Dr. Caroline Faria

Critical feminist reflexivity and the politics of whiteness in the “field.

Dr. Caroline Faria is a feminist political and cultural geographer working on gender and nationalism. Her research has focused on the US-based South Sudanese diaspora and the contemporary processes of gendered development and nation building that have emerged since the signing of the 2005 Sudanese Comprehensive Peace Agreement. Currently she is working on a project following the commodity chain of synthetic and human hair production, distribution and consumption in East Africa. She traces the flow of hair weaves and related beauty products from Dubai to the markets of Kampala and Nairobi and onto the emerging markets in the newly independent republic. Faria’s work is published in such journals as Gender, Place and Culture, Annals of the Association of American Geographers, Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, Environment and Planning D: Society and Space and Geoforum.


Jane Kato-Wallace

Engaging men and transforming masculinities for gender equality: What we know.

Jane Kato-Wallace is the Director of Programs at Promundo. Her experience centers on program development, training, and research related to engaging men and boys in gender equality. In her seven years with Promundo, she has played a leadership role in developing, implementing, and evaluating gender-transformative, multi-pronged approaches to engaging men as caregivers and youth in dozens of countries around the world. Jane has co-authored several publications and reports for academic journals including Gender and Development, with the UN, and activist NGOs on emerging topics related to men, boys, and gender equality. Jane’s previous work experience includes conducting public health research with Columbia University and EngenderHealth on the U.S.-based Gender Matters program, and supporting a USAID health policy project. Jane has a Master’s degree in Public Health from Columbia University.


Dr. Emily Van Houweling

Misinterpreting women’s empowerment?: How a feminist postcolonial lens can reveal new dimensions of change in women’s lives.

Dr. Emily Van Houweling is currently an Assistant Professor at Regis University in their Masters of Development Practice program. Van Houweling has a Ph.D. in Planning, Governance, and Globalization and a Masters of Urban and Regional Planning from Virginia Tech. She has conducted fieldwork in nine countries in Sub-Saharan Africa and worked with a variety of development and research partners. Her core research explores issues of equity, sustainability, and governance in relation to water and sanitation services. Previously she taught development as a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Denver’s Korbel School for International Studies and was the Assistant Director of Women and Gender in International Development at Virginia Tech. Her research has been published in leading development journals and she is currently working on a book project with Cambridge University Press.


Dr. Deborah Rubin

Strengthening women’s economic empowerment through agricultural extension: What it could look like.

Dr. Deborah Rubin is a Co-Director of Cultural Practice, LLC, a women-owned consulting firm based in Bethesda, MD. Dr. Rubin provides technical leadership for Cultural Practice’s work on gender equality, agriculture, and food security. She leads Cultural Practice’s team in work on the intersections of gender and agriculture. Dr. Rubin is a core partner with the International Food Policy Research Institute’s Gender, Agriculture, and Assets Project (GAAP 1 and 2) that is currently developing a project level version of the Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index (WEAI). Always seeking to translate research into practical options for social change, she has authored or co-authored publications to help practitioners address gender issues in qualitative research methods, agricultural value chains, agricultural technologies, and the use, control over, and ownership of assets. She also manages the CRSP Digest website ( that hosts 30 years of achievement by USAID funded and Land-Grant University led Collaborative Research Support Programs. Formerly a university professor and a professional editor for the World Bank and others, Dr. Rubin understands the nuance of crafting written and oral communications to deliver technical content clearly to technical specialists and non-specialist stakeholders alike. Dr. Rubin earned her Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology from Johns Hopkins University.

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Dr. Beth Miller

One Health: Animal health, human health and social empowerment.

Dr. Beth Miller is a veterinarian with 25 years of experience of integrating animal health and social empowerment in international development. A graduate of Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine in the USA, Dr. Miller has owned and operated a small-scale goat dairy, and private veterinary practice in the USA. For 10 year, she served as Director of Gender Equity for Heifer International, which uses livestock as an entry point for sustainable community development.

Dr. Miller is an instructor of anatomy and physiology as the University of Arkansas-PTC, and also CEO of Miller Agricultural Consulting, serving clients across the agriculture and One Health spectrum. She was elected president of the International Goat Association in 2016, and oversees international conferences, projects and strategic planning. She is committed to a future where all women and men can create equitable livelihoods while managing natural resources for future generations.

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Dr. Cornelia Flora

Gender, crops and animals: How women’s choices are critical for nutritional health.

Dr. Cornelia Butler Flora, Charles F. Curtiss Distinguished Professor of Agriculture and Sociology Emerita at Iowa State University and Research Professor at Kansas State University, served 15 years as Director of the North Central Regional Center for Rural Development. Previously she was holder of the Endowed Chair in Agricultural Systems at the University of Minnesota, head of the Sociology Department at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, a University Distinguished Professor at Kansas State University, and a program officer for the Ford Foundation. She has taught in Spain, Peru, Argentina and Uruguay. She is past president of the Rural Sociological Society, the Community Development Society, and the Society for Agriculture, Food and Human Values. Her books include Interactions Between Agroecosystems, Rural Communities, Rural Communities: Legacy and Change (5 editions), Rural Policies for the 1990s, and Sustainable Agriculture in Temperate Zones. Flora has over four decades of work on indicators of development around the community capitals both in the U.S. and in developing countries. Her current research addresses alternative strategies of community development and community-based natural resource management in the light of changing socio-technical regimes and climate change.

As a gender specialist, she helped initiate the Ford Foundation gender program in Latin America and the Caribbean and has work in the US and around the world on issues of gender and development through many international agencies, foundations, USDA and USAID. She has published extensively on this work.


Dr. Elizabeth Jimenez

Rural livelihoods strategies and globalized markets: An analysis of women’s participation among Quinoa producers in the Southern Bolivian Highlands.

Dr. Elizabeth Jiménez Zamora has a Ph.D. in development economics from the University of Notre Dame, in Indiana (USA). Currently, she is a professor and researcher at CIDES-UMSA, the graduate program on interdisciplinary social sciences of the Universidad Mayor de San Andres, in Bolivia. Her research includes issues on labored employment, the economics of care, climate change and sustainability. Currently she is the research coordinator of the FATE project in Bolivia (Feminization and agricultural transformation in export led agriculture) that is part of the R4D research projects for development supported by the SNSF (Swiss National Science Foundation).

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Dr. Luke Juran

Human-environment genderscapes in South Asia: Suffering for water, suffering from disasters.

Dr. Luke Juran is faculty in the Department of Geography and at the Virginia Water Resources Research Center at Virginia Tech. Juran’s research investigates human interactions with water resources, human interactions with disaster processes, and human interactions with coupled water-disaster constructs. In particular, Juran’s research examines gendered access to drinking water, toilet/sanitation infrastructure, and how disasters impact women and men differently.