Northwestern Experts and Initiatives
Reynaldo Morales is an assistant professor at the Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications and a Northwestern Buffett Faculty Fellow. Morales’ work focuses on the restoration of Indigenous knowledge systems and the protection of Indigenous genetic resources. Prior to moving to United States, Reynaldo developed a long career in national and international TV Press and as investigative documentarian and media educator, ending with a UNDP consultant appointment to work with the Peruvian government in Women Rights and Human Development issues, during a very intense political violence decade. He is currently producing an independent film about the Indigenous struggles for sovereignty and biodiversity in the Global South.
IPR Director Diane Schanzenbach is an economist who studies policies aimed at improving the lives of children in poverty, including education, health, and income support policies. Her work traces the impact of major public policies such as the Food Stamp Program, school finance reform, and early childhood education on children’s long-term outcomes. She is the Margaret Walker Alexander Professor in the School of Education and Social Policy. Her current work includes research focused on understanding the impacts of nutrition assistance programs—including the food-stamp program and school meals. In this ongoing work, she is investigating child outcomes such as health, obesity, and academic outcomes, and outcomes regarding family finances such as food security and spending. Since the COVID-19 pandemic struck, she has been researching the effects of the pandemic on food insecurity in real time.