The EPAR model brings talented Graduate Research Assistants with diverse technical and professional skills together with faculty oversight, expert advising from a wide network of scholars and practitioners, and the supporting infrastructure of the University of Washington to provide research and analysis that meets high standards of academic rigor while still being accessible to a broad audience. EPAR’s mentorship model, where second-year Research Assistants train and support first-year Research Assistants, helps to ensure the continuity and quality of our research, leverages diverse skill sets, and allows EPAR to take on longer-term research initiatives. EPAR has no program management staff, but is supported by core staff at the Evans School of Public Policy and Governance for Personnel, Fiscal & Grant Management, and IT and technical support.
LEADERSHIP AND CONTACTS
C. Leigh Anderson EPAR Principal Investigator - email@example.com
Leigh Anderson joined the Evans School faculty in 1997. Her current research focuses on rural poverty and agriculture, and how market and policy institutions affect individual decision-making. Professor Anderson founded EPAR in 2008, and continues to direct its work which focuses on agricultural measurement and evaluation, small-scale producers in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, and risk and inclusion. Anderson also serves as the Marc Lindenberg Professor for Humanitarian Action, International Development, and Global Citizenship and teaches courses in economics, statistics, and international development. Anderson holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Washington.
Didier Alia Lead Data & Analytics - firstname.lastname@example.org
Didier Alia joined EPAR as a Research Associate in September 2017. His research interests are in International Development with a particular focus on Input Intensification and the Transformation of African Agriculture and Rural Spaces. He also has keen interests in Urbanization, Health, and Trade and their implications for development. He received his PhD in Agricultural Economics from the University of Kentucky, and also holds a BSc and a MSc in Mathematics from the University of Abomey-Calavi in Benin and a Statistician-Economist Engineer Diploma (MSc) from the Sub-Regional Institute of Statistics and Applied Economics in Cameroon.
Federico Trindade Ex-post and Spatial Analysis - email@example.com
Federico Trindade joined EPAR as a Research Associate in October 2018. He holds MSc and Ph.D. degrees in Agricultural Economics from the University of Nebraska - Lincoln. His main areas of study are Agricultural Productivity and Agricultural Development with specific research done on the impact of climate and irrigation on agricultural productivity, productivity growth trends, the impact of agriculture on biodiversity and agricultural efficiency (SFA). His most recent work at EPAR has been related to Agricultural R&D and global public goods allocation.
Becca Toole Evaluation - firstname.lastname@example.org
Becca joined EPAR as a Research Scientist in 2020. In this role, she manages the "Evaluating Inclusive Transformation in Agriculture (EVITA)" grant. Prior to joining the Evans School, Becca was a Policy Manager at J-PAL, where she managed two competitive funds for randomized evaluations in agriculture and climate change and led the development of J-PAL's policy briefs and evidence synthesis. Becca holds an M.S. in Economics and Urban & Environmental Policy & Planning from Tufts University and a B.S. in Economics and Art History from the University of Pittsburgh, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa.
Andrew Tomes LSMS-ISA - email@example.com
Andrew was an EPAR RA from 2019-2021, when he graduated with an MPA and joined the team as a research scientist. His work has focused on LSMS-ISA indicator curation, spatial analytics, and RA mentorship. He is the lead developer of AgQuery+, a tool that improves ease-of-access for EPAR's LSMS data products. He is interested in building climate resilience in agriculture and advancing evidence-based policies for environmentally sustainable food production. Prior to Evans, he worked as a plant biologist and regulatory coordinator at an organic fertilizer startup. He holds an MS in Ecology from SUNY-ESF, where he studied plant distribution modeling under climate change and plant-fungus mutualism, and a BS in Botany and a BA in English from University of Maine (Orono), where he worked on wetland restoration ecology.
Fairooz Newaz Evaluation - firstname.lastname@example.org
Fairooz joined EPAR as a Research Scientist in November 2021. Her research interest lies in sustainable agricultural development that is both cognizant of the needs and conditions of small-scale producers, and is ultimately most beneficial to these vulnerable populations in the Global South. She holds an M.S. in Global Health Policy and Management and M.A. in Sustainable International Development from Brandeis University, and a B.S. in Medical Bioscience from Monash University.
