Kate Schneider, MA

Friedman School
Tufts University, Boston, MA

Mentor  Dr. Masters

Recent Work

Kate Schneider is a PhD Candidate in Food Policy and Applied nutrition in the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, focusing on food policy and economics related to nutrition outcomes in developing countries. The desire to understand the drivers of nutrition outcomes particularly for women and children motivate her broad research interests. She is interested in applied research questions such that findings are applicable to inform food, safety net, and agricultural policies and development interventions and investments. Among these, a central question is how rural farming families in developing countries make food choices in response to prices, policies, infrastructure, the food environment, household production, knowledge and education and exposure to interventions, and budget constraints. She is interested in how prices, technology, entrepreneurship, empowerment, nutrition and health knowledge, food safety, food marketing, social norms and influences, and time use affect those food choices and manifest as nutrition outcomes to identify policy levers and intervention points that can make sustained improvements in outcomes.
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.