Ashley Fent

Visiting Assistant Professor of Geography

Ashley Fent is a postdoctoral fellow in Geography. She is originally from Washington State, and she holds a PhD in Geography from UCLA and a Master's in Anthropology and Certificate in African Studies from Columbia University. She is a human geographer and political ecologist; her research interests focus on environmental governance and grassroots activism, particularly around resource extraction. Her regional concentration is in West Africa, and she has conducted research in Senegal, Mali, The Gambia, and Guinea-Bissau.

BA, University of Washington; MA, Columbia University; PhD, University of California-Los Angeles
At Vassar since 2018


Ely Hall
Box 80

Research and Academic Interests

political ecology; natural resources; Africa; conservation; feminist and postcolonial theory; environmental governance


AFRS/ENST/GEOG 284 Global Africa
GEOG/INTL 266 Population, Environment and Sustainable Development


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Ashley Fent
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