Lecturer and Research Associate, Department of Global Development
Director of Undergraduate Studies, Department of Global Development
Aubryn Allyn Sidle is Director of Undergraduate Studies, Lecturer and Research Associate in the Department of Global Development at Cornell University, where she teaches courses related to gender, gender and development theory, data for policy making, and program evaluation. Dr. Sidle’s research is located at the intersection of community-driven development, gender, and education. Her current work combines qualitative and quantitative methods to investigate questions related to the practice and measurement of gender empowerment. Dr. Sidle works collaboratively with community practitioners, schools, and program implementers to develop research that is relevant to communities' needs, and that supports improved education practice for the benefit of children and youth.
As an educator, Dr. Sidle is passionate about training students to be excellent thinkers and writers who are able to use both social theory and data to inform their work as future professionals. She uses the theories of diverse scholars in her courses as tools with which to frame, analyze, unpack, and problem solve pressing development challenges related to equity, inclusion, and impact. Her courses are designed to facilitate ongoing dialogue between applied case studies in community development and theoretical readings from scholars representing diverse, racial, ethnic, gender, and national identities. She believes that effective leaders must be practiced at considering the implications of these and other social identities on the lived experience of program participation and implementation.
Dr. Sidle’s scholarship and teaching is informed by extensive professional experience in the development and youth sectors. Most recently she served as an NGO executive where she managed relationships with donors, policy makers, and advocacy initiatives in the global education space. She has consulted on issues of program design, strategic planning, and monitoring and evaluation for youth serving nonprofit organizations in the US, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Uganda, Malawi, and Cameroon. While in Washington, DC, Dr. Sidle served on the Steering Committee for Coalition for Adolescent Girls and advised on the Malawi strategy for the First Lady’s Let Girls Learn Initiative. Her research and programmatic work has been featured by the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) at the World Bank, the House Foreign Affairs Committee, The United Nation’s Girls’ Education Initiative (UNGEI), and the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI).
Ph.D. in Development Sociology, Cornell University
Master of Science in Development Management, London School of Economics
Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and Africana Studies, Cornell University, magna cum laude
Gender & development
Dr. Sidle co-founded the Girls’ Agency Lab (GAL) at AMPLIFY Girls, where she collaborates on feminist evaluation research projects with an outstanding team of scientists, practitioners, and 45 community-driven organizations located across five countries in East Africa. At GAL, Dr. Sidle supports a research portfolio related to the practice and measurement of adolescent girls’ agency, and the impact of African-led organizations on girls’ outcomes. Her recent projects include a four-country longitudinal study of adolescent girls’ agency (in Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda and Tanzania), and a Randomized Control Trial and Process Tracing Study evaluating the Binti Shupavu (“Courageous Daughters”) program in Tanzania, funded by the Spencer Foundation. During the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, she co-designed a qualitative study that was the first to document East African girls’ experiences of school lockdowns. For her dissertation research, she led the development and validation of a psychometric measure of adolescent girls’ agency in East Africa and continues to collaborate on ongoing work related to the AMPLIFY Agency measure and its validation in 5 countries in sub-Saharan Africa.
Locally, Dr. Sidle supports community nonprofits through a pro-bono consulting practice and through student project engagement in her courses. Dr. Sidle’s students produce program evaluation designs for nonprofits in the broader Ithaca area. Students in her Data & Development course produce data visualization dashboards to help community development agencies make decisions about program investment, growth and restructuring in upstate New York.
- “Validating a Measure of Girls’ Agency: a Five-Country Validation and Adaptation of the Amplify Agency Survey” (2023-2024, $1.5 million). Echidna Giving, Be that Girl Foundation, Antelope Foundation & Anonymous. Principal Investigator, with Brenda Oulo (Co-PI).
- “Does Mentoring Increase Girls’ Empowerment? A Mixed-Methods Experimental Evaluation of the Binti Shupavu in Tanzania.” (2022-2026, $396,000). The Spencer Foundation. A collaboration between AMPLIFY Girls, The University of Dar es Salaam, and the Girls’ Livelihood and Mentoring Initiative (GLAMI). Co-Principal Investigator with Brenda Oulo (PI), Eugenia Kafanabo (Co-Investigator, UDSM) and Monica Swai (Co-Investigator, GLAMI)
- “Understanding the Barriers to Girls School Return After COVID-related School Closures in East Africa.” Echidna Giving. (2020-2021, $117,000) A collaboration with AMPLIFY Girls.
- “Soft Skills, Hard Outcomes: Emplacing Agency in Girls’ Education Practice.” Funded with generous support from Echidna Giving ($300,000), Einaudi Center at Cornell University, AWARE Project at Cornell University ($2,500). (2018-2020). Dissertation research completed under the supervision of Professor Parfait Eloundou-Enyegue.
