Cheryl Doss is a development economist whose research focuses on issues related to assets, agriculture, and gender, with a regional focus on sub-Saharan Africa.
As a Senior Lecturer at Yale University, she has taught widely at the graduate and undergraduate level. Currently she teaches courses on research methods and the economics of Africa. Her recent teaching at Yale includes: Economic Analysis (for MA students in International Relations); International Economics; Assets, Poverty and Inequality; Global Affairs Capstone (on large-scale investments in agriculture); Challenges in International Relations; and Food Security and Agricultural Development.
Among her research projects, she co-leads the Gender Asset Gap Project, a large-scale effort to collect data and measure individual asset and wealth holdings for men and women in Ecuador, Ghana, and Karnataka, India. This research examines best practices for collecting individual data on assets and also quantifies womenﾒs ownership of and control over productive assets.
Cheryl Doss works with a range of international organizations on issues including best approaches for collecting sex-disaggregated data, gender and agriculture, intrahousehold resource allocation, and women’s asset ownership. Currently, she leads the strategic gender research for the CGIAR Research Program on Policies, Institutions, and Markets led by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). In recent years, she has also worked with UN Women, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the World Bank, DFID , the Africa Development Bank, and the UN Foundation on issues of women’s asset ownership.
She has published widely in academic journals in economics, agricultural economics, and development studies.