Anastasia Marshak

Anastasia MarshakResearcher

Working with Feinstein Since: 2006
Based in: Somerville, MA

Anastasia Marshak’s research at Feinstein focuses on programmatic impact and the causes of malnutrition in eastern Chad and the Darfur region of Sudan. She also supports research in northern Uganda, where she is analyzing the long-term impact of conflict on livelihoods and access to services. Her previous experience at Feinstein includes evaluations of youth violence in Karamoja and the role of microfinance in supporting the livelihoods of internally displaced persons in Uganda.

Anastasia brings expertise in quantitative analysis, research design, and nutrition to Feinstein. Prior to joining Feinstein, Anastasia worked for the MIT Poverty Action Lab and the World Bank in Sierra Leone.

She holds a B.S. in quantitative economics and international relations from Tufts University and an M.A. in economics from Boston University. She is pursuing a Ph.D. at the Friedman School of Nutrition in the Food Policy and Nutrition program, with a focus on humanitarian assistance.

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News Items

Disasters Journal Published Paper by Teddy Atim, Dyan Mazurana, and Anastasia Marshak
January 11, 2018

Disasters Journal published Teddy Atim, Dyan Mazurana, and Anastasia Marshak ‘s paper on their study of women survivors of wartime sexual violence. Women survivors face challenges in gaining acceptance on return to…

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Anastasia Marshak co-authors article about building resilience in Rural 21
December 24, 2017

Rural 21 The International Journal for Rural Development published an article co-authored by Concern Worldwide’s Cecilia Benda and Feinstein’s Anastasia Marshak. The article discusses how to build resilience among rural…

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Feinstein Research Projects

Synthesizing Research on Resilience in Drylands and Fragile Contexts Project

From 2005 to 2017, we developed a wide-ranging research portfolio on livelihoods systems under stress throughout the Greater Horn of Africa and beyond. This project synthesizes key themes of that research.

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Secure Livelihoods Research Consortium Generating stronger evidence on conflict situations

The Secure Livelihoods Research Consortium aims to generate a stronger evidence base on how people in conflict-affected situations make a living, access basic services like health care, education and water, and perceive and engage with governance at local and national levels.

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Feinstein Publications

Briefing Paper: Persistent Global Acute Malnutrition: A briefing paper on the scope of the problem, its drivers, and strategies for moving forward for policy, practice, and research
By Helen Young, Anastasia Marshak | January 2018

The widespread scale and long-lasting nature of “persistent GAM” means that it must be a policy and programming priority. This brief sheds light on the issue and provides strategies for policy and practice.

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Persistent Global Acute Malnutrition: A discussion paper on the scope of the problem, its drivers, and strategies for moving forward for policy, practice, and research
By Helen Young, Anastasia Marshak | January 2018

The widespread scale and long-lasting nature of “persistent GAM” means that it must be a policy and programming priority. This paper sheds light on the issue and provides strategies for policy and practice.

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