Rachael Goodman is a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute for Gender + the Economy. She earned her PhD in anthropology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her research focuses on NGO-led development in the Himalayan foothills of India. Her dissertation, based on eighteen months of ethnographic fieldwork in India, explored how local NGO workers and villagers made development projects work towards local goals and fit with existing social networks. She has published an article on microfinance in World Development and has an article on development data under review with American Ethnologist. At GATE she will focus on developing new online content for the institute, organizing events, and public outreach. She will also continue her research on economic development, focusing on gendered aspects of labor, aspiration, and education in the villages where she worked in north India.
Learn more about Rachael and her research in the video below from our “Meet a Fellow” series!