Dr. Ellen Fitzpatrick is an Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service. She teaches courses in Global Development, Program Evaluation and Economics for Public Service.
Fitzpatrick is a global agricultural economist with over 25 years in field research, program evaluation, and university teaching/ mentoring in Southeast Asia, the South Pacific, Latin America, Turkey, and Africa. Her experience includes management of complex evaluative research using mixed-method data analysis. She manages large teams, addresses challenges in the field, and communicates results to academics, donors, development professionals, and the public.
Previously, she served as Associate Professor of Economics and Director of the Latin American Studies program at the State University of New York, Plattsburgh where she initiated field service programs that placed students in service learning experiences in Latin America, Southeast Asia, Africa, and Turkey. She also coordinated the development of a new major in global studies and taught courses on international political economy, sustainability and development, and global experiential learning. These efforts earned her the SUNY-Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2010.
Fitzpatrick earned her bachelor’s degrees in Economics and Southeast Asian Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz. She completed her master’s degree in Agricultural Economics at the University of California, Davis and earned a Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics at Michigan State University.
Fitzpatrick’s research areas include The Dynamics of Sustainable Regional Economies; Program Design, Evaluation, and Impact Assessment; Sustainable Food and Livelihood Systems; and Social Capital Development and Measurement.
Since 2015, she has gained experience as a Senior Scholar in Global Development at Heifer International. At Heifer, she directs strategic planning for research and evaluation priorities, supervises graduate students conducting evaluative research globally, trains Heifer field staff in cutting edge field research skills, and conducts evaluative research assessing the impact of Heifer’s development model in Latin and Central America, Africa, and Asia.
Fitzpatrick is the principle investigator for an ongoing project with Heifer International, “Evaluating the Sustainability of Livelihood Impacts of Conditional Cash Transfer Households through Sustainable Agriculture Project in the Philippines.” She recently concluded a five-month period as principle investigator for “Meta Evaluation of a Global Design, Monitoring and Evaluation System, Mennonite Council of Churches.”
Fitzpatrick’s technical reports include Evaluating the Asset Transfer Model for Facilitating Sustainable Livelihoods in Malawi; An Assessment of Heifer International’s Food Security Strategy in the Coffee Sector – The Americas 2006-2016; and Nepal SLVC: Strengthening Smallholder Enterprises in Livestock Value Chain, all with Heifer International.
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