PopDev Staff

Director, Betsy Hartmann is a Professor of Development Studies at Hampshire College and a longstanding activist in the international women’s health movement. She writes and speaks frequently on the intersection of reproductive rights, population, environment, and security issues. Her books include Reproductive Rights and Wrongs, the co-edited anthology Making Threats: Biofears and Environmental Anxieties, and the recent political thriller Deadly Election. See her website for other publications and information.

Anne Hendrixson, Assistant Director is a reproductive health advocate, writer, and speaker focused on the politics of global health and population. Anne is an alumna of Hampshire College (class of ’91) and has a Masters from the International Development and Social Change Master’s Program at Clark University. As a previous PopDev Coordinator (from 1996 – 2000), she is returning to the program after 12 years. During that time she served as Assistant Director for aids2031 (a project commissioned by UNAIDS to chart a long-term, global response to AIDS) and was a key contributor to recommendations for addressing the underlying social factors of HIV transmission, treatment and prevention. In this role, she co-authored an article advocating for reproductive health and AIDS response models that address social inequality: “From population control to AIDS: Conceptualising and critiquing the global crisis model” with Ellen Foley in Global Public Health.  Previously, Anne was a coordinator of the Committee on Women, Population and the Environment, and a fellow at the Five College Women’s Studies Research Center. Her publications include critiques of population theories that paint young people as threats, including PopDev’s DifferenTakes # 44, “What’s wrong with the Demographic Dividend Concept?” and “Pernicious Peasants and Angry Young Men: The Strategic Demography of Threat” with Betsy Hartmann in the anthology Making Threats: BioFears and Environmental Anxieties.

Martha Pskowski, Division III Political Research Fellow, is a fourth-year student at Hampshire, studying political economy, international development and climate change. Martha coordinates the Political Writing Intern Program. Martha has written for the Center for New Community‘s Race, Migration and the Environment series and was a 2011 PopDev Political Writing intern. She has been involved in student environmental organizing since early high school, and has worked on community development projects in Franklin Co., Mass. the past two years. Martha’s Division III addresses the forest carbon program REDD+ in Chiapas, Mexico from a climate justice perspective.

Senti Sojwal Political Writing Coordinator is a Division III student from New York City concentrating in women and gender studies and creative writing. She has been a PopDev political writing intern for the past two years and writes primarily on issues of reproductive justice, race, and international feminist issues. In her time at Hampshire, Senti has organized with CLPP’s annual From Abortion Rights to Reproductive Justice conference, volunteered with NARAL, interned for local social justice-oriented communications firm Charter 21, and spent a semester in Havana, Cuba, producing a critical paper on women and tourism with Cuban academics. Senti’s Division III is a two part project consisting of an ethnographic study on second generation immigrant women and an accompanying short story compilation.

Political Writing Interns

quinQuin Rich is a first-year student at Hampshire College.  They are interested in the intersection of feminism and the social sciences, particularly psychology, and the attendant implications for social justice.  They maintain a blog at, and live in Saint Louis, MO.


stephStephanie Brown is a working toward receiving her Massachusetts state teaching license for Early Childhood Education. She is interested in global public health primary in developing countries, creating green energy sources, and the attacks on public education. She believes in free abortions on demand, the end of stop n’ frisks, safe food sources, full gender equality, quality access to public education and many more like-minded political positions.


jaimeJaime Hamre is originally from Oregon and is in her final semester at Hampshire. She studies anthropology, Latin American studies, and economics with a focus on the inner workings of the world food system. Her senior thesis, “Resolver: Food Security in Post-Soviet Cuba’s Dual Economy” is the product of two semesters of research in Havana in 2012. She had the honor of presenting some of her findings at the International Anthropology Conference in Havana in November. She is very passionate about social justice issues, particularly those related to race and resource access. She loves speaking romance languages and finds fulfillment in anything that incorporates her passions for language and social justice. In her spare time she enjoys dancing to reguetón, jogging in the woods, and traveling!

photo (2)Seann Stoner was born and raised in the mountains of Colorado and now is in his second year and Division II at Hampshire College. he is studying the relationship between Global Politics, journalism, and media & communications with a focus in Latin America. Seann is interested in how individuals and organizations have used both traditional journalism and new forms of media to critique, aid, defy, and influence global events and how, in turn, individuals and organizations have attempted to influence journalism, media and communications.


valValentina Forte-Hernandez is a second semester Division 1 student at Hampshire College. She works as the communications intern at CLPP where she makes promotional videos, advertisements, works on the website and more. Her primary hobbies are filmmaking and creative writing and all her available works can be found at She is passionate about reproductive justice, particularly in regards to rights for Latinas and Immigrants and Refugees.

lizziephoto (2)Lizzie Michael is in her fourth semester of Division II at Hampshire College concentrating in anthropology, Middle Eastern studies, journalism, and creative writing. She is a passionate advocate for human rights and feminism. Her favorite political blogs are Jezebel and Your Middle East.
Jessa Orluk is from Westfield, MA and currently a third year at Hampshire College. Her concentration is in political ecology, with a particular interest in sustainable economies and social movements. In the past, she has worked with Hampshire College SEARCH to produce the M is for Mobilize conference, and this semester is working to establish a new living learning community on campus using the Transition Town movement as a starting point.

Marcella Felde is a Senior at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, studying public health and psychology. She is interested in understanding the intersections between women’s health, environmental hazards, and indigenous communities. As a teenager she worked on community service projects within the Seri community of El Desemboque. Last year she spent a semester in Manipal, India, studying the links between women’s reproductive health and water quality. Along with traveling, taking classes from the Culture, Health, and Science Five College Certificate program brought her focus to Indigenous peoples. Her current honors thesis research focusses on the psychological and physical health of Inupiat youth in Northwest Alaska.



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