Vanessa Watters' research interests center around artistic representation and presentation, Islamic West Africa, and critical development theory. Vanessa recently completed her service as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ghana in the Small Enterprise Development sector. Prior to that, she worked for the American Museum of Natural History in New York, with the AMNH Expeditions Program. She holds a BFA inModern Dance Performance and Theory from TCU in Fort Worth, Texas. She claims "Horned Frog for life."