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Ariel Schwartz

I am a Doctoral Candidate in Public Affairs at the University of Texas. My interdisciplinary research sits at the intersection of Development Studies, Information Studies, and Organizational Science, and my dissertation qualitatively examines how community level social sector organizations in developing countries can make good use of computing technology, especially in the context of foreign aid. During my dissertation data collection in 2013 I was based in Bangalore at the Technology for Emerging Markets Group at Microsoft Research, India. From there I completed case studies of 10 Indian health projects' deployment of CommCare, a mobile phone-based application (a job aid and client monitoring tool) to groups of female community health workers. Back at UT Austin, as I write my dissertation I am also pursuing a portfolio in Applied Statistical Modeling. Previously, I was Research Development Specialist at the Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy (ISERP) at Columbia University. Prior to working at ISERP, I was a Program Manager at the Initiative for Policy Dialogue, also at Columbia University. In 2008 I also co-founded, and currently direct, Maria's Libraries, a US-based not-for-profit organization striving for information access and social, political, economic and cultural development through community libraries in Kenya. I hold a BA in Government concentrating in Foreign Policy and International Development, and an MPA concentrating in International Relations, both from Cornell University.

Research Interests: International Cooperation, Global Public Goods Provision, Development