Dena Montague earned a PhD in Political Science from UCLA and a BA from Brown University. She is the co-founder of ÉnergieRich, an international social enterprise establishing durable renewable energy access and food sustainability through local production of innovative technology. Prior to her doctoral studies she was a Research Associate at the World Policy Institute where she analyzed questions concerning the impact of extractive sector management on democracy, development and human rights in Africa. Dr. Montague has conducted research in several African countries including Nigeria, Niger, The Democratic Republic of Congo, Burkina Faso, as well as extensive research in Paris on race, social movements and economic inequality. Her published articles can be found in magazines and journals including, The SAIS Review of International Affairs and Brown Journal of World Affairs. She served as a Postdoctoral Scholar at Duke University, and at UCSB with the Center for Black Studies Research.