MCRP 2020 Candidate
Specialization: Land Use and Environmental Planning
Hometown: Greenville, SC
Anna Jane’s path to Carolina Planning has been a nonlinear journey. She began her undergraduate career with an interest in climate change and a conviction that it was best studied through environmental science. However, coursework in art and architectural history shaped her view of human-environment interactions, their influence on cultural production, and their implications for a sustainable future. Her undergraduate thesis on post-Hurricane Katrina housing focused her studies on the disaster context.
Her desire to understand the cultural and socioeconomic dimensions of risk, equity, and resiliency pushed her to pursue a graduate degree at Carolina Planning. Few programs offered the quality and breadth of faculty members dedicated to questions of resiliency, and the institutional connection to the Coastal Resilience Center presented opportunities unavailable elsewhere.
In 2018 Anna Jane will complete research in Ecuador under the Fulbright program. She will study the response and recovery efforts of their 2016 earthquake and how these efforts were shaped by existing transportation and supply chain networks. Her foundational semester at Carolina Planning and research assistantship under Dr. Mai Nguyen have provided her with a strong base for her research abroad, and her peers and coursework continue to shape her ideas about potential paths after graduation.