Sometimes I am writing the news, sometimes I am making it! Look below for some of the most recent news/blog articles either written by me or about me.  


Kellogg-affiliated Students Publish Article on How Language Impacts Aid Distribution in Mali

Two Kellogg doctoral student affiliates published an article in the June edition of World Development that says current aid distribution in northern Mali favors French-speaking villages and doesn’t reach those most in need...Their article, “Parlez-vous français? Language and Agricultural Aid Allocation Strategies in Northern Mali” says that unrest in northern Mali – where most of the country’s food is grown - since 2012 has dramatically altered how foreign aid is distributed there. Programmatic aid has been scaled back while humanitarian aid from NGOs has increased.Using 2015 World Bank survey data, Maiden and Brockway found that French-speaking villages are more likely to receive aid than non-French-speaking villages.


Learning from Fieldwork: Doctoral Student Emily Maiden Reports from Malawi

Kellogg Doctoral Student Affiliate Emily Maiden, who is completing her PhD in political science and peace studies through the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies is currently conducting 10 months of research in Malawi  for her dissertation, “We Will Marry When We Want: Evaluating Organizational Approaches to Ending Child Marriage in Malawi.” Her committee is co-chaired by Faculty Fellows George Lopez and Jaimie Bleck. Funded by a Kellogg Graduate Research Grant, Maiden spent several weeks in Malawi in the spring meeting with her research team, collecting baseline surveys, and getting ready for a second phase of her research. Here’s what she did and learned, in her own words


Student Stories: Emily Maiden, ND Gender Studies Program

I was at a regional political science conference a couple years ago presenting a paper I wrote on the signing of the 2013 peace agreement in the DR-Congo. My paper focused on highlighting the failures of the 1999 Lusaka Ceasefire Agreement and outlined how these failures could be sidestepped in the new agreement. When it came time for the moderator to ask me questions and offer critiques he said, "You mentioned women several times in this paper. You kept saying women need to be involved in the process. Why? Why is it so important to you that women get involved?" He was not being ironic. He was legitimately questioning my decision to include Congolese women in the peace process. In that moment I felt a shift in my interests and worldview...