Hailing from San Diego, California, Megan Marie Bridges is a student of Cultural Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania who aspires to pursue a career that weds her love of research, policy, and writing. She formerly wrote for the Biological Basis of Behavior blog, Brainstorm, and the Penn Government and Politics Association’s online publication, The Spectrum. Aside from her writing endeavors, she is the founder and editor-in-chief of the Anthropology Department’s undergraduate research journal, In Situ.

In Summer 2014, Megan participated in the CDC Undergraduate Public Health Scholars program at the University of Michigan, where she worked as the marketing intern for the Housing Bureau for Seniors. Her summer was followed by a unique study abroad opportunity at the University of Havana in Cuba to study public health and political economy. Upon her return to Penn in Spring 2015, she matriculated into the selective H+U+D City Seminar in which students traveled to Rio de Janeiro to learn about Brazilian cosmopolitan architecture. From May 2015 to January 2016, she took a gap semester to intern with the non-profit organization Nuevas Esperanzas in León, Nicaragua, where she also pursued an independent research project on community tourism. She returned to Nicaragua this past summer to work in small business consulting with Social Entrepreneur Corps.

Join Megan’s professional network on LinkedIn, and discover more of her writing at Academia.edu. Additionally, keep up with her travels by following her Instagram, where she has published photos from trips to Nicaragua, Brazil, and Zanzibar.

Last updated October 2016.