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Julia Fischer-Mackey Scholar-in-Residence School of International Service

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Ph.D., American University, School of International Service

M.Phil., American University, School of International Service

M.A., University of Sussex (UK), Environment, Development and Policy

B.A., Brown University, African and Latin American History

Julia Fischer-Mackey’s research examines the politics of evidence and the relationship between research and contemporary international development policy and practice. Her dissertation analyzed the implications of the rise of randomized control trials for the development sector and questions about research’s usefulness to development practitioners. She is currently a Scholar-in-Residence at the Accountability Research Center, where she supports grassroots activists to document and share what they have learned about holding public authorities accountable.

Prior to pursuing her PhD, Julia spent a decade conducting research and leading monitoring, evaluation and learning efforts at international development and social justice organizations. She has experience in advocacy and programming related to public health, climate resilience, food systems, gender equity, financial inclusion, and education.

Julia's research has been published in The Journal of Peasant Studies, Third World Quarterly, Development in Practice, and by the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie), Oxfam, and the Rockefeller Foundation.
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Spring 2023

  • SIS-730 Skills Inst in Int'l Affairs: Participatory Methods