Anastasia Marshak

Anastasia Marshak Senior Researcher

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

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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 holds a Ph.D. from the Friedman School of Nutrition in the Food Policy and Nutrition program, with a focus on humanitarian assistance.

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News Items

Feinstein faculty and researchers publish three articles in Field Exchange
June 13, 2021

Feinstein International Center faculty and researchers published three articles in May issue of the Field Exchange. Click here to download the full issue.  Merry Fitzpatrick et al’s article, “Kwashiorkor –…

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Anastasia Marshak et al publish about seasonality of malnutrition in the IJER
February 18, 2021

Anastasia Marshak, Aishwarya Venkat, Helen Young, and Elena Naumova published “How Seasonality of Malnutrition Is Measured and Analyzed” in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. This article…

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Feinstein Research Projects

Nutrition in Africa’s drylands: updating the conceptual framework for addressing acute malnutrition

This project proposes updates to the generally accepted conceptual framework of malnutrition causality. These updates elaborate on the drivers of acute malnutrition in drylands based on new evidence.  We explore these updates through a variety of forums.

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Social Connectedness, Livelihoods, and Resilience in Complex Emergencies

In this partnership with Mercy Corps, the Feinstein International Center team investigates the nature of social networks and social connectedness, and explores how humanitarian assistance can strengthen these as a key aspect of resilience, recovery and relief interventions in complex humanitarian emergencies.

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Feinstein Publications

Seasonality of Acute Malnutrition and its Drivers in Sila Province, Chad: a mixed methods analysis

This report explores the seasonal patterns of acute malnutrition and its key drivers in the Goz Beida Region of Chad. 

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Livestock marketing and gendered decision-making in Karamoja, Uganda
By Anastasia Marshak, Elizabeth Stites | December 2020

This briefing paper is based on a midline quantitative survey for the Apolou project in the Karamoja sub-region of Uganda.

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