Martha Chen Photo
Martha Chen
Lecturer in Public Policy
Office:
79 John F. Kennedy St. Brattle Sq 1, HKS 557
617-495-0797
Assistant: Karen McCabe
617-495-4927

Martha Chen is a Lecturer in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, an Affiliated Professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, and International Coordinator of the global research-policy-action network Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing (WIEGO). An experienced development practitioner and scholar, her areas of specialization are employment, gender, and poverty with a focus on the working poor in the informal economy. Before joining Harvard in 1987, she had two decades of resident experience in Bangladesh working with BRAC (now the world's largest non-governmental organization) and in India, where she served as field representative of Oxfam America for India and Bangladesh. Marty received a PhD in South Asia Regional Studies from the University of Pennsylvania. She is the author and editor of numerous books including Bridging Perspectives:  Labour, Informal Employment, and Poverty (co-edited with Namrata Bali and Ravi Kanbur), The Progress of the World’s Women 2005: Women, Work and Poverty (co-authored with Joann Vanek, Francie Lund, James Heintz, Renana Jhabvala and Chris Bonner), Mainstreaming Informal Employment and Gender in Poverty Reduction (co-authored with Marilyn Carr and Joann Vanek), Women and Men in the Informal Economy: A Statistical Picture (co-authored with Joann Vanek and others) and Perpetual Mourning: Widowhood in Rural India. Dr. Chen was awarded a high civilian award, the Padma Shri, by the Government of India in April 2011; and a Friends of Bangladesh Liberation War award by the Government of Bangladesh in December 2012.

Courses

Academic Journal/Scholarly Articles

Books

Book Chapters

Edited Volumes

Contact

Phone: 617-495-0797
Office: 79 John F. Kennedy St. Brattle Sq 1, HKS 557
Assistant: Karen McCabe

Faculty Expertise

Education, Training & Labor
Poverty, Inequality & Opportunity
Advocacy & Social Movements
Cities & Communities
Development & Economic Growth
Globalization
Human Rights & Justice
Non-governmental Organizations

HKS Affiliations

Mailing Address

Harvard Kennedy School
79 John F. Kennedy St.
Cambridge, MA 02138