Desiree Evans is a Fellow of the Institute for Southern Studies and an Editorial Associate of the Institute's magazine, Southern Exposure. She joined the Institute in 2007 as a Research Associate and regular contributor to the Institute's online magazine, Facing South. She is the author of the Institute report The South at War (2005) and co-author of Faith in the Gulf: Lessons from the Religious Response to Katrina (2007). She is a former policy associate at TransAfrica Forum, where she covered issues impacting the African world. Her writing has also appeared in Alternet, The Chicago Reporter, In These Times, The Indianapolis Star, and other publications. She holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from Northwestern University and a master's degree in international affairs from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs.