Molly Dektar, a summa cum laude graduate of Harvard University and a Senior 48 member of Phi Beta Kappa, concentrated in English with a secondary field in Visual and Environmental Studies. She received a Henry Russell Shaw yearlong fellowship for purposeful travel, which she used to travel to Norway to interview farmers about their experiences with climate change. After college, she attended Brooklyn College's fiction MFA program, and her first novel, The Ash Family, will be published by Simon & Schuster in 2019.
At JFI, Molly has focused on exploratory research into new topics of inquiry. She led the creation of a weekly newsletter which both recommends readings from around the web and captures the latest conversations and advancements from within the Institute. Molly's topic-specific research has focused geoengineering and knowledge formation in the 20th century.