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Anastasia Marshak

Assistant Research Professor of Nutrition, Tufts University

Anastasia Marshak’s research at Feinstein International Center aims to make humanitarian programming more appropriate and impartial by showing the value of and advocating for more data- and evidence-driven approaches. Her main body of work focuses on improving the field’s understanding of the drivers of malnutrition in complex contexts. As part of this she develops and applies improved methods to identify those drivers. Anastasia also supports improved programming in the areas of early marriage and the long-term impact of conflict on livelihoods and access to services applying a variety of methods, including program evaluations. Recently, Anastasia studied the effects of human rights abuses that took place during attacks on IDP camps in northern Uganda as part of a trial for the International Criminal Court (ICC). In addition to her research, Anastasia teaches introductory and intermediate statistics at the Friedman School.

Anastasia has expertise in quantitative analysis, research design, and nutrition. Prior to joining Feinstein, Anastasia worked for the MIT Poverty Action Lab and the World Bank in Sierra Leone.

She holds a B.S. in quantitative economics and international relations from Tufts University and an M.A. in economics from Boston University. She holds a Ph.D. from the Friedman School of Nutrition in the Food Policy and Nutrition Program, with a focus on humanitarian assistance.


  • 2010–2023
    Senior Researcher, Feinstein International Center
  • 2022–2023
    Assistant Research Professor, Tufts University
  • 2008–2009
    Field Coordinator, World Bank
  • 2007–2008
    Researcher, Jameel Poverty Action Lab