Policy & Development

Qualitative research experience: participant observation, individual and group interviews, surveys, and desk research. Focus on gender and development, including intersections of human rights, family law, and reproductive health.

Women's Rights Education in Jordan (2012-13) Ethnographic study of rights education programs for Jordanian women, including participant observation of classes and workshops, key informant interviews, and textual analysis. Funded by a student Fulbright research grant. Findings presented at Fulbright Student Conference for MENA Region, Rabat, April 2013 (Paper in progress)

Reducing Maternal Mortality: Actual and Potential Roles for Faith-Linked Institutions and Communities, for the Berkley Center and World Faiths Development Dialogue, Georgetown University, November 2011. Used as background paper for event on engaging faith-based organizations in the response to maternal mortality, Global Health Initiative, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, November 16, 2011. Based in part on interviews with the John Dau Foundation, the Adventist Development and Relief Agency, and Serving in Mission.

Culture & Development Practice. Case study of the U.S. Peace Corps' approach to the study and use of culture in its training programs. Highlights summarized in Worldview magazine, the publication of the National Peace Corps Association.

Amazigh Rights in Morocco. Analysis of Moroccan policies and rhetoric towards linguistic and cultural rights of minorities within the context of both international human rights law frameworks and global politics. Related papers include “Translating Tolerance: The Rhetoric of Muhammad VI of Morocco and the Amazigh Question,” presented (in absentia) at Middle East Studies Association 2012 meeting; and “Language and the Amazigh Question: Charting a Course for Minority Rights,” presented at Les Changements Linquistiques au Maroc: Bilan et Évaluation, Université ibn Zohr, Agadir, Morocco, 2011. 

Sexual Harassment. Part of team that conducted and analyzed a survey on harassment issues given to 150+ Peace Corps volunteers in Morocco and used its findings to design and implement a new training approach to the issue. Presented as a case study for a cross-cultural training approach at Intercultural Communication conference at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, April 2011.