Kate Schneider

Kate Schneider is pursuing a PhD in Food Policy and Applied Nutrition. Her research interests are focused on understanding drivers of nutrition outcomes particularly for women and children to inform food, safety net, and agricultural policies and development interventions. Among these, a central question is how rural farming families in developing countries make food choices in response to prices, policies, the food environment, household production, and budget constraints. She is interested in how prices, technology, entrepreneurship, empowerment, nutrition and health knowledge, food marketing, social norms and influences, and time use affect those food choices and manifest as nutrition outcomes. She is currently working with Will Masters on two studies. The first is a study of nutrition knowledge and program implementation effectiveness in southern Malawi in partnership with Catholic Relief Services. The second is a multi-country study of the spatial and temporal variation in the affordability of nutritious foods and its relationship to nutrition outcomes using four novel price indexes, with local partners in India, Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Ghana and Tanzania as well as other countries including Malawi.

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.


  • M.P.A., Evans School of Public Policy and Government, University of Washington
  • Certificate in International Development, Evans School of Public Policy and Government, University of Washington
  • B.A., Sociology, McGill University
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