Rachel Parker

Rachel Parker

Senior research advisor, U.S. Agency for International Development

Rachel Parker has a PhD in Sociology from the University of California, Santa Barbara where she was a graduate research fellow at the Center for Nanotechnology in Society.  Dr. Parker's dissertation investigated the role of high-technology investment as a mechanism for economic development.  She spent several summers conducting field work in China including one summer at the Center for Industrial Development and Economic Governance at Tsinghua University as an NSF-supported East Asia and Pacific Summer Institute fellow.  Following the completion of her PhD, Dr. Parker began work as a Research Staff Member at the Science and Technology Policy Institute (STPI) where she has conducted policy analyses related to nanotechnology policy domestically and program evaluation for the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health.  Her evaluation work has focused on the development of metrics for research capacity building domestically and internationally.  She is currently a senior research advisor at the U.S. Agency for International Development, where she manages the Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research (PEER) program and is also developing a portfolio related to institutional research capacity building.  She is co-editor of the Routledge published book Can Technologies Make a Difference in Development.