Jessie Lu is an incoming second-year PhD student interested in the intersection of space, climate change, and inequality. Prior to Columbia, she was a research assistant at the Harvard Kennedy School, where she worked with country governments to identify and address constraints to economic growth, and the Center for Global Development, where she analyzed global health policy. She has served as a consultant for the United Nations’ International Fund for Agricultural Development and has conducted fieldwork in Bududa, Uganda.
Jessie is an NSF Graduate Research Fellow and holds a BA in Anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, exploring urban areas, and eating.