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Rachel Nadelman AA AA

SIS | Accountability Research Center
School of International Service 331B
Additional Positions at AU
Policy Advisor
PhD, International Relations, American University; M.A., International Affairs, The New School;
A.B., Comparative Literature, Brown University

Languages Spoken
English, Spanish and French
Rachel Nadelman is Policy Advisor at the Accountability Research Center (ARC) located within American's School of International Service (SIS). She has been working in the field of international development for 16 years, previously with organizations including the World Bank group, the Institute for Development Studies (IDS) at Sussex University, the German Development Agency (GIZ), American Jewish World Service and the Huairou Commission (an international coalition of women's organizations).

She has specialized in social development, primarily on issues related to social inclusion, women’s social and economic empowerment, and the intersection of environment and sustainable development. When possible she has focused her work on Latin America and the Caribbean, working in countries including: Argentina, El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua, Paraguay and Peru.

Her doctoral work, completed at SIS in 2018, investigated the unique processes, actions, and actors that drove El Salvador to suspend all metals mining nationally at a time when Latin America is intensifying its reliance on resource extraction.

Publication highlights include: "How Do World Bank Projects Commit to Citizen Engagement?" The Institute for Development Studies (2020),

“El Salvador's Challenge to the Latin American Extractive Imperative,” in Extraction: Impacts, Engagements, And Alternative Futures, Routledge (2017);

The Integration of Livelihood Support and Mental Health and Psychosocial Support for Populations Who Have Been Subject to Severe Stressors,” in Intervention, vol 14 num 3 (2016);

Territories free of mining: The fight against gold mining in El Salvador," in Practicing Anthropology vol 38, num 3 (2016);

Haiti Community Driven Development Project Gender Assessment: Findings and Lessons Learned, The World Bank, (2011),

Women, Honey and Money: Linking Rural Women in Uganda with Export Markets,” in Trading Stories: Experiences with Gender and Trade, The Commonwealth Secretariat (2009).