Andrea Allen

  • Associate Directer, Center for Advanced Study of International Development


202 International Center

Curriculum vitae

Research Interests

    Livelihoods, inclusive approaches to economic development (based on gender, ethnicity, class), political ecology, participatory methods, the Andes, Central America, rural U.S.

Biographical Info

Dr. Allen has over 20 years of experience addressing international development issues related to gender, indigenous populations, agribusiness, natural resource management and social justice. In her current work with the Center for the Advanced Study of International Development (CASID), she teaches a seminar on Economic Development to visiting international Fellows, an online course on Gender and Development, and she contributes to program development for CASID and the Center for Gender in Global Context (GenCen). She holds a Ph.D. degree in Anthropology, with a Food Policy concentration, from the University of Kentucky.
Dr. Allen’s research focuses on: the political ecology of indigenous livelihoods in the context of globalization processes in Nicaragua and Ecuador; and the pedagogy of involving students in engaged,international research and development activities. As Co-PI on a National Science Foundation/ Coupled Natural and Human Systems grant, Dr. Allen’s work examines the effects of road construction and other globalizing influences now connecting the Pearl Lagoon basin, on the Atlantic Coast of Nicaragua, to the country’s more populous central and western regions.


Allen, Andrea M., Daniel Boyd Kramer and Kara Stevens (in progress) Tourism and Livelihood Trends:  The Political Ecology of Development on the Atlantic Coast of Nicaragua.  For submission to Culture, Agriculture, Food and the Environment, the Journal of Culture and Agriculture, American Anthropological Association.
Manfre, Cristina, Deborah Rubin, Andrea Allen, Gale Summerfield, Kathleen Colverson, Mercy Akeredolu (2013) Reducing the Gender Gap in Agricultural Extension and Advisory Services: How to Find the Best Fit for Men and Women Farmers,  MEAS Series on Good Practices and Best Fit Approaches.  For USAID “Modernizing Extension and Advisory Services” (MEAS)
Patch, Kate and Andrea M. Allen (2010) Participant Observation and Community Engagement: An Anthropological Approach to Promote and Assess Transformative Learning with Non- Governmental Organization Internships in Ghana.  Practicing Anthropology. 32(3):32-37.
Allen, Andrea and Robert Hitchcock (2009)  Dos Gatazos: Indigenous Organization and Political Strategy in Two Andean Communities.  Urban Anthropology & Studies of Cultural Systems & World Economic Development, 37(3-4):251-282.
Dept. of Anthropology