African loan shark expert Sophie Kainen stopped by the studio to talk about her freshly finished thesis and exciting research. We learned how she got interested in interviewing “informal money lenders” aka loan sharks, why she was accused of being a government spy in Africa, and about sharing seats with live chickens on her bus rides. She unveiled the tactics she used to get loan sharks to talk to her, and the pros and cons of these informal money lenders.
Watch her defend her thesis on Tuesday, May 1 at 11-11:15am in the JoukowskyForum at the Watson Institute (111 Thayer Street). You’ll learn everything you need to know about African loan sharks and get to hear about her exciting experiences.
That’s our girl hanging out in her second home. Hit play and catch up with the totally awesome Sophie Kainen!
Guest: Sophie Kainen
Why She’s Awesome: African Loan Shark Researcher