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NAPA Career Profiles: A chat with David Fetterman on Empowerment Evaluation, and the value of ethnography.
David Fetterman is an evaluator by profession, and is probably best known for his work on creating Empowerment Evaluation, which helps individuals learn to evaluate their own programs. In this process Fetterman serves as a coach, helping guide the work and maintain rigor, but allowing stakeholders to plan, implement and evaluate themselves. The end goal is self-determination, and it is
John P. Mason, a former president of the Washington Association of Professional Anthropologists (WAPA), has crossed the many borders that define professional anthropology, including university teaching, an international organization, an NGO, and for-profit private sector in international development. He has traversed these borders, back and forth between academia and applied international work.
Jen Cardew Kersey is a former graduate of the University of North Texas, where she received her MA in Applied Anthropology. A member of the first class to enter UNT’s online Master’s Program, Jen did her research comparing the experiences of online, and on-campus graduate experiences.
Jenny Masur has dedicated over two decades of service to the National Park Service (NPS), a career trajectory she did not anticipate while in the academy. As a graduate student at the University of Chicago, Masur co-edited a book of oral histories of Jewish women immigrants and completed her dissertation, “Work, Leisure and Obligation in an Andalusian Town.” Following her PhD, she worked on a postdoc examining city migrants in Madrid and later taught anthropology in Argentina through the Fulbright Program.
Bryan Dennis doesn’t consider himself to have had a “career’, but rather a professional journey that wasn’t exactly planned, and which he still continues to travel. That journey started with his graduate work at UCLA in Anthropology, where his academic focus took a very traditional approach.
Karen Greenough is a Junior Researcher working in Burkina Faso at the West African Science Service Center on Climate Change and Adapted Land Use (WASCAL). Her career trajectory stemmed from her earlier work in Niger, where she was posted as a Peace Corps Volunteer and returned afterwards to live and learn about the region.
Ted (Edward C.) Green is perhaps most well known for his open critiques of the Western biomedical policies and practices of the AIDS establishment in its approach to Africa. Taking a more anthropological approach, Green has argued that effective solutions to decreasing HIV infection should be rooted in the cultural practices and indigenous knowledge of the peoples that public health organizations intend to help.
BiographyMari H. Clarke is a World Bank Senior Gender Consultant with over 30 years of addressing gender in international development (transport, energy, water, environment, agriculture, microenterprise, monitoring and evaluation). She has been a World Bank consultant on gender and transport since 2005.
Biography Dr. Mary Butler is an applied anthropologist with expertise in research design, methods, management, and supervision of evaluation projects. She has been an adjunct Professor of Anthropology at the University of Maryland since 2007, and at the University of North Texas since 2011. Dr. Butler is currently working for Westat on a CDC evaluation of training program for providers on the prevention