Daniel G. Maxwell

Professor and Research Director at the Feinstein International Center, Director of the MAHA Program at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University

  • MS, Cornell University
  • PhD, Development Studies and Economic Sociology, University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • BS, Wilmington College


Daniel G. Maxwell is Professor and Research Director at the Feinstein International Center and Director of the MAHA Program at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University. He leads a program of research on livelihoods and food insecurity in complex emergencies, humanitarian action, and agency effectiveness. He also teaches on humanitarian action, complex emergencies, and disaster management. Before joining the faculty at Tufts, he was the Deputy Regional Director for CARE in Eastern and Central Africa, and prior to that, the Regional Program Coordinator and Regional Food Security and Livelihoods Advisor in the same office. He has also worked at the International Food Policy Research Institute, the Land Tenure Center and Mennonite Central Committee. He holds a MS from Cornell (1986) and a PhD from the University of Wisconsin (1995). In 2005, a book co-authored with Chris Barrett, Food Aid after Fifty Years: Recasting its Role, won critical acclaim and sparked critical debate within the humanitarian and food aid sectors. He just recently published another book entitled, Shaping the Humanitarian World, co-authored with Peter Walker.

Professional Activities
  • Research Director, Food Security and Livelihoods in Complex Emergencies, Feinstein International Center, Tufts University
  • Prior to academia, over twenty years of leadership in NGO program development and management
  • Positions include: Deputy Regional Director (2003-2006) and Regional Program Coordinator (2002-2003) CARE-International, East and Central Africa Regional Management Unit
  • Regional Food Security Advisor, CARE-International, East Africa Regional Management Unit (1998-2002)
  • Rockefeller Fellow, International Food Policy Research Institute and Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research (1995-1998)

Research Interests
  • Humanitarianism
  • livelihoods and food security
  • food aid
  • humanitarian operations and policy
• "Market Information and Food Insecurity Response Analysis.” Food Security. Vol. 1(2) pp.151–168.
• "Measuring Food Insecurity: Can an Indicator Based on Localized Coping Behaviors be Used to Compare Across Contexts?” Food Policy Vol. 33(6), pp.533-540.
• "Global factors shaping the future of food aid: Implications for the World Food Programme.” Disasters, Special Supplement on the Sudan Food Aid Forum (forthcoming).
• "Towards A Global Food Aid Compact,” (co-author) Food Policy (2006).
• Maxwell, Daniel G. "Why Do Famines Persist?: A Brief Review of Ethiopia 1999-2000." IDS Bulletin 33, no. 4 (2002): 48-54.
Maxwell, Daniel G and Ben Watkins. "Humanitarian Information Systems and Emergencies in the Greater Horn of Africa: Logical Components and Logical Linkages." Disasters 27, no. 1 (2003): 72-90.
Maxwell, Daniel G and Catherine Longley. "Livelihoods, Chronic Conflict and Humanitarian Response: A Review of Current Approaches." Natural Resource Perspectives 89, (2003).
Maxwell, Daniel G and Laura Hammond. "The Ethiopian Crisis of 1999-2000: Lessons Learned, Questions Unanswered." Disasters 26, no. 3 (2002): 262-279.

• Shaping the Humanitarian World. Series on Global Institutions. London: Routledge. (with Peter Walker).
Maxwell, Daniel G and Christopher Barrett. Food Aid After Fifty Years: Recasting Its Role. Routledge, 2005.

• Maxwell, Daniel G. "The Importance of Urban Agriculture to Food and Nutrition." In Annotated Bibliography on Urban Agriculture, eds. Wietse Bruinsma and Wilfrid Hertog, ETC Urban Agriculture Programme, 2001.

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Tufts University, 200 Boston Avenue, Suite 4800
Medford, MA, 02155

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