About Anna Levy

Anna Levy researches and teaches on emergency, crisis, and development practice & politics at Fordham & New York Universities. Since founding Jafsadi.works in 2015, an independent consulting collective focused on mapping and advancing structural accountability from community, policy, and movement perspectives, she has worked in areas related to crisis and development politics, the political economy of aid, transparency and accountability, civic and political space, governance ethics, displacement and borders, food and land justice, dissent and whistleblowing, structural inequality, and historical memory with more than 30 partners and collaborators including the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), RFK Human Rights, Movimiento Agroecológico de América Latina y el Caribe (MAELA), the World Health Organization (WHO), the Center for Civic Design, the Oral History Summer School, the Government Accountability Project, Beautiful Rising & Transparency International, among others. She holds a Master's degree focused on political and economic transitions, with emphasis on community and oral history, from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs and is an avid capoeirista. Anna's ongoing work is most influenced by the three regions where she has spent significant time: the Levant, Middle East, Mesoamerica, and the Northeast United States.

Anna Levy researches and teaches on emergency, crisis, and development practice & politics at Fordham & New York Universities. She is the founder and principal of Jafsadi.works, a research collective focused on advancing structural and participatory accountability in non-profit, movement, multilateral, city, and policy strategies. You can follow her @politicoyuntura.

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NBN Episodes hosted by Anna:

Jacob A. C. Remes and Andy Horowitz, "Critical Disaster Studies" (U Pennsylvania Press, 2021)

March 29, 2023

Critical Disaster Studies

Jacob A.C. Remes and Andy Horowitz
Hosted by Anna Levy

This book announces the new, interdisciplinary field of critical disaster studies. Unlike most existing approaches to disaster, critical disaster stud…

Mélissa Mialon, "Big Food & Co" (Thierry Souccar Editions, 2021)

August 26, 2022

Big Food & Co

Mélissa Mialon’s
Hosted by Anna Levy

In the 1960s and 1970s, the exposure of Big Tobacco’s aggressive lobbying and internal efforts to obscure science showcasing the harmful effects of sm…

Nikhil Pal Singh, "Race and America's Long War" (U California Press, 2017)

November 30, 2017

Race and America's Long War

Nikhil Pal Singh
Hosted by Anna Levy

From the export of the Chicago Police Department's interrogation experts to Iraq after 2003, to casual references of the US-Indian Wars by US soldiers…

Patrick Wolfe, "Traces of History: Elementary Structures of Race" (Verso, 2016)

November 7, 2016

Traces of History

Patrick Wolfe
Hosted by Anna Levy

Widely known for his pioneering work in the field of settler colonial studies, Patrick Wolfe advanced the theory that settler colonialism was, "a stru…

Sally Engle Merry, "The Seduction of Quantification: Measuring Human Rights, Gender Violence, and Sex Trafficking" (U Chicago Press, 2016)

November 7, 2016

The Seduction of Quantification

Sally Engle Merry
Hosted by Anna Levy

Quantification is not usually the first thing that comes to mind when hearing or reading about the United Nations High Commission on Human Rights (OHC…

Vanessa Ogle, "The Global Transformation of Time: 1870-1950" (Harvard UP, 2015)

July 13, 2016

The Global Transformation of Time

Vanessa Ogle
Hosted by Anna Levy

From the 1880s onward, Beirut-based calendars and almanacs were in high demand as they packaged at least four different calendars into one, including:…

Ayesha Ramachandran, "Worldmakers: Global Imagining in Early Modern Europe" (U Chicago Press, 2015)

May 11, 2016


Ayesha Ramachandran
Hosted by Anna Levy

At what point does the world end? More importantly, how did this idea of a whole, unified world emerge to begin with? In Worldmakers: Global Imagining…

Linsey McGoey, "No Such Thing as a Free Gift: The Gates Foundation and the Price of Philanthropy" (Verso, 2015)

May 4, 2016

No Such Thing as a Free Gift

Linsey McGoey
Hosted by Anna Levy

In No Such Thing as a Free Gift: The Gates Foundation and the Price of Philanthropy (Verso Books, 2015), Linsey McGoey proposes a new way of discussin…