Elke Jahns-Harms

Lecturer in Human Security

  • PhD, The Fletcher School, Tufts University


Elke Jahns-Harms, Lecturer in Human Security, has worked in Central and South America, East Africa, and Antarctica, on projects related to financial inclusion, sustainable agriculture, climate change, HIV/AIDS, women’s rights, and environmental education. She is a Senior Fellow on Fletcher’s Council of Emerging Market Enterprises, and previously worked with Catholic Relief Services, the Peace Corps, and WorldTeach. Her research examines the role of savings groups in helping poor rural households cope with shocks. A lifelong musician, she is also interested how the arts can promote social justice, development and peacebuilding. She holds a PhD from Fletcher, a Master of Public Affairs, a Master of Music, and a BA in Geology and Environmental Science.

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