Jessica Eise is the Director of Communications in the Department of Agricultural Economics where she oversees and coordinates a comprehensive communication strategy as well as working alongside faculty on research, grants and outreach. She teaches the graduate course Multimedia and Communications in Agricultural Economics. Jessica recently published The Communication Scarcity in Agriculture (Routledge 2017) on the pressing communication challenges confronting the food and agricultural sector.
Within her department, Jessica hosts and produces the Purdue Agricultural Economics Podcasts in which she and her co-host discuss timely and relevant issues in agricultural economics with expert guests from both within and without Purdue University. She is the production editor and periodic contributor to the Purdue Agricultural Economics Report. Jessica recently spearheaded the development of the College of Agriculture's initiative The Science of GMOs where, in addition to managing the execution of the project, she interviewed experts across the college. Currently, Jessica is working on several long-term, collaborative projects with faculty members related to food security and environmental challenges.
Prior to joining Purdue University, Jessica gained extensive international experience, largely in media production, in South America (Chile, Colombia, Guyana), Central America (Nicaragua), the Middle East (Oman, Egypt) and Africa (Namibia, Equatorial Guinea). In addition, she has also worked in Washington, DC, as a new media specialist developing social media strategies and producing video content on key policy issues. In the past, she has done freelance journalism work, most notably as a reporter at both the 2012 Republican National Convention (RNC) and Democratic National Convention (DNC) for LinkTV.
Jessica is particularly interested in the role of technology in society and pressing social, economic and scientific issues that are misunderstood, underrepresented or poorly communicated amongst critical groups of stakeholders. She speaks Spanish (non-native fluent) and basic German and Arabic.