Drew holds a Master of Arts degree in Anthropology from the University of Notre Dame (2018), a Master of Public Affairs degree from Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) (2016) and a B.A. in Geography and the Environment from the University of Texas at Austin (2009). Prior to beginning his graduate work at SPEA, he served in the United States Marine Corps as an Infantry Officer and Foreign Military Advisor in Afghanistan. During his graduate studies he has led a research project in Zambia, working with smallholder farmers to understand local level perceptions of, and responses to, water scarcity; and a separate project tracking the effects of gold mining on riparian communities in Tonkolili District, Sierra Leone.
Drew is interested in natural and human ecology across in varying sociocultural settings; behavioral change and adaptive capacity under the stress of human-caused environmental change; and the short and long term effects of environmental violence in local ecosystems and the global landscape. Drew investigates this through his ongoing project in Sierra Leone and another project based in North America where he works with the disaster relief INGO Team Rubicon. Drew is a Mullen Family Fellow and a Richard and Peggy Notebaert Premier Fellow.
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