Faculty and Researchers
Daniel MaxwellHenry J. Leir Professor in Food Security, Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy
Dan Maxwell leads the research program on food security and livelihoods in complex emergencies. In 2016-2017, he served as the Acting Director of the Feinstein International Center. His recent research focuses on the re-emergence of famines in the 21st century and the politics of analyzing and declaring famine, as well as food security and resilience programming and measurement, and livelihood systems under stress.
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 joining the faculty at Tufts was Deputy Director for Eastern and Central Africa for CARE International.
He is the author, with Nisar 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), and co-author with Peter Walker, of Shaping the Humanitarian World (Routledge, 2009). He teaches humanitarian action, humanitarian policy, and food insecurity in situations of crisis and chronic vulnerability.
He holds a B.Sc. from Wilmington College, a master’s degree from Cornell University, and a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin.
- Humanitarian action
- Resilience, livelihoods, food security, and the measurement of food security
- Food assistance
- Emergency preparedness, information systems and contingency planning
- Humanitarian operations and policy
- East Africa
- Greater Horn of Africa
- Humanitarian Action in Complex Emergencies (NUTR 229/DHP D230), Fall Term
- Seminar in Humanitarian Issues (NUTR 223), Fall Term
- International Humanitarian Response (NUTR 324/DHP D-21), Spring Term
- Transnational Social Issues: Humanitarian Assistance (GMA P215)
- Maxwell, Daniel. “Measuring Food Insecurity: The Frequency and Severity of ‘Coping Strategies.’” Food Policy 21, 3 (1996). 291–303.
- Maxwell, Daniel, Carol Levin, Margaret Armar-Klemesu, Marie Ruel, Saul Morris and Clement Ahiadeke. Urban Livelihoods, Food and Nutrition Security in Greater Accra. IFPRI Research Report 112. Washington: International Food Policy Research Institute, 2000.
- Maxwell, Daniel. “Alternative Food Security Strategy: A Household Analysis of Urban Agriculture in Kampala.” World Development 23, 10 (1995). 1669–1681.
- Barrett, Christopher and Daniel Maxwell. Food Aid After Fifty Years: Recasting its Role. London: Routledge, 2005.
- Maxwell, Daniel. “The Political Economy of Urban Food Security in Sub-Saharan Africa.” World Development 27, 11 (1999). 1939–1953.
- Maxwell, Daniel and Nisar Majid. “Facing Famine: Somali Experiences in the Famine of 2011.” Food Policy 65 (2016). 63-73.
- Maxwell, Daniel and Nisar Majid. Famine in Somalia: Competing Imperatives, Collective Failures, 2011-2012. New York: Oxford University Press, 2016.
- Maxwell, Daniel, Bapu Vaitla, and Jennifer Coates. “How Do Indicators of Household Food Insecurity Measure Up? An Empirical Comparison from Ethiopia.” Food Policy 47 (2014). 107-117.
- Maxwell, Daniel, John Parker and Heather Stobaugh. “What Drives Program Choice in Food Security Crises? Examining the ‘Response Analysis’ Question.” World Development 49 (2013). 68-79.
- Young, Helen and Daniel Maxwell. “Participation, Political Economy and Protection: The Governance of Food Aid in in the Darfur Region of Sudan.” Disasters 37, 4 (2013). 555-578.
On September 18, 2017 Feinstein faculty and an alum were honored at the naming event of the Henry J. Leir Institute for Human Security. Fletcher Masters of Arts in Law…Read More
Feinstein Research Projects
The Humanitarian Evidence Program produces a series of evidence syntheses to distill humanitarian evidence and communicate it to key stakeholders in order to enable better decision-making and improve humanitarian policy and practice.Read More
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.Read More
This report synthesizes findings on livelihoods from research projects that took place over five years in eight countries affected by fragility and conflict as part of the Secure Livelihoods Research Consortium (SLRC).Read More
This report uses South Sudan as an example to interrogate people’s perceptions of the state, asking what – if not service delivery – fosters state legitimacy.Read More