Martha Chen, Harvard Kennedy School

Center for Nonprofit Organizations Lecturer School of Government Cambridge, Massachusetts Martha_Chen@harvard.edu Office: (617) 495-0797

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Martha Chen is a Lecturer in Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School and International Coordinator of the global research-policy-action network Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing (WIEGO). An experienced development practitioner and scholar, her areas of specialization are em...

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Bio/Research

Martha Chen is a Lecturer in Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School and International Coordinator of the global research-policy-action network Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing (WIEGO). An experienced development practitioner and scholar, her areas of specialization are employment, gender, and poverty with a focus on the working poor in the informal economy.

Before joining Harvard in 1987, she had twodecades of resident experience in Bangladesh working with BRAC (now the world's largest non-governmental organization) and in India,where she served as field representative of Oxfam America for Indiaand Bangladesh. Marty received a PhD in South Asia Regional Studiesfrom the University of Pennsylvania.

She is the author of numerous books including Bridging Perspectives: Labour, InformalEmployment, and Poverty (co-edited with Namrata Bali and RaviKanbur), The Progress of the World’s Women 2005: Women, Workand Poverty (co-authored with Joann Vanek, Francie Lund, James Heintz, Renana Jhabvala and Chris Bonner), Mainstreaming Informal Employment and Gender in Poverty Reduction(co-authored with Joann Vanek and Marilyn Carr), Women and Men in the Informal Economy: A Statistical Picture (co-authoredwith Joann Vanek) and Perpetual Mourning: Widowhood in RuralIndia. Dr. Chen was awarded a high civilian award, the Padma Shri, by the Government of India in April 2011; and a Friends of Bangladesh Liberation War award by the Government of Bangladesh in December 2012.



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