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Jane Henrici, Ph.D., Study Director

Jane Henrici, Ph.D., joined IWPR in 2008 with specializations in policy and development in Latin America and the United States, and since then directed IWPR’s research in the Middle East and North Africa. At IWPR, Dr. Henrici directs and contributes to multiple research, evaluation, technical, and outreach projects, particularly those related to poverty, immigration, education, and disasters as they affect women of different race and ethnic groups in different nations. She has directed large-scale IWPR projects that have required teams of up to 20 researchers, data managers, transcribers, and coders. Dr. Henrici received her Master’s from the University of Chicago and Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin. Her doctoral and early postdoctoral research focused on gender and ethnicity in tourism development in the Peruvian southern highlands. She then was contracted to conduct research on the US-Mexico border as part of a team that evaluated a state-wide minority math and science education implementation project, and in Austin and San Antonio, Texas, on food stamp use. Following from those efforts, Dr. Henrici became a Postdoctoral Research Fellow then Research Scientist 1998-2003 for a US-based interdisciplinary project that focused on issues facing low-income women after welfare reform in three cities for which she trained and supervised a team of 23 graduate and undergraduate assistant researchers and qualitative data base managers. She co-authored Poor Families in America’s Health Care Crisis: How the Other Half Pays (Cambridge 2006), and was editor and contributing author for Doing Without: Women and Work after Welfare Reform (Arizona 2006) while teaching anthropology full time at the University of Memphis 2001-2008. She returned in 2006 as a Fulbright Scholar to Peru for a semester-long project on NGOs, women, and the US-Peru trade agreement, also lecturing in anthropology and gender studies at Pontificia Universidad Católica. In addition to books, Dr. Henrici has authored and co-authored published chapters, articles, reviews, and briefs on women and poverty, health care, job training, non-profits/NGOs, tourism development, free trade, fair trade, disasters, immigration, and US low-income housing. She is Professorial Lecturer in the Global Gender Program of the Elliott School of International Affairs and President of the Association for Feminist Anthropology.

Latest Reports from IWPR

Improving Career Opportunities for Immigrant Women In-Home Care Workers
by Jane Henrici, Ph.D. (February 2013)

Improving Career Opportunities for Immigrant Women In-Home Care Workers is one of two IWPR studies focused on ways to improve labor conditions and rights among immigrant women in home care work. This report addresses the lack of employment options and career mobility that many foreign-born women who are care workers—particularly those with limited English proficiency—face within their jobs helping others. Using original expert interviews and an extensive review of the literature, IWPR’s research discusses the need to increase access to high-quality training that specifically targets the needs of immigrant women care workers. Such efforts can help them support themselves and their families through the critically valuable labor of providing assistance in homes to those who are disabled, chronically ill, or elderly and in need of help.

#I925, Report, 36 pages

Increasing Pathways to Legal Status for Immigrant In-Home Care Workers
by Cynthia Hess, Ph.D. and Jane Henrici, Ph.D. (February 2013)

This paper explores options for reforming the U.S. visa system to increase the pathways to legal status for undocumented immigrant women interested in providing long-term care for the elderly and for individuals with disabilities and chronic illnesses. Drawing on a review of relevant literature and consultations with experts, it examines the current visa options for obtaining legal status that allow for employment and the reasons these avenues do not meet the needs of in-home care workers.

#I924, Report, 35 pages

Using Research on the Status of Women to Improve Public Policies in the Middle East and North Africa: A Capacity-Building Toolkit for Nongovernmental Organizations
by Denise L. Baer, Ph.D., Jane Henrici, Ph.D., Layla Moughari, Barbara Gault, Ph.D. (October 2012)

This toolkit provides methods, techniques and tips for individuals and organizations to undertake and use research on the status of women as a mechanism for positive change in the lives of women, their families and communities. It was designed as a part of a larger project, the Status of Women in the Middle East and North Africa (SWMENA).


Organizations Working with Latina Immigrants: Resources and Strategies for Change
by Cynthia Hess, Ph.D. Jane Henrici, Ph.D. and Claudia Williams (March 2011)

IWPR’s study explored the challenges many Latina immigrants face and the ways that nonprofit organizations and congregations strive to address them in three areas with rapidly growing immigrant populations: Atlanta, Georgia; Phoenix, Arizona; and Northern Virginia, a region within the Washington, District of Columbia (DC), metropolitan area.

#I922, report, 108 pages

Figures Excerpted from IWPR’s Upcoming Report, Organizations Working with Latina Immigrants: Resources and Strategies for Change
by Cynthia Hess, Ph.D., Jane M. Henrici, Ph.D., Claudia Williams (February 2011)


Women in New Orleans: Race, Poverty, and Hurricane Katrina
by Allison Suppan Helmuth and Jane M. Henrici, Ph.D. (August 2010)

IWPR analysis of American Community Survey (ACS) and U.S. Census Bureau data1 reveals that after Hurricane Katrina and the evacuation of New Orleans in August 2005, the city’s demographics have changed with respect to race and economic status among women.


Women, Disasters, and Hurricane Katrina
by Jane M. Henrici, Ph.D., Allison Suppan Helmuth, and Jackie Braun (August 2010)

Major disasters during the last decade have pushed planners and researchers to examine more closely the disparities among those hurt when crises hit. Research suggests that women often suffer disproportionately in comparison to most men when disaster strikes, while the elderly, and people in poverty, are more vulnerable than those with more mobility and those with greater access to resources. According to reports addressing disasters occurring outside of the United States, 1.5 times as many women as men died during the 1995 Kobe earthquake, and three times as many women as men died from the 2004 Asian tsunami; age and income level were contributing factors.

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