Rachel Gordon

Rachel GordonResearcher (Former Employee)

Rachel Gordon conducted research for and managed the South Sudan and Uganda programs of the Secure Livelihoods Research Consortium (SLRC) at Feinstein from 2012 through 2016. She also conducted research on teenage pregnancy with SLRC Sierra Leone program and led the consortium’s Gender Task Team.

While in graduate school, Rachel worked on several Feinstein projects as a research assistant. She has worked with MIT/USAID’s Urban Resilience in Chronic Violence project and with the International Gender and Disaster Network. She has also worked on risk and crisis management for several international education and development organizations.

Rachel has a B.A., cum laude, in international studies and history from Macalester College in St. Paul, MN. She has dual master’s degrees, with a focus on urban resilience and marginalized populations, from The Fletcher School and the department of Urban and Environmental Policy & Planning at Tufts University.

News Items

Rachel Gordon discusses Uganda research at the 19th Annual Sustainable Development Conference
December 8, 2016

Rachel Gordon discussed the results of Secure Livelihoods Research Consortium (SLRC) projects at the 19th Annual Sustainable Development Conference hosted by the Sustainable Development Policy Institute in Islamabad, Pakistan. On…

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Feinstein researchers publish on Uganda, disabilities, and war crimes in Third World Thematics
December 1, 2016

On December 1, Feinstein researchers published an article in Third World Thematics. The article, “Disability and recovery from war in northern Uganda,” explores the prevalence and impact of disabilities resulting from…

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Feinstein Research Projects

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

Statebuilding and legitimacy: experiences of South Sudan

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.

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Key Lessons Learned on International Engagement

This paper explains that aid actors in South Sudan have largely failed because they applied technical solutions to political problems.

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