Ariel Schwartz is a Doctoral Candidate in Public Affairs. She also currently is the Director of Distance Learning at the Center for Social Impact Strategy at the University of Pennsylvania's School of Social Policy and Practice, and will pursue a post-doctoral fellowship at this center when she completes her studies. Ariel's dissertation qualitatively examines how grassroots social sector organizations in developing countries can make good use of computing technology, especially in the context of foreign aid. During her dissertation data collection in 2013 Ariel was based at the Technology for Emerging Markets Group at Microsoft Research, India, to study ten Indian deployments of a mobile application to groups of female community health workers. Previously, Ariel was a Research Development Specialist at the Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy (ISERP), and Program Manager at the Initiative for Policy Dialogue, both at Columbia University. In 2008 Ariel co-founded, and currently directs, Maria's Libraries, a US-based not-for-profit organization striving in Kenya for information access and social, political, economic, and cultural development through community libraries. Ariel holds a BA in Government and an MPA from Cornell University.
Research Interests: International Cooperation, Global Public Goods Provision, Development