Faculty Biography


Barbara Thomas-Slayter

IDCE Research Professor
Department of International Development, Community, and Environment
Clark University
Worcester, MA 01610-1477

(508) 793-7201 phone
email: bslayter@clarku.edu


Barbara Thomas-Slayter received her doctorate in political science from Brandeis University in 1981. Her research interests include local institution-building; women and public policy; peasant behavior, household and community resource management; and dynamics of class, ethnicity, and gender in African development. Recently, Barbara Thomas-Slayter was Chair of the CIES Fulbright Selection Committee for Scholars from Africa. She served on the Board of Directors at Oxfam America and was Chair to the Board’s Global Committee. She was also an advisor for PROWID, a project sponsored by the Center for Development and Population Activities (CEDPA) and the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW), promoting women’s organizations in the South.

Thomas-Slayter participated in a conference hosted by the Center for the Study of Public Scholarship at Emory University and by CARE, USA titled “Women’s Empowerment, Impact Assessment of Development Programs, and Forms of Knowledge: New Horizons for Cross Disciplinary and Participative Research Methods.” She also gave a series of three lectures as part of the Watson International Scholars of the Environment Program at Brown University. The lectures focus on participation, poverty, and the environment.

Thomas-Slayter carried out an assessment for Oxfam America that provided the basis for re-conceptualizing the role of gender and the ways in which gender concerns might be implemented in programs of the East Asia Regional Office. Currently she is working with a small group of Oxfam America colleagues to prepare a history of the organization since its inception in 1971. She also works with the International Foundation for Science, a Swedish organization that specializes in funding scholarly research of applicants from developing countries. She has assisted by evaluating research grant applications for the past year.

Selected Publications

Southern Exposure, International Development and the Global South in the Twenty-First Century. Kumarian Press, forthcoming October 2003.

Dianne Rocheleau, Barbara Thomas-Slayter and Esther Wangari, eds. 1996. Feminist Political Ecology: Global Issues and Local Experiences. New York: Routledge Press.

Barbara Thomas-Slayter and Genese Sodikoff, "Sustainable investments: women's contributions to natural resource management projects in Africa." Development in Practice, Vol. 11, No. 1, February 2001.

Barbara Thomas-Slayter and Dianne Rocheleau. 1995. Gender, Environment, and Development in Kenya: A Grassroots Perspective. Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner Publisher.

Barbara Thomas-Slayter, et al. 1995. A Manual for Socio-Economic and Gender Analysis: Responding to the Development Challenge. Worcester: Clark ECOGEN Publication.