IDCE Faculty

Barbara Thomas-Slayter, Ph.D.

Research Professor of International Development and Social Change

Email: bslayter@clarku.edu

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  • International Development and Social Change
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    Research Interests

    Local institutions, women and public policy, peasant-state relations, gender issues, non-governmental organizations

    Biography

    Barbara Thomas-Slayter received her doctorate in political science from Brandeis University in 1981. Her research interests include local institution-building; women and public policy; peasant behavior, household and community resource management; and dynamics of class, ethnicity, and gender in African development. Recently, Barbara Thomas-Slayter was Chair of the CIES Fulbright Selection Committee for Scholars from Africa. She served on the Board of Directors at Oxfam America and was Chair to the Board’s Global Committee. She was also an advisor for PROWID, a project sponsored by the Center for Development and Population Activities (CEDPA) and the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW), promoting women’s organizations in the South.

    Thomas-Slayter participated in a conference hosted by the Center for the Study of Public Scholarship at Emory University and by CARE, USA titled “Women’s Empowerment, Impact Assessment of Development Programs, and Forms of Knowledge: New Horizons for Cross Disciplinary and Participative Research Methods.” She also gave a series of three lectures as part of the Watson International Scholars of the Environment Program at Brown University. The lectures focus on participation, poverty, and the environment.

    Thomas-Slayter carried out an assessment for Oxfam America that provided the basis for re-conceptualizing the role of gender and the ways in which gender concerns might be implemented in programs of the East Asia Regional Office. Currently she is working with a small group of Oxfam America colleagues to prepare a history of the organization since its inception in 1971. She also works with the International Foundation for Science, a Swedish organization that specializes in funding scholarly research of applicants from developing countries. She has assisted by evaluating research grant applications for the past year.

    This past year, Thomas-Slayter contributed a chapter entitled “Perspectives on Oxfam America’s Partnership Model” to the volume on Oxfam America’s history edited by Laura Roper. She has also written a chapter entitled “Participatory Approaches to Community Change, Building Cooperation through Dialogue and Negotiation using Participatory Rural Appraisal” for a handbook for peace edited by Joe DeRivera. Along with Richard Ford and Charity Kabutha, Thomas-Slayter is co-editing a volume entitled Building an African Peace, Women Crossing Lines, Giving Voice, Creating a Future. This spring she again participated in a series of lectures/workshops with the Watson International Scholars of the Environment (WISE) Program at Brown University. The series focused on participation, poverty, and the environment. She continues to evaluate research grant applications for the International Foundation for Science, a Swedish organization that specializes in funding scholarly research of applicants from developing countries.

    Selected Publications

    Southern Exposure, International Development and the Global South in the Twenty-First Century. Kumarian Press, October 2003.

    Dianne Rocheleau, Barbara Thomas-Slayter and Esther Wangari, eds. 1996. Feminist Political Ecology: Global Issues and Local Experiences. New York: Routledge Press.

    Barbara Thomas-Slayter and Genese Sodikoff, "Sustainable investments: women's contributions to natural resource management projects in Africa." Development in Practice, Vol. 11, No. 1, February 2001.

    Barbara Thomas-Slayter and Dianne Rocheleau. 1995. Gender, Environment, and Development in Kenya: A Grassroots Perspective. Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner Publisher.

    Barbara Thomas-Slayter, et al. 1995. A Manual for Socio-Economic and Gender Analysis: Responding to the Development Challenge. Worcester: Clark ECOGEN Publication.

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