Our Team

Katrina Burgess, Ph.D.
Director, Henry J. Leir Institute
Associate Professor of Political Economy

Office: Cabot 603B
Email: katrina.burgess@tufts.edu
Katrina Burgess is Director of the Henry J. Leir Institute and Associate Professor of Political Economy at the Fletcher School at Tufts University. She is the author of Courting Migrants: How States Make Diasporas and Diasporas Make States and Writer and Producer of Waylaid in Tijuana, a documentary about Haitian and Central American migrants whose journeys to the United States are disrupted by shifts in U.S. policy. She has also published on labor politics, remittances, migration, and voting from abroad. She previously taught at Brown University, Syracuse University, UCLA, and the Autonomous Technological Institute of Mexico (ITAM) and received her PhD in Politics from Princeton University.
Jacob Ewing

Project Manager
Office: Cabot 603
Email: jacob.ewing@tufts.edu

Jacob Ewing is the Leir Institute’s project manager, overseeing daily operations, communications, events, and fundraising and development efforts. He received his MALD from the Fletcher School in May 2022, studying migration and LGBTI issues and serving as a research assistant with the Refugees in Towns project. For his capstone practicum, he aided Afghan Fletcher families and international coalition partners with evacuation and seeking U.S. legal status in the wake of the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan. Previously, he supported the Obama Foundation’s global programmatic and development efforts as analyst to the CEO. He is a proud alumnus of the University of Kentucky.
Jen Fry

MALD Candidate
Research Assistant
Jen Frye is a second-year MALD candidate at The Fletcher School. At Fletcher, they study conflict resolution and gender and intersectional analysis, focusing on critical and decolonial theory and how identity influences conflict. Jen supports Leir's research and projects through strategic communications and branding. Prior to joining Leir, they worked with Convergence Center for Policy Resolution. Jen holds a B.A. in Spanish Cultural Studies from Tufts University.
Sakshi Chandra

MALD Candidate
Research Assistant
Sakshi Chandra, a human rights lawyer from India, is a second year MALD Candidate at The Fletcher School. Prior to Fletcher, Sakshi worked with Delhi Commission for Women, The Ministry of External Affairs, and Aangan Trust, a child rights organization. Most recently, she spent her summer working with United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism.