Jessica Eise is an author and Ross Fellow in the Purdue University Brian Lamb School of Communication doctoral program. She blogs regularly here on communication, research and life and has published several books spanning nonfiction and fiction genres. Jessica formerly served as director of communications for Purdue’s Department of Agricultural Economics, new media specialist in DC and international media consultant. She has a master’s in journalism and international relations from New York University and a bachelor’s in political science and Spanish from Saint Louis University. Jessica’s pursuits have carried her across the nation and globe and afforded her opportunities such as interviewing two presidents, reporting on the legacy of US intervention in Nicaragua and writing on the former home to the dodo bird, the island of Mauritius. She speaks fluent Spanish, some German and a smattering of Arabic.