Hannah Schwarz

MPS Class of 2023, Global Development

Grand challenge: Participatory research and project design that engages marginalized communities, particularly women and girls, to define problems and design development solutions

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Hannah Schwarz is a development practitioner with a background in gender and sexual reproductive health. As an MPS student in Global Development Program, Hannah seeks to advance her skills in qualitative participatory research and project design with marginalized communities, particularly women and girls. Hannah is a Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellow with Cornell's South Asia Program and speaks Nepali. She is interested in utilizing participatory methodologies in program design at the intersection of gender, identity, and cultural belief in South Asia. Prior to attending Cornell, she worked at the Asia Foundation in Washington, DC where she oversaw reporting for six USAID-funded projects and contributed to the Women’s Advancement and Leadership in STEM Portfolio. She previously served in the Peace Corps in Nepal where she founded the Menstrual Health and Management Program.

Hannah holds a Bachelor of Arts in Politics and Women’s and Gender Studies from Willamette University. She is originally from Boise, Idaho.