Jahia Ifill Knobloch (she/her) has a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and French from the University of Maryland Baltimore County. Before entering the Hertie School, Jahia worked directly supporting youth, women, and unhoused persons in local organisations - My Sister’s Place Women’s Center and the Parks & People Foundation - in her home city of Baltimore. At the Hertie School, Jahia focused on local governance and sustainability. She interned as a researcher on the topic of homelessness with the Hertie School Social Policy Group in Summer 2021. In her second year at Hertie, Jahia studied abroad at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada and explored their offerings on ethical research, regenerative development, and gender mainstreaming in public policy. As an elected Student Government Representative, she advocated for the implementation of a menstrual cup subsidy, an increase in the amount of gender-neutral bathrooms on-campus, and helped establish a prayer room. She works in the belief that climate justice is social justice, and vice versa. Jahia is interested in degrowth and building an equitable ecofeminist future.
Master's thesis title
Held by the Earth: How Can Black & Native Land-Based Activists (LBAs) Find Common Ground?