Bio

I am a PhD Candidate in Food Policy and Applied nutrition in the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, focusing on food policy and economics related to nutrition outcomes in developing countries. My dissertation focuses on household nutrient adequacy and the cost of nutritious diets in rural Malawi. I am currently working with Will Masters and collaborators on “Changing Access to Nutritious Diets in Africa and South Asia: New price indexes to measure food system change” (CANDASA) project. I previously worked with Dr. Masters on two studies in southern Malawi in partnership with Catholic Relief Services under the UBALE project. In 2018, we conducted a study of exposure to moldy grain, food safety, and willingness-to-pay for clean maize. In 2017, we conducted a study of nutrition knowledge and program implementation effectiveness in this same population.

Prior to coming to Tufts, I spent five years at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation as a program officer in agricultural development working on a portfolio of grants involving a wide range of issues including gender, food systems, nutrition, environment, data, policy research, evaluation and measurement. I served for 3 years on the Board of Trustees of the nonprofit Water 1st International and was on the advisory board for the Agricultural Technology Adoption Initiative. Before joining the foundation, I worked as a research assistant on an evaluation of an improved piped water system and impacts on prices, system management, and time use in three rural villages of Ethiopia. I also spent a year as a volunteer elementary school teacher in a coffee farming village in central Costa Rica.

I hold a Master of Public Administration and a Certificate in International Development from the Evans School of Public Policy and Government at the University of Washington where I also worked as a research assistant conducting food, agriculture and development policy research. I completed a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology at McGill University.

Education

  • M.P.A., Evans School of Public Policy and Government, University of Washington
  • Certificate in International Development, Evans School of Public Policy and Government, University of Washington
  • B.A., Sociology, McGill University