4-1Jessica Eise is a writer and researcher who works in academia at Purdue University with an expertise in communication, media, technology and food and agriculture. She recently released Against the Odds: A Path Forward for Rural America, a nonfiction narrative about the environmental tensions surrounding the collapse of many of our rural resource communities. She is also author of The Communication Scarcity in Agriculture (Routledge), which came out in late 2016.

Jessica hosts and produces the Purdue Agricultural Economics Podcasts in which she and her co-host discuss timely and relevant issues in agricultural economics with expert guests from both within and without Purdue University. She is the production editor and periodic contributor to the Purdue Agricultural Economics Report. Jessica recently spearheaded the development of the Purdue College of Agriculture’s initiative The Science of GMOs where, in addition to managing the execution of the project, she interviewed experts across the college. Currently, Jessica is working on several long-term, collaborative projects with faculty members related to food security and environmental challenges.

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Prior to joining Purdue University, Jessica gained extensive international experience, largely in media production, in South America (Chile, Colombia, Guyana), Central America (Nicaragua), the Middle East (Oman, Egypt) and Africa (Namibia, Equatorial Guinea). She also received the Critical Language Scholarship from the US Department of State to study Arabic in Egypt. In addition, she has worked in Washington, DC, as a new media specialist developing social media strategies and producing video content on key policy issues. She has done freelance journalism work, most notably as a reporter at both the 2012 Republican National Convention and Democratic National Convention for LinkTV.

Jessica has her master’s degree from New York University in International Relations and Journalism. During her studies, she interned with the United Nations Development Programme, the Council on Foreign Affairs and the US Department of State. Her thesis was an independently researched and reported review of the legacy of US intervention in Nicaragua in the 1980s.

Jessica received her bachelor’s degree from Saint Louis University in Political Science, International Affairs and Spanish with a minor in Sociology, during which time she studied abroad for two full years in Spain and Chile. As a Presidential Scholar, she received funding to attend the Model Arab League Conference in Cairo, Egypt, for two years running.