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PDRI Spring Seminar Series: Featuring Susanna Berkouwer and Jasmine Blanks

The Penn Development Research Initiative (PDRI) will be hosting a spring seminar series featuring PDRI faculty and students. Ahead of each seminar, we will circulate a paper for discussion.

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Susanna Berkouwer

Dr. Susanna Berkouwer is an Assistant Professor of Business Economics and Public Policy at Wharton, specializing in energy, environment, and development economics. Current research projects include energy efficiency adoption, the economic impacts of power outages, the political economy of infrastructure construction, climate change and electricity consumption, and carbon taxes under credit market failures.

Susanna holds a PhD from UC Berkeley, an MA from Yale University, and a BSc from the University College London. They worked as a Research Fellow at Harvard University’s Evidence for Policy Design prior to graduate school.

Jasmine Blanks

Jasmine L. Blanks Jones is a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Research Scholar and a Dr. William Fontaine Fellow in Africana Studies. As a dual PhD student in Education, Culture and Society, she is also a George and Alice S. Hill Fellow. She is a fellow of Penn’s Center for Experimental Ethnography and the co-Director of the Collective for Advancing Multimodal Research Arts (CAMRA).

She holds a B.S. in Music Education from Florida A&M University and taught public school music for several years. Holding a Master of Public Policy degree from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota, Blanks Jones founded and served as Executive Director for B4 Youth Theatre, a Liberian NGO that grew out of a pilot of her Master’s thesis which was a prospectus on arts education.

Her research interests include global public health, arts education, youth civic engagement, African post-colonialism and diaspora migrations, African American colonialism and antebellum history. Liberia is her primary research site where she engages in Participatory Action Research, Practitioner Inquiry, and critical ethnography. She will be teaching a new MPH course, PUBH 584 Health Messaging in Africa: Public Performance as Community Health Education.