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Dr. Ann Oberhauser

Community engagement in feminist participatory research methods.

Dr. Ann Oberhauser is Director of Women’s and Gender Studies and Professor of Sociology at Iowa State University. She holds a PhD in Geography from Clark University and, before moving to Ames, Iowa, was Professor of Geography at West Virginia University. Her research focuses on feminist economic geography, gender and globalization, and critical development studies with an emphasis on rural economic strategies in Appalachia, sub-Saharan Africa, and more recently Iowa. Her co-authored book, Feminist Spaces: Gender and Geography in a Global Context, was recently published by Routledge. She also co-edited a book with Ibipo Johnston-Anumonwo, Global Perspectives on Gender and Space, in 2014.

Oberhauser also engages with critical pedagogy in her teaching and research. This work explores the effectiveness of experiential learning or Global Service Learning (GSL) in programs she has led to Tanzania in particular. Oberhauser has also been involved in a multi-disciplinary project on the use of social media among college students with colleagues in psychology and communication studies. This research analyzes how computer-mediated communication (CMT) impacts students’ attachment to family and friends.

Dr. Oberhauser is a member of the International Geographical Union Commission on Gender. She is also active in the Geographic Perspectives on Women Specialty Group of the American Association of Geographers.

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Dr. Jennifer Himmelstein

Gender equality in Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL).

Dr. Jennifer Himmelstein is a corporate analyst at ACDI/VOCA, a nonprofit that implements development projects that promote improved livelihoods and expanded economic opportunities. Jennifer facilitates organizational learning through cross-cutting technical papers, capacity building workshops, and encouragement of best practices in monitoring and evaluation. Jennifer received a doctorate in plant sciences from the University of Maryland, College Park. She has worked for four different government agencies and was a former faculty member of at Virginia Tech.


Daniel Sumner

Gender equality in Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL).

Daniel Sumner is the Assistant Director for Women and Gender in International Development at Virginia Tech where he provides research and analytical support to the Center for International Research, Education, and Development’s (CIRED) sponsored programs, including the Integrated Pest Management Innovation Lab (IPM IL). Mr. Sumner provides gender expertise to the IPM Innovation Lab, documenting the gendered impacts of the IPM IL’s research activities. He also works with the IPM IL’s implementing partners to build their capacity to address gender disparities and conduct gender-informed research focused on the intersection between IPM, gender, sustainable development, and rural livelihoods. Before joining the WGD program, Sumner worked in ACDI/VOCA’s Monitoring & Evaluation unit where he contributed to the development of the GenderFirst Monitoring & Evaluation Framework, updating the organization’s approach to ensuring the gendered impacts of program interventions. He also has experience applying the theory and practice of geospatial analysis to the design and evaluation of development interventions.

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Caitlin Nordehn

Being-in-the field: a conversation on discrimination, sexual harassment and other challenges.

Caitlin Nordehn is a gender specialist providing technical support to implementing organizations, agricultural researchers, and development practitioners on addressing gender issues in their programs, through gender assessments, capacity building efforts, and monitoring and evaluation activities. She has recently served as the gender expert for the EU-funded Boosting Agriculture and Food Security (BAFS) project in Sierra Leone, leading the project’s gender assessment. She has provided continued technical support to BAFS by supporting Sierra Leone’s Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry to develop a gender policy in agriculture. Her recent work also focuses on gender issues in climate change research. She led an analytical synthesis on gender issues in climate change research for the International Development Research Centre’s (IDRC) Climate Change Program and contributed significantly to the mid-term gender equality learning review for DFID- and IDRC-funded Pathways to Resilience in Semi-Arid Economies (PRISE) project. For USAID’s Integrating Gender and Nutrition within Agricultural Extension Services (INGENAES) project she supported the development of a qualitative methodology for assessing gender issues related to agricultural technologies and co-authored Assessing how Agricultural Technologies can change Gender Dynamics and Food Security Outcomes: A Toolkit.

Ms. Nordehn holds a M.A. in Anthropology with a concentration in International Development from The George Washington University and is proficient in French. She has work experience in Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, El Salvador, Kenya, Nepal, Niger, Senegal, Sierra Leone, and Sweden.

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Christine Dennis Smith

Being-in-the field: a conversation on discrimination, sexual harassment and other challenges.

Christine Dennis Smith directs the Virginia Tech Women’s Center’s Counseling and Advocacy Program and Gender-based Violence Prevention Program. Christine has extensive experience working with survivors of sexual assault, dating and domestic violence, stalking, and sexual harassment. She has worked at the Virginia Tech Women’s Center for 17 years providing the following services to students, faculty, and staff: crisis intervention, counseling, advocacy, accompaniment to law enforcement, judicial proceedings, university Title IX meetings, and Student Conduct Hearings. She participates on Virginia Tech’s Title IX Advisory Team that reviews cases of Gender-Based Violence. Prior to her work at the Women’s Center she worked for a local rape crisis and domestic violence program, The Women’s Resource Center of the New River Valley. She has a Masters of Social Work and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.