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Maria Elisa Christie, Ph.D.

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Dr. Maria Elisa Christie is Director of Women and Gender in International Development at the Center for International Research, Education, and Development at Virginia Tech. She holds a Ph.D. in geography from the University of Texas at Austin. She has more than 25 years of experience in international development, working with a variety of development, research, and non-governmental agencies around the world and with governments in the U.S. and Mexico. Dr. Christie’s research focuses on gendered spaces and everyday life in nature/society relations, participatory research methodologies, kitchens and gardens, and women’s reciprocity networks. 

She has published a book, Kitchenspace: Women, Fiestas, and Everyday Life in Central Mexico, with the University of Texas Press and articles in a variety of academic journals. These include an article in The Geographical Review’s special issue on gardens, for which she was a guest editor, as well as an article on gendered territory in Gender, Place, and Culture. More recently, she has published articles on gender and development in: the Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography; Agriculture and Human Values; Development in Practice; GeoJournal; Gender, Technology and Development, and International Journal of Sociology and Anthropology, and Gender and Education. Her research has taken her to Cambodia, Vietnam, Nepal, the Philippines, Bangladesh, Mali, Ghana, Senegal, Uganda, Kenya, Bolivia, and Mexico among other countries. She has extensive experience holding gender workshops and supervising students throughout the world. Dr. Christie is originally from Sevilla, Spain.