ABOUT SHANNON

Shannon is the Director of Community and Global Engagement at the Hive, overseeing programs ranging from global design for social change to Environmental Analysis at Pomona College. 

 

Since earning her Ph.D. and M.A. in anthropology from Stanford University and a B.A. in Anthropology and International Studies from the University of North Carolina, she has led research and applied conservation and public health teams in Africa, the South Pacific, and Southeast Asia via the Wildlife Conservation Society, San Diego Zoo, World Wildlife Fund, Stanford University, USAID, University of Wisconsin and, most recently, The Claremont Colleges. She loves eating the divine street food in Hanoi, exploring gorgeous countryside and coast on a bike or in the water, and learning about medicinal plants and holistic healing. 

Shannon is the Director of Community and Global Engagement at the Hive           

She guides teams in equity-based human centered design and systems innovation to craft inclusive, culturally appropriate behavior change approaches for health and environmental issues across the globe. She also directs communications, programming, and team building at the Hive and is a visiting professor in the Environmental Analysis program at Pomona College. 

 

Since earning her Ph.D. in Anthropology from Stanford University and a B.A. in Anthropology and International Studies from the University of North Carolina, she led research and applied conservation and public health teams in Africa, the South Pacific, and Southeast Asia. She loves hearing deep and inspiring stories, eating the divine street food, exploring gorgeous countryside and coast by land and sea, and learning about medicinal plants and holistic healing. 

PAST PARTNERS INCLUDE

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CURRICULUM VITAE

 

SUMMARY

Anthropologist, environmental social scientist, and human-centered designer with 15 years experience leading projects in applied qualitative and quantitative research and human-centered design to address conservation, public health and communications issues in Africa, South Pacific and North America. Available for consulting on using human-centered design and ethnography to design human-centered environmental and public health behavior change globally.

EDUCATION

Ph.D., Anthropology

Stanford University

2008-2016

Honors

US Student Fulbright Grant

Morrison Institute for Population and Resource Studies Grant, Stanford University

O'Bie Shultz Dissertation Completion Grant, Stanford University

Marylin Yalom Research Research Fund, Stanford University

Graduate Research Opportunities Grant, Stanford School of Humanities and Sciences

National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Dissertation Improvement Grant

NSF Field School Program, Zambia

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program, Honorable Mention

M.A., Anthropological Sciences

Stanford University

2005-2011

B.A., Anthropology, International Studies, Fine Arts

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

1998-2001

Swahili Culture and Ecology Program, Kenya

School for International Training

2000

EXPERIENCE

Associate Director

Pomona College, Claremont, CA

The Hive

2017-Present

Postdoctoral Associate and Human-Centered Design Coach

San Diego Zoo Global

San Diego, CA

2016-2017

Human-Centered Design Conservation Project Manager

National Geographic

Uganda

2015-2016

User-Experience Design Coach

Independent Consultant

San Diego, CA

2012-2016

Notable Clients

Bay Area Tropical Forest Network

Civic Innovation Lab

DefCult

Island Conservation

Google

Stanford University d.school

Stanford University Hospitals

Stanford University School of Education

The Focal Point

Senior Social Scientist

Wildlife Conservation Society

Papua New Guinea

2013-2014

Graduate Teaching Assistant

Stanford University

San Francisco Bay Area, CA

2006-2013

Classes

Environmental Change and Emerging Infectious Disease

Human-Centered Design for Conservation

Methods and Evidence in Anthropology

Sex and Gender in Anthropology

Social Anthropological Theory

Doctoral Research Scientist

Stanford University and University of Yaoundé

Yaoundé, Cameroon

2008-2010

Human-Centered Design Facilitator

Stanford University d.school

San Francisco Bay Area, CA

2011-2012

Lead Project Coordinator

International Union for Conservation of Nature

Climate Action Reserve

Cameroon and Los Angeles, CA

2015-2016

Social Science Consultant

World Wildlife Fund - UK

Cameroon

2009-2010

Urban Planner

CGL Companies

Washington, D.C.

2008-2010

Peace Corps Volunteer

Peace Corps

Bamendjo, Cameroon

2001-2003

LANGUAGE FLUENCY

English

French

Tok Pisin