Bathsheba F. Bryant-Tarpeh
Dr. Bathsheba F. Bryant-Tarpeh is a Mellon/ACLS Public Fellow with the Smithsonian Institution’s Office of International Relations and Global Programs. In this role, she develops programming for the Smithsonian Conservation Commons, an action-oriented network that works across culture, history, art, and science to advance conservation-based solutions in communities worldwide. She contributes directly to the development and implementation of research, outreach, networking and education-related project activities, including serving as a mentor for the Zero Hunger Hub with the Eco Teen Action Network. Taking pressing global and scientific issues, she designs creative avenues to bring them to key audiences in ways that provoke conversation and lead to positive action for the environment within the Commons’ flagship Earth Optimism Initiative. As a social scientist, Dr. Bryant-Tarpeh brings a humanistic perspective to the Smithsonian’s conservation and sustainability research and programming. Her academic focus centers on human rights approaches to sustainable rural development and environmental justice issues in Africa and the African Diaspora. She holds a BA in economics from Spelman College. She earned her MA and PhD in African Studies from Howard University in which she focused on the intersection of Indigenous women’s land and natural resource rights and food and nutrition security in West Africa. During graduate school she was a U.S. Borlaug Global Food Security Fellow (2016-2017), a USAID Feed the Future Leadership Program, which supported her field study in northern Ghana and a Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellow (2017-2018). As she loves spending time in nature, her favorite travel experiences have been visiting the rainforests and waterfalls in Maui, Hawaii and in the Volta Region of Ghana.