GSPP Room 105
Copies of the book will be available for sale at the event through the local bookstore Mrs. Dalloway’s.
About the Book
Jessica Alexander’s recent memoir Chasing Chaos: My Decade In and Out of Humanitarian Affairs discusses her experience in the humanitarian aid industry. She chronicles her work in Rwanda, Sudan, tsunami affected Sri Lanka and Indonesia, Sierra Leone and Haiti.
Disillusioned with her marketing job after college, Alexander dove into the humanitarian aid community, hoping to find a sense of purpose that the corporate world could not offer. She arrived in Rwanda in the aftermath of the 1994 genocide as an eager intern, ready to contribute, but unsure of what to expect. This honest and compelling memoir introduces readers to the realities of life as an aid worker.
About the Author
Over the past 12 years, Jessica Alexander has worked in humanitarian operations across for the United Nations and various NGOs. She has responded to crises in Rwanda, Darfur, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Myanmar, South Sudan, Pakistan, Haiti and the Horn of Africa. Alexander is a Fulbright Scholar who received the award to research child soldiers in Sierra Leone in 2006. Her research there was used as expert evidence in the case against Charles Taylor, former President of Liberia.
Alexander is an Adjunct Professor at Columbia's Mailman School of Public Health, New York University’s Wagner School of Public Service, and the Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs at Fordham University. She received a Masters of Public Health and Master of International Affairs from Columbia University in 2005. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, focusing her research on accountability in humanitarian action.
She currently lives in Brooklyn, NY and works for the United Nations.