The Friedman School pursues cutting-edge research and education from cell to society, including in molecular nutrition, human metabolism, population studies, clinical trials, nutrition interventions and behavior change, communication, food systems and sustainability, global food insecurity, humanitarian crises, and food economics and policy.
Program Director, Master of Arts in Humanitarian Assistance (MAHA) at The Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy and the Fletcher School of International Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University
Research Director at the Feinstein International Center, at The Friedman School
Daniel Maxwellis the Henry J. Leir Professor in Food Security. He leads the research program on food security and livelihoods in complex emergencies at the Feinstein International Center. His recent research focuses on the re-emergence of famines in the 21st century as well as famine early warning and humanitarian information systems and the politics of information and analysis. He also researches the localization of humanitarian action and the impact of crisis on social connectedness and mutual support networks, as well as livelihood systems under stress and resilience programming. Since 2014, he has served as a member of the Famine Review Committee for Integrated Food Security Phase Classification analysis
Prior to joining the faculty at Tufts, Dan worked in East and West Africa for two decades in humanitarian agencies and research institutes in Uganda, Ghana and Kenya. His most recent position prior to Tufts was Deputy Director for Eastern and Central Africa for CARE International.
He is the author, with Kirsten Gelsdorf, of Understanding the Humanitarian World (Routledge, 2019). He is the author, withNisar Majid, of Famine in Somalia: Competing Imperatives, Collective Failures (Oxford University Press, 2016). He is the co-author, with Chris Barrett of Cornell University, of Food Aid After Fifty Years: Recasting Its Role (Routledge, 2005). He teaches courses on humanitarian action and humanitarian policy, and on famine, livelihoods and resilience.
Ph.D., 1995, Development Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison
M.Sc., 1986, Adult Education and International Agriculture, Cornell University
B.Sc., 1977, Agricultural Sciences, Wilmington College
Research Grants: 2006–2019
Declaring Famine! The Politics of Information and Analysis. SDC, ECHO, FAO, OFDA, DFID (PI). 2017-2019.
Synthesis of Feinstein Center Work on Livelihoods and Resilience. USAID (PI). 2017-2018.
The Role of Sulfur Amino Acids in Risk of Kwashiorkor. OFDA, various (PI). 2015-2017.
Planning from the Future in Humanitarian Action. DANIDA/ Swedish MOFA (PI). 2014-2016. Review of the humanitarian “landscape” through multiple case studies, and recommendations for the World Humanitarian Summit
Measuring Resilience in Somalia. SomRep (PI). 2014-2016. Collaboration with an NGO consortium in Somalia to measure resilience
Lessons Learned from the Somalia Famine. Gates Foundation, USAID/OFDA (PI). 2013-2016. Retrospective analysis of the causes, impacts and lessons learned from the Somalia famine of 2011-2012.
Secure Livelihoods Research Consortium. DFID/UKAID (PI). 2012–2017. Longitudinal study of livelihood recovery and service provision in fragile and conflict-affected countries
Integrated Famine Response. UNICEF–Somalia (PI). 2011–2012. Technical assistance to UNICEF during the Somalia famine
Food Security Response Analysis CIDA (PI). 2011–2012. Concurrent analysis of the ways in which agencies determine how to respond to food security crises, given a new range of options
Livelihoods Change over Time (II) SIDA (PI). 2011–2013. Longitudinal study of livelihoods and change in Tigray
Assessment Capacity Support (ACAPS) Assessment Capacity Project (Co-PI). 2010–2012. Study of the use of evidence in humanitarian response
Climate Change, Agriculture, and Food Security International Research Institute (Co-PI).2010–2011. Review of climate change and humanitarian action. Was intended to lead to further collaboration but did not
Disaster Risk Reduction USAID (Co-PI). 2009–2013. Study of disaster risk reduction activities in three countries
Livelihoods Change over Time (I) World Vision (PI). 2008–2010. Qualitative and participatory study of livelihoods in Tigray
Targeting in Complex Emergencies World Food Programme (PI). 2007–2009. Commissioned study for WFP on targeting practices in conflict situations
Corruption in Humanitarian Assistance Transparency International (PI). 2007–2009. Commissioned study for TI on corruption in humanitarian response
Review of South Sudan Program WFP (PI). 2006–2007. Commissioned study for WFP on its South Sudan program