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Miriam Chaiken

Miriam Chaiken
Distinguished Achievement Professor
Emeritus Faculty

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Expertise: Applied Anthropology


Dr. Chaiken is an applied anthropologist who has conducted research in East Africa and Southeast Asia on a variety of issues in economic development.

Current Interests

Dr. Chaiken’s research interests include the changing status of women in developing countries, participatory development, resettlement, and rural health and nutrition. Her research, in collaboration with humanitarian NGOs, developed strategies to address food insecurity, health care systems, and the need to improve living standards in rural Africa. Her work has been primarily in Kenya and Mozambique, but she has also collaborated on reviews and policy analysis for projects in Ethiopia, Zambia, Rwanda, and Malawi. 

Dr. Chaiken retired from NMSU in 2020, and continues to research and publish as an independant scholar. Learn more on her website: