Heather Prentice-Walz

B.A., Anthropology, Reed College, 2011

This is my second year studying cultural anthropology, with an emphasis on applied anthropology, here at NIU. My research focuses on the impact of non-governmental organizations in Haiti. I am currently exploring how the presence of international non-governmental organizations impacts local food systems in southern Haiti, and the ways in which these organizations interface with local communities. I participate in the Anthropology Graduate Student Council, which provides an excellent opportunity to foster collaboration and encourage communication within the department.


  • MA Thesis (in progress): Exploring the Perceived Impacts of NGOs in Zabriko, Haiti
  • Research Assistant (in progress): Research assistant for Dr. Mark Schuller’s NSF CAREER research project, which is studying the long term changes to local socio-cultural institutions that remain following the end of an INGO project.
  • BA Thesis: Fragments: An Engagement with Graffiti in Palestine