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Monica Carlson

Doctoral Student
Monica Carlson

Monica Carlson is a PhD candidate with Tulane University’s Payson Center for International Development. After spending the past three years working for USAID in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Ms. Carlson became interested in the association between gender-based violence and conflict in the DRC context. Using Demographic Health Survey data released in October 2014, Ms. Carlson’s doctoral research will explore individual and community level factors that place Congolese women at greater risk of experiencing violence. Her research is titled “Individual and Contextual Determinants of Gender-Based Violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Role of Armed Conflict: A Multilevel Analysis.”

Ms. Carlson has a Master’s of Science in International Development from Tulane University and a Bachelor’s degree in Foreign Affairs (with a specialization in African Affairs) and French from the University of Virginia. She is a Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and has been posted to Port-au-Prince, Haiti (2009 to 2011) and Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo (2011 to 2014). Starting in September 2015, she will be posted to USAID’s Bureau of Policy, Planning and Learning in Washington D.C. Prior to joining USAID, Ms. Carlson managed two USAID-funded programs for Tulane’s Payson Center at the West African Health Organization in Burkina Faso. She has also worked for USAID’s Office of Food for Peace in Washington D.C., covering emergency and development food aid programs. 

Primary Classification: 
Secondary Classification: 
  • B.A., University of Virginia, French/Foreign Affairs, 2001
  • M.S., Tulane University, International Development, 2004
  • PHD Candidate., Tulane University, expected 2015
Country Experience: 
Congo (Kinshasa)
Burkina Faso

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