I am an experienced researcher and a collaborative and creative thinker skilled in policy analysis, project planning & management, facilitation, and monitoring & evaluation focused on human dignity and justice. I am also a writer and editor, for fun and profit.
My work is primarily related to: sexual and domestic violence, poverty, human rights, humanitarian crises, donor and development politics (U.S. and global); gender analysis; urban development and planning; service delivery and structural inequality; displacement and migration; and political violence, conflict, and power transitions.
I am a proud graduate of the Dept. of Urban & Environmental Policy & Planning and The Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy at Tufts University (Boston), as well as Macalester College (St. Paul, MN).
For more on my professional background, please check out my full CV.
My hometown is named Normal (yes, really).
I spent a year in Japan as an exchange student when I was 15 years old.
I once accidentally negotiated my own bride price, during a research trip in South Sudan, and inadvertently made it lower because I insisted on being the only wife. Luckily (for me) there was simply no way for him to get the cows to my father.