- PhD, MA, LLB, BA, University of the Witwatersrand (South Africa)
- Dr. Hirschmann has written approximately 55 publications, with topics including Reengineering and Performance Measurement in USAID; Development Management/ Bureaucracy/ Administration, and Planning; Women and Development; Women and Political Participation/ Democracy/ Civil Society; Elections Management; Institutional Development; Rural Development; Development Policy; and Southern African Politics.
Dr. Hirschmann's research focuses mainly on development management, strategic planning and performance measurement, micropolitics/social soundness, gender and development, bureaucracy, democracy and decentralization.
- Changing Attitudes of Black South Africans toward the United States, Edward Mellen Press, 1989.
- Women Farmers in Malawi, University of California, 1984.