Arland Thornton

Rachael Pierotti

Ph.D., Sociology, University of Michigan

Rachael Pierotti is a Research Specialist in the World Bank's Africa Region Gender Innovation Lab. Her research examines the causes and consequences of gender inequality in sub-Saharan Africa, as well as the effectiveness of programs designed to combat its detrimental effects. Her work is particularly attentive to the systems of belief that legitimate ongoing gender inequality, and how those beliefs relate to health, demographic, and economic behaviors. Rachael collaborated with other members of the DI studies team to examine the reach of developmental idealism in Malawi.








Recent Pub

Allendorf, "Conflict and Compatibility? Developmental Idealism and Gendered Differences in Marital Choice." Journal of Marriage and Family

Recent Pub

Thornton, Dorius, Swindle, Young-Demarco, Moaddel. "Middle Eastern Beliefs about the Causal Linkages of Development to Freedom, Democracy, and Human Rights." Sociology of Development.

Recent Pub

Kiss, Tamás. "Escaping the "Balkanizing" Gaze? Perceptions of Global and Internal Developmental Hierarchies in Romania." East European Politics and Societies.

Reading History Sideways

The method of reading history sideways is described and critiqued by Arland Thornton

Video Lecture

Arland Thornton speaks on "Developmental Idealism: The Cultural Foundations of Worldwide Development Programs"

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Developmental Idealism
Population Studies Center
University of Michigan