Olayinka is an Agricultural economist specialized in Agricultural finance and rural development. Her research focuses on financial inclusion of low income groups like small-scale producers and women with keen interest in gender and women empowerment, measurements, impact on livelihoods and policy interventions. She received her PhD in Agricultural Economics from the University of Pretoria, South Africa and was hosted by the University of Washington as a World Bank Robert S. McNamara fellow. She serves as a consultant for the Evidence Consortium on Women’s Groups. She also serves as a principal research officer at the National Horticultural Research Institute Nigeria. Previously, she served as a research assistant for agricultural financial policy with USAID Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Food Security, University of Pretoria, South Africa. She holds a MSc and a B.A. in Agricultural economics from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria.
Peter Agamile is an Economist at the United Nations World Food Program in Rome, Italy and is also an Honorary Research Fellow at the Global Development Institute of The University of Manchester, United Kingdom. His current research focuses on climate change impacts and adaptation, agricultural technology adoption, food and nutrition security and poverty with a geographical focus on sub-Saharan Africa. Peter received his PhD in Development Policy and management from The University of Manchester. He also holds an MA from the University of Bradford and a second master’s degree from Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. Peter received his B.S. in Agriculture from Makerere University in Uganda.
Shamma Alam is an Assistant Professor of Economics in the Department of International Studies at Dickinson College. He also serves as a Research Associate at the CEQ Institute at Tulane University and contributes courses at the U.S. Army War College. Shamma Alam’s research focuses on different aspects of international development, such as health issues and measurements, fertility issues, agricultural economics, public finance, and microcredit. He served as a Consultant at the World Bank several times, including in their Economic Policy, Poverty and Gender Group, Development Data Group, and East Asia and Pacific Region group. He also previously served as a consultant in the Agriculture Policy Team at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Shamma Alam received his M.A. and Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Washington, Seattle, and B.A. in Economics from Franklin & Marshall College.
Alison Cullen joined the Evans School faculty at University of Washington in 1995. Her research involves the analysis of risks to human health and the environment, decision making in the face of risks which are uncertain or vary spatially, temporally and across populations, and the application of value of information and distributional techniques. At University of Washington she is also an adjunct professor in the School of Public Health and in the College of the Environment, and serves on the Boards of the Program on Climate Change and the Environmental Management Certificate. Cullen holds a Sc.D. in Environmental Health Management and a M.S. in Environmental Health Science, Exposure Assessment, and Engineering from Harvard University School of Public Health. She also holds a B.S. in Civil/Environmental Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
Marieka M. Klawitter joined the Evans School faculty in 1990. Her research focuses on public policies that affect work and income, including studies of the effects of asset-building policies, welfare policies, intra-household bargaining, and anti-discrimination policies for sexual orientation. Klawitter teaches courses on public policy analysis, quantitative methods, program evaluation, asset-building for low income families, and sexual orientation and public policy. Klawitter holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Wisconsin, and a MPP and AB in Economics from the University of Michigan.
Dr. Carol Levin is an expert in costing health technologies and interventions delivered in public health delivery systems. Currently, she is the director for the Global Health Cost Consortium to strengthen access to, and the use of, high quality cost data for HIV and TB. Previously, she led the systematic review of costs of global health interventions as part of the Disease Control Priorities Project. Her interests are in conducting research on the costs and cost-effectiveness of introducing and scaling up public health interventions related to maternal, reproductive and child health, and HIV. She has also recently conducted research on the costs of domestic programs in the US, recently completing work with colleagues at UW Department of Psychiatry to estimate the cost of initiatives in the Washington State mental health program. In addition to health economics, she is also an expert in the area of food security and nutrition policy, where most recently she focused on implementing and evaluating an integrated agriculture and health project to maximize health and nutrition outcomes. She was also a contributing author to the 2015 Global Nutrition Report on defining healthy food systems.
Aline Meysonnat joined the Evans School as a Research Associate in October 2018. Her research relates broadly to economic growth, poverty reduction and more recently women empowerment in Sub-Saharan Africa and the MENA region. Currently, she works on projects related to gender inequality and women empowerment in agriculture. She earned a M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Economics from Maastricht University in the Netherlands. After obtaining her degree, she spent one year as a research associate at the United Nations University – Maastricht Economic and Social Research Institute on Innovation and Technology (UNU-MERIT).
