Ash Enrici is an assistant professor at the Lilly School of Philanthropy and a McKinney Family Fellow of Environmental Resilience and Philanthropy. Her current research project investigates how private foundations affect marine conservation.

She has conducted research in contexts such as Indonesia, Fiji, Palau, and the mid-Atlantic of the United States. Using a political ecology lens, her work has included topics of environmental justice, ecosystem-based management, and payment for ecosystem services. She uses collaborative methods of knowledge co-production, ethnography, and Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA).

In her free time Ash explores the ocean as a free diver and has been a certified instructor of freediving since 2015. Originally from Chicago, she has a Master’s in Applied Anthropology and a PhD in Geographical Sciences, both from the University of Maryland.