Sylvan Bachhuber, Spring 2019
From Madison Wisconsin, Sylvan Bachhuber is a first year Div II student studying global reproductive heath and justice, anthropology, Spanish and Arabic. Sylvan is a trained doula and interested in incorporating birth work with reproductive advocacy. Last summer she conducted research on organic farming practices and migration at a refugee camp in Mexico and hopes to use this experience to inform her PopDev work. She will be primarily focusing on the future of FP2020, an international family planning organization, and examining the program in the larger context of population control and the environment.
Julia Cameron, Spring 2019
Julia is a Division II student at Hampshire College. Her studies surround the ideas on economic development, migration, refugees, and the informal economy. She has researched some of the economic realities from the Syrian conflict as well as the state-citizen relationship within resource-based economies within the MENA region. Originally from Cape Cod, Massachusetts, Julia’s personal life has often interacted with reproductive justice ideas. Having grown up surrounded by images, magazines, and documentaries, she is very aware of the influence they have on shaping a person’s worldview. She is looking forward to continue researching this representation in the sciences and in media with PopDev.
Aly Albertson, Fall 2018
From Burlington Vermont, Aly Albertson is a DIV III student at Hampshire College. Aly has just returned from a semester studying international perspectives on gender and sexuality in Amsterdam, the Netherlands as well as Morocco. During her travels she also had the opportunity to work for Love Matters NL, an international sexual education organization as a research and content strategist intern. Aly has been working and studying in the field of sexual education, health, rights and justice and adjacent topics such as international relations and politics for most of her educational career. Her other academic interests include domestic politics, drug policy and education as well as the reproductive ramifications of neoliberalism, globalization and capitalism. Her Division III project will focus on the Pathologization of Pleasure and international sexual education. Her work at Popdev will primarily be examining the relationship between philanthrocapitalism and pharmaceutical investment in long acting contraception specifically in international family planning.
Amelia Margolis, Fall 2018
Born and raised in New York City, Amelia is a DIV II student at Hampshire College. Fusing her passion for Asian studies as well as economics, her concentration in Sustainable Development within Southeast Asia aims improve quality of life while respecting the culture of local indigenous communities. Her
previous research experience involves analyzing financial flows between China and the MENA region, as well as fieldwork with rural farming communities in Nepal. She has a special interest in Buddhist societies and their interactions with globalized development initiatives. Amelia is thrilled to be a part of PopDev this semester, and looks forward to exploring the intersections between environment, population, and gender.
Environmental and Reproductive Justice Alumni Fellows
Jessa Mae Orluk, 2014-2015
A native of the Pioneer Valley, Jessa Orluk graduated from Hampshire College in May of 2014. She concentrated in political ecology, taking classes in environmental justice, economic and political theory, geography and climate policy. Outside of class, Jessa found a passion in community work. She aims to combine these two interests with a career in law. Beginning in fall 2015, Jessa started her law school journey at Vermont Law School.
Senti Sojwal, 2013-2014
Originally from New York City, Senti graduated from Hampshire College, where she majored in women and gender studies and creative writing. She has been involved in various reproductive justice organizing, working with NARAL Pro-Choice America in New York and DC. While attending Hampshire College, Senti was a leading student organizer of the Civil Liberties & Public Policy (CLPP) annual conference “From Abortion Rights to Social Justice: Building the Movement for Reproductive Freedom”. She has written as a columnist for Mic on issues of feminism and politics, and her interests include exploring the intersections of race, class, gender, sexuality, and pop culture.
Martha Pskowski, 2012-2013
Martha Pskowski is a 2013 graduate of Hampshire College with concentrations in political ecology and development studies. Martha has researched environmental and immigration issues in Mexico and Central America since 2012, contributing to publications such as CIP’s The Americas Program and Truth Out. Her research as a Fulbright grantee (2014-15) is on the impacts of international climate policy in indigenous communities in Southern Mexico.
Courtney Hooks, 2011-2012
Courtney is a graduate of Hampshire College and is currently studying to become a midwife and womens/trans/queer health nurse. Previously, Courtney directed Justice Now’s prison closure and anti-sterilization abuse campaigns. She helped start a syringe exchange program at HIPS, collaborated with imprisoned activists to create a Hepatitis C & HIV guide, and provided support to people experiencing birth, abortion, and miscarriage through The Doula Project.