Kelsey Figone (MPA '22) is passionate about the intersection of social responsibility and food systems. Before studying at Evans, she worked on farms, managed corporate social responsibility programs in Washington, DC, and taught English in Indonesia through the Fulbright program. She received her B.A. from the Claremont Colleges, where she studied language rights in South Africa.
Joshua Grandbouche (MPA ’22) is interested in the role data and economics can play in climate adaptation and sustainability, especially in terms of water scarcity and energy. Prior to the Evans School, he worked as the lead research analyst at Western Washington University’s Center for Economic and Business Research. He holds a BA in Environmental Studies/Economics from Western.
Ushanjani Gollapudi (MPA'23) is interested in environmental policy, agricultural economics, and rural development. She received her B.Sc. Economics degree from Shiv Nadar University, India and completed her electives from the London School of Economics. Before joining the Evans School, Ushanjani wrote a thesis on the impact of solar pump irrigation systems on the farmers of Karnataka, India. As an intern at Miocrosave Consulting, she studied the effect of Covid-19 on micro and small enterprises in India.
Tiffany Ha (MPA '22) is interested in scalable solutions for sustainable agriculture and food security that are sensitive to diverse and nuanced community needs and climates. Prior to joining Evans, Tiffany oversaw operations and designed creative environmental curricula at a start-up organization in Hong Kong. She served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Rwanda where she led training of trainers to build climate resilient kitchen gardens. Tiffany earned her BA in Political Science from UCLA.
Basil Hariri (MPA ’22) is interested in data driven climate policy, voting rights/engagement advocacy, and international development. Prior to the Evans School, he worked as a software engineer on big data applications at Microsoft. Basil graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a BS in Computer Science and a BS in Electrical and Computer Engineering.
Rebecca Hsu (MPA ’22) is interested in policy analysis and evaluation in the areas of health and tech policy. Before coming to the Evans School, she worked as a research assistant with Baylor College of Medicine’s Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy studying the ethical, legal, and social implications of emerging health technologies. She received a B.A. in Cognitive Sciences from Rice University.
Helen Ippolito (MPA '23) is interested in data analysis and evidence-based decision making, particularly in social and environmental policy applications. Prior to attending the Evans School, Helen worked for the University of Washington's Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation where she contributed to public health research efforts to estimate global disease burden. Helen holds a Bachelor's degree in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology from Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon.
Marina Kaminsky (MPA '21) has a passion for working at the intersection of sustainability and international development. She received a B.A. in economics from Reed College and has held internships at the Center for Global Development and Innovations for Poverty Action. Prior to joining EPAR, she worked as research coordinator at North Star Civic Foundation, where she focused on equity concerns in state and local-level fiscal policy.
Chae Won Lee
Chae Won Lee (MPA ’23) is interested in tech for social good and international development. Prior to Evans, she worked as a software engineer at Amazon on Amazon Alexa and the Bad Actors Disincentives team and as a security researcher at Akamai Technologies. She also interned at the World Bank as a data analyst. She graduated with a BS in Math with Computer Science from MIT.
Lucero Marquez (MPA '23) has a passion for uplifting minority voices in conversations about environmental justice and climate change policies. She received a B.S. in meteorology from Texas A&M University and has held internships with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and the United States Environmental Protection Agency. Prior to joining EPAR, she worked as an air dispersion modeler for the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, where she worked with models to ensure federal and state requirements were met.
Jacob Wall(MPA ’23) is interested in climate resilience, protected area management, and international development. He received a B.A. in environmental policy and geology from Colby College and worked as a research assistant studying the cultural, economic, and ecological significance of Church Forests in South Gondar, Ethiopia. Prior to joining EPAR, he worked as the Program Director for the Society for Wilderness Stewardship where he worked on wilderness character monitoring projects with federal land management agencies across the country.
Sebastián Wood (MPA '23) is interested in applied economics, public policy analysis in the housing sector, and international development. Before studying at the Evans school, he worked as a research assistant with Think Tank IdeaPaís doing quantitative analysis in the public sector. Sebastián received his B.A. in Economics from Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile and has held an internship at the Centro de Politicas Publicas UC evaluating the economic benefits of improving the health of elderly people in Chile.