Kate Schneider, MA
Tufts University, Boston, MA
Kate Schneider is a first year PhD student in Food Policy and Applied Nutrition at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University. Her research interests are focused on understanding drivers of nutrition outcomes for women and children to inform food, safety net, and agricultural policies and development interventions. Among these, a central question is how rural farming families, particularly women, in developing countries make food choices in response to policies, the food environment, household production, and budget constraints. She is interested in how technology, entrepreneurship, empowerment, nutrition and health knowledge, food marketing, social norms and influences, and time use affect those food choices and manifest as nutrition outcomes. She is currently working with Will Masters on a study of nutrition knowledge and program implementation effectiveness in southern Malawi in partnership with Catholic Relief Services.
Prior to coming to Tufts, Kate spent five years at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation as a program officer in agricultural development working on a portfolio of grants involving a wide range of issues including gender, food systems, nutrition, environment, data, policy research, evaluation and measurement. Kate served for 3 years on the Board of Trustees of the nonprofit Water 1st International and was on the advisory board for the Agricultural Technology Adoption Initiative. Before joining the foundation, Kate worked as a research assistant on an evaluation of an improved piped water system and impacts on prices, system management, and time use in three rural villages of Ethiopia. She also spent a year as a volunteer elementary school teacher in a coffee farming village in central Costa Rica.
Kate holds a Master of Public Administration and a Certificate in International Development from the Evans School of Public Policy and Government at the University of Washington where she also worked as a research assistant conducting food, agriculture and development policy research. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from McGill University.