Dr. Kate Jellema


Dr. Jellema started her working life as an anthropologist and Asianist. She earned her Master’s degree from Johns Hopkins with a thesis on Vietnamese boat people in Hong Kong and her PhD in anthropology and history from the University of Michigan with a dissertation on questions of memory, place and power in contemporary Vietnam. She has received fellowships for her research from the MacArthur Foundation, the Social Science Research Foundation and the Woodrow Wilson Foundation amongst others.

Apart from her scholarship she served as the leader of the Marlboro College Graduate School, where she was instrumental in launching the Center for New Leadership, a Vermont center that supports the nonprofit sector. There she also launched a nonprofit management degree program.

Currently she works in the area of refugee rights.