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Marianne Zape

Doctoral Student in Community Research and Action, Department of Human and Organizational Development

Marianne Zape is a doctoral student in the Community Research and Action program in the Department of Human and Organizational Development. Her research is centered around the intersections of migration, health, and education. More specifically, she is interested in how programmatic educational supports across multiple contexts (school, family, community) affect the physical and psychological health outcomes of immigrants and refugees.

Prior to coming to Peabody, Marianne graduated with honors from the University of California, San Diego with a B.A. in International Studies – Political Science and a minor in Education Studies. There, she worked with Dr. Philip Roeder on research related to nationalist movements and secession and with Dr. Luz Chung on an independent study about Pre-K students’ transition and preparation for kindergarten in the context of increased accountability standards. She also served as the Editor in Chief of the student-run Journal of International Affairs, PROSPECT, and as an intern at the International Affairs Office of the U.S. Department of Education. After graduation, Marianne worked as an intern at Asante Africa foundation, a non-profit based in Oakland, CA that administers youth development programs in East Africa. 

Currently, Marianne works with her primary advisor, Dr. Anjali Forber-Pratt on issues of disability identity and development and with Dr. Maury Nation on a study of youth well-being in safety in Nashville schools and neighborhoods. Her other projects include program development and evaluation of a health education curriculum for recently arrived refugees at Siloam Health, and a study on the stressors that affect immigrant youth.