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Nancy Ellen Horn

Guest Lecturer
Nancy Horn

I am an applied anthropologist with more than 30 years of experience working in approximately 56 countries as a senior evaluator, leading, designing and conducting evaluations; improving organizational systems; and focusing on gender in all aspects of project development and implementation.  I am an experienced program manager, skilled trainer using adult education and participatory methods, having effectively conducted dozens of workshops.   I have been awarded grants to develop programs or conduct research.  My publications include four books, numerous articles and monographs, research reports developed on the basis of consultancies, and training “manuals” for independent study and workshop facilitation.  I have provided assistance in the following areas to more than ten USAID missions, numerous NGOs implementing development projects, and educational institutions: 

  • Project and program evaluation/development of M&E systems in: education (primary, secondary, higher), microfinance, democracy & governance, conflict, media, organizational development, economic growth, child labor, community development, agricultural marketing, training, impact assessments.
  • Capacity building/organizational development in: USAID, NGOs, Peace Corps, faith-based organizations, colleges and universities, boards, in the areas of:  conducting a census, building board capacity, creating an MA program in leadership, human resource development, strategic planning, rural income generation and community development.
  • Gender in:  USAID, donor-funded projects, institutional development, agriculture, microfinance, education, income-generating activities, learning needs assessments, teaching university courses, developing indicators in all sectors.
  • Program Management/Leadership in:  managing a joint university/NGO partnership, directing a global microfinance NGO training department, leading learning institutes, directing research efforts, recruiting Peace Corps Volunteers, conducting strategic planning exercises, diagnosing and finding solutions to organizational problems
  • Reconciliation and Forgiveness in:  guiding a board through a reconciliation process to heal a 20-year dispute in Ethiopia; recommending R&F processes in several evaluations in which the post-conflict challenges were preventing the optimum achievement of development results; creating interfaith dialogues among disparate Christian groups in Ethiopia; facilitating Dialogues to resolve long-standing gender disputes in Ethiopia.
  • Research and Writing in:  transforming post-communist societies, conducting a census, developing academic guidelines, governance, finance, feasibility studies, horticultural marketing, youth development, farmer learning needs.
  • University Teaching /Workshop Facilitation in:  project and program evaluation, impact assessment, strategic planning, organizational development, non-profit board development, internationalizing the curriculum, leadership, ethnographic methods, African cultures, English as a Second Language.
  • Proposal/Grant Writing for:  CHP International, Opportunity International, Fulbright, Michigan State University, Washington State University, Wayne State University, National Science Foundation, UC Santa Barbara.
Primary Classification: 
  • B.A. (Hons.), Political Science, University of California at Berkeley, 1972-73
  • M.A., African Studies, University of California at Los Angeles, 1973-74
  • M.A.T., TESL, School for International Training, Brattleboro, Vermont, 1975-77
  • Ph.D., Anthropology, Michigan State University, 1981-88
Academic Experience: 
  • Adjunct Professor, American University, January 1995 – Present

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