- Fulbright-Hays DDRA Fellow, $56,000 (awarded but declined), US Department of Education (2018)
- Advancing Women in Agriculture through Research and Education (AWARE) Fellowship, $2,500, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Cornell University (2018 )
- Engaged Cornell Research Fellow, $15,000, Cornell Office of Engaged Initiatives (2017)
- Honorable Mention, National Science Foundation Graduation Student Fellowship (2017)
Publications and Reports
- Sidle, A., & Oulo, B. (2023). Assessment of a Practitioner-Derived Framework for Measuring Girl’s Agency in East Africa. Comparative Education Review.
- Sidle, A.A., Oulo, B., Osano, N. (2022) “Tracking Girls’ Agency: An Outcome Evaluation of Diverse Programming from Among Community-Driven Organizations in East Africa.” AMPLIFY Research Brief. Nairobi, Kenya.
- Oulo, B., Sidle, A.A., Kintzi, K., Mwangi, M., Akello, I. (2021) “Understanding the Barriers to Girls’ School Return: Girls’ Voices from the Frontline of the COVID-19 Pandemic in East Africa.” AMPLIFY Girls Research Brief. Nairobi, Kenya.
- Oulo, B., Sidle, A.A., Butler, M. (2021) “Stemming Pandemic-Related Losses in Girls’ Education: Promising Practice from the AMPLIFY Collective.” AMPLIFY Girls Research Brief. Nairobi, Kenya.
- Sidle, A.A. (2019) “Action on Agency: A Theoretical Framework for Defining and Operationalizing Agency in Girls’ Life Skills Programs.” Gendered Perspectives on International Development Working Paper Series, University of Michigan.
- Sidle, A.A., Ahigika, D., Aszed, W., Bashuna, S., Belle, S., Bideri, D., Bohart, E., Butler, M., Fortunate, K.H., Fowler, Z., Kamau, L., Littman, J., Makumayenzi, V., Mariki, E., Mirisho, A., Musumba, P., Omare, M., Omondi, D., Oulo, B., Oyugi, D., Sarakikya, E., Wolf, K. (2019) “Measuring Girls’ Agency in East Africa—Co-Creating Contextually Specific Tools for Evaluation: Lessons from the AMPLIFY Girls Collective.” AMPLIFY White Paper. AMPLIFY Girls: Nairobi Kenya.
- Sidle, A.A., Stoebenau, K., Steinhaus, M. (2015). “Agency and Empowerment—An Assessment of AGE Africa’s CHATS Girls’ Club Program in Southern Malawi.” UNGEI Good Practice Fund Case Study Report. United Nations Girls’ Education Initiative. New York, NY.
- Festo, D., Sidle, A.A. Paper presentation. (April 2022). “Can Mentoring Improve Girls’ Agency and Education? A Proposed Mixed Methods Evaluation of the Binti Shupavu Program in Tanzania.” Presented at the 66th annual conference of the Comparative International Education Society (CIES), in Minneapolis, MN.
- Sidle, A.A. Paper presentation. (April 2022). “COVID-related Pregnancy and Learning Loss: A Crisis in the Making for the Most Vulnerable Girls in East Africa.” Presented at the 66th annual conference of the Comparative International Education Society (CIES), in Minneapolis, MN.
- Sidle, A.A. Panel Chair. (April 2021). “Overcoming Pandemic Losses in Girls’ Education: Returning Adolescent Girls to School After COVID-Related School Closures.” Presented at the 65th annual conference of the Comparative International Education Society (CIES), virtual.
- Oulo, B., Sidle, A.A., Mwangi, M. Paper Presentation. (April 2021) “Understanding the Barriers to Girls’ School Return: Girls’ Voices from East Africa.” Presented at the 65th annual conference of the Comparative International Education Society (CIES), virtual.
- Sidle, A.A., Ahigika, D., Aszed, W., Bashuna, S., Belle, S., Bideri, D., Bohart, E., Butler, M., Fortunate, K.H., Fowler, Z., Kamau, L., Littman, J., Makumayenzi, V., Mariki, E., Mirisho, A., Musumba, P., Omare, M., Omondi, D., Oulo, B., Oyugi, D., Sarakikya, E., Wolf, K. Paper presentation. (March 2020). “Measuring Girls’ Agency in East Africa—Co-Creating Contextually Specific Tools for Evaluation: Lessons from the AMPLIFY Girls Collective.” Paper Presented at the 64th annual conference of the Comparative International Education Society (CIES), Miami Florida.
- Sidle, A.A. (March 2019). “Operationalizing a Local Definition of Agency in Girls’ Education Practice in East Africa.” Paper presented at the 63rd annual conference of the Comparative International Education Society Conference (CIES), in San Francisco California.
- Sidle, A.A. (October 20th 2018). “Action on Agency: A Theoretical Framework for Defining and Operationalizing Agency in Girls’ Education Practice.” Paper Presentation at the 7th annual Sociology of Development Conference, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
- Sidle, A.A. (October 10th, 2017). “Overcoming Challenges Empowering Girls: Spotlight on Promoting Girls’ Education and Ending Child Marriage.” Panelist at the House Foreign Affairs Committee International Day of the Girl Event, Washington DC.
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