from Columbia University. She is the Editor of The New Humanitarian's Rethinking Humanitarianism series and teaches topics on humanitarian affairs at numerous global universities. She has authored policy papers and mainstream articles about the humanitarian sector and is the author of “Chasing Chaos: My Decade In and Out of Humanitarian Aid."


  • MPH and MIA, Columbia University