August 30, 2017. ASE welcomes new Princeton-in-Africa fellow Anna Bachan! Anna is originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota but has spent the past four years living in New York, Paris and Senegal. Last May, she graduated from New York University with a B.A. in International Development, Politics, and Human Rights.

Anna accepted the fellowship at the African School of Economics for several reasons: “Primarily, I am passionate about expanding and being involved in the research arena for socioeconomic and political development on the continent. I also wanted to work with university students and have the chance to contribute to their academic and professional development. Additionally, I wished to spend more time in Francophone West Africa. My mission at ASE is to have an open mind and learn as much as I can about Benin and about research in development and the political economy.”

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Anna's first impressions after arriving in Benin and ASE are numerous and she is still getting used to many things. She has had a great time at ASE meeting all of the staff and students. So far, she has organized the new Thematic Reading Groups in addition to starting to work on several grant proposals and research projects. She has also joined ASE's Volleyball team (pictured above). Outside of ASE she says, “I have had the chance to experience Cotonou and travel to Ouidah, Grand Popo and Natitingou. I have tried some Beninese dishes (sauce de legumes and aloco are my favorites) and have even started learning to dance salsa”. In general, Anna is enjoying life at ASE and in Benin and “looks forward to what the next year will bring.”