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. I am interested in understanding the drivers of nutrition outcomes particularly for women and children and in applied research questions such that findings are applicable to inform food, safety net, and agricultural policies and development interventions. Among these, a central question is how rural farming families in developing countries make food choices in response to prices, policies, the food environment, household production, nutrition knowledge and exposure to behavior change communication and agricultural interventions, and budget constraints. I am interested in how prices, technology, entrepreneurship, empowerment, nutrition and health knowledge, food marketing, social norms and influences, and time use affect those food choices and manifest as nutrition outcomes to identify policy levers and intervention points that can make sustained improvements in outcomes.

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, focusing mainly on price indices of nutritious diets in Malawi. I am also working with Dr. Masters on a study of exposure to moldy grain, food safety, and willingness-to-pay for clean maize in southern Malawi in partnership with Catholic Relief Services under the UBALE project. We previously conducted a study of nutrition knowledge and program implementation effectiveness in this same population, also with Catholic Relief Services under the UBALE project.

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