Deborah is a leading expert on gender and social systems analysis and Co-Director of the consulting firm Cultural Practice, LLC. She has Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology with over 25 years of experience on strategic planning and evaluation, and agricultural policy research, economic growth, business development, and poverty reduction. She is primary author of “Promoting Gender Equitable Opportunities in Agricultural Value Chains: A Handbook.” She leads CP’s cutting edge work on gender and agriculture, based on the handbook, which guides much of USAID’s current work on gender and food security. Dr. Rubin has worked extensively with both the land grant and private university communities, evaluating USAID-funded agricultural research grants and leading a team of agricultural scientists to identify new priorities for the agency’s investments in agriculture and NRM, which resulted in a reframing USAID’s agricultural and NRM research programs. As a result of her earlier work, the universities contracted with CP to document and synthesize 30 years of achievement by the USAID funded Collaborative Research Support Programs.
She has a Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology from Johns Hopkins University and a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from Brown University. She held an Agriculture and Rural Development Fellowship from the Rockefeller Foundation, a AAAS fellowship, a MacArthur Foundation research and writing award and a Fulbright fellowship.