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Ph.D., M.A. Binghamton University

Marion Pratt

Assistant Professor

Dr. Pratt is a sociocultural anthropologist with a particular focus on applied anthropology in international development and disaster assistance. A former freshwater fisheries Peace Corps Volunteer in Niger, she continued work in developing countries as a Science and Diplomacy Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, at the U.S. Agency for International Development in Washington, D.C. She stayed at USAID from 1995–2012 as the Social Science Advisor in the Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance, where she provided technical assistance to US government personnel, non-governmental organizations, foreign country nationals, and the U.S. Department of Defense in the areas of culture, gender, fisheries, and natural resource management. She collaborated with USAID colleagues, United Nations organizations, and NGOs to produce a comprehensive toolkit on fuel-efficient stoves in humanitarian settings. Her most recent publications and research have focused on Sudanese refugees in the U.S. She is the Grants Resource Officer for the social sciences and humanities in the College of Arts and Science, helping faculty and graduate students secure funding for research and study.