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PDRI Spring 2021 Seminar Series: Jonah Rexer & Christiana Kallon Kelly

The Penn Development Research Initiative (PDRI) will be hosting a Spring 2021 Seminar Series featuring PDRI faculty and students. Ahead of each seminar, we will circulate a paper for discussion.

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Jonah Rexer

Jonah Rexer is a PhD Candidate in the Business Economics and Public Policy department at Wharton. He studies organized crime, conflict, corruption, and multinational investment in resource-rich developing economies.

He has previously worked as a consultant for the Ministry of Finance and the World Bank in Myanmar, and as a researcher for BRAC in Uganda. He has an MPA/ID from the Harvard Kennedy School and a BA in International Relations from Stanford University.

Christiana Kallon Kelly

Christiana Kallon Kelly is a 4th year PhD candidate in the Division of Literacy, Culture, and International Education. Her research interests include education, youth workforce development, gender, and post-conflict reconstruction in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Christiana Kallon Kelly has been awarded numerous grants for her research including the American Association of University Women International Fellowship, Philanthropic Education Organization International Peace Scholarship, the Peace Research Institute of Oslo International Summer School Scholarship, and the Kathryn Davis Peace and Diplomacy Grant. Previously, Kallon Kelly worked as a Research and Development Assistant at the UNESCO Regional Bureau in Dakar, Senegal (2016), Programme Analyst for the United Nations Office for Project Services in Amman, Jordan (2014-2015) and Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Admissions at the College of William & Mary in Virginia (2011-2014).

Kallon Kelly is originally from Sierra Leone and attended K-12 international schools in Pakistan, Kenya, Uganda, and Bangladesh. She holds an MS.Ed. in International Educational Development from the University of Pennsylvania and a B.A. in Sociology from the College of William & Mary.