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Public Policy Alumna Earns Fellowship to Study Inclusion for Women and Children with Disabilities


Ana Maria Sanchez RodriguezAna María Sánchez Rodríguez (Public Policy PhD, 2017) has been awarded a three year post-doctoral fellowship as an international researcher under the Caroline research programme, co-funded under Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions. The Caroline programme funds collaborative research projects with Irish and internationally-based non-governmental organizations.

Sánchez Rodríguez will be working with Handicap International and Maynooth University to explore, analyze, and promote effective community-level innovations that can be scaled up to influence the development or revision of government policy to enforce the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for persons with disabilities, with a particular focus on women and girls with disabilities.

She will examine how the gap between effective community-level practices and national-level policies can be bridged in order to scale-up the most effective and inclusive initiatives for achieving the SDGs for marginalized groups, in particular, women and girls with disabilities.

“That Ana has been awarded this prestigious post-doctoral fellowship amazes me, but is no surprise,” said Professor Donna Haig Friedman. “For all the years I have journeyed with Ana, most recently as her dissertation chair, I have witnessed her conceptually-grounded and methodologically rigorous scholarship, her intelligence, curiosity, and deep commitment to learning, as well as her generous spirit and heart.”

Dean David Cash agrees, “I have no doubt that Ana’s work – past, present and future – will significantly advance the well-being and human rights of marginalized people regardless of gender, age, or ability.”

This award represents Sánchez Rodríguez’s second international research fellowship. In April 2015, she was chosen as one of only fifteen to earn the Inter-American Foundation (IAF) Grassroots Development Field Research Fellowship. In this research, she examined grassroots organizations’ practices to end violence and abuse of women and girls with disabilities in Mexico.

Sánchez Rodríguez earned her bachelor’s degree in political science at the Universidad Popular Autonoma del Estado de Puebla in Mexico and completed an Msc degree in non-governmental organizations at the London School of Economics and Political Science.


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