Jem received her B.S. in Community Development from the University of the Philippines and an M.A in Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies from the Ohio State University. During her doctoral studies, she hopes to explore a feminist anthropology of sustainability, care, and resilience in maritime Southeast Asia. Her research interests stem from the question of how women in ocean communities thrive in the midst of armed aggression and biodiversity collapse. She is interested in the life and vitality of women in maritime communities whose geographic proximity to sites of crisis lends itself to greater exposure to layers of insecurity. Prior to joining Notre Dame, she worked on gender and women’s rights issues in the Philippines and Southeast Asia. Jem is a Notre Dame Presidential Fellow.