Globetrekking101 is edited by Beth Packer.
A PhD student in Sociology at the EHESS in Paris, Beth has spent the greater part of her adult life traveling the world and has lived in India, Senegal, France and California. After receiving her undergraduate degree in History from California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo, Beth moved back to France to pursue graduate studies in Sociology, first at the Université Paris 7 and eventually at the École Des Hautes Études En Sciences Sociales. During her initial years of graduate study, she taught English in public schools to children (1st,2nd,3rd and 4th graders). Her studies brought her to Chennai, India where she conducted ethnographic fieldwork both in Chennai and on the tea plantations of the Western Ghats. She later moved to Dakar, Senegal where she worked with the International NGO Earth Rights Ecovillage Institute. Her current research focus is the cultural politics of women’s soccer in Senegal.
In between all this studying and traveling, Beth fell in love with a charming Frenchman, together they traversed mountains and seas from the English Channel to the Indian Ocean and the Cape of Good Hope. At the moment she lives with her husband in Dakar Senegal, while their bilingual kitten Zambie (named for the wild rapids of the zambezi river in Zambia) is enjoying quality time with the best dog in the world in Folsom, California.