Marion S. Min-Barron, MS, MPH
Friedman School, Tufts University
Mentor Dr. Coates
Currently, Marion is working on a USAID-funded five-year project in Ethiopia called “Empowering New Generations in Nutrition and Economic Opportunities” (ENGINE). Her dissertation focuses on the role of gender at the agriculture- nutrition nexus. Focusing on smallholder farmers, she is analyzing an improved measurement of empowerment, nutrition related behavior change and household decision-making regarding commercialization practices through mixed methods. Results from this proposed research are expected to contribute useful empirical evidence of the appropriateness of certain gender related assumptions within the agriculture-nutrition pathway discourse. They also provide a deeper understanding of the gender specific processes involved in household commercialization decisions and nutrition-related behavior change, all of which can help guide policymakers and program designers/implementers in how to successfully improve nutrition through the agricultural sector.
Marion has been engaged with the Friedman community as a Teaching Assistant and Co-Instructor since 2009. Her passion for teaching is fueled by the wealth of learning she has acquired from her students. With a dual degree Masters in Nutrition (Food Policy and Applied Nutrition) and Public Health (Biostatistics and Epidemiology), she is currently an All But Dissertation Doctoral Candidate at the Friedman School. She will begin her appointment of Visiting Assistant Professor at Williams College in Fall of 2017 within the Public Health/Global Studies department.