About ARC

The Accountability Research Center (ARC) is based in American University’s School of International Service. We collaborate with our partners to contribute to global thinking on how to improve public accountability and build more inclusive societies.

Village social auditor training in the field, prior to commencement of social audit. Photo credit: SSAAT

The ARC Team

Jonathan Fox

Jonathan Fox is a professor in the School of International Service at American University and the founder and director of ARC. He studies the relationships between accountability, transparency and citizen participation. For more of his work, see here.

Naomi Hossain

Naomi Hossain is a Research Professor at ARC. She has researched food and fuel riots, the politics of public service delivery, and closing civic space. Some of her work can be seen here.

Angela Bailey

Angela Bailey serves as the managing director of ARC. Prior to joining ARC in 2016, Angela was director of a health accountability program in Uganda. Angela holds a Master of International Affairs from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. For more, see here.

Joy Aceron

Joy Aceron is the convenor-director of Government Watch (G-Watch), an action research organization working on accountability and citizen empowerment in the Philippines. Concurrently, she is a research fellow and advisor to ARC.

Mariana Cepeda

Mariana Cepeda holds a master’s degree in International Development from SIS at American University. Her ARC research focuses on the implementation of Colombia´s Peace Agreement. For more, see here.

Julia Fischer-Mackey

Julia Fischer-Mackey is a researcher with a PhD from American University’s School of International Service. Julia focuses on facilitating internal learning and developing ARC’s research publications. For more, see here.

Rachel Nadelman

Rachel Nadelman is a scholar-in-residence at ARC. She holds a PhD from American University’s School of International Service. Rachel’s work with ARC is primarily related to citizen engagement in World Bank operations. For more, see here.

Suchi Pande

Suchi Pande is a researcher at ARC. She holds a PhD in Development Studies from the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex. Suchi’s work with ARC includes research collaborations in India. For more, see here.

Judy Gearhart

Judy Gearhart is a visiting scholar at ARC and an adjunct professor at Columbia University. Previously she served nine years as the executive director at the International Labor Rights Forum and twelve as the programs director at Social Accountability International. She has worked for the UN and grassroots NGOs in Mexico and Honduras on trade, labor rights, and democratic participation. For more, see here.

Abrehet Gebremedhin

Abrehet is a Research Assistant and a current PhD student at American University’s School of International Service. Her interests are in international development, evaluation, and beneficiary feedback. Abrehet supports ARC’s work across publications, communications, and research. For more, see here.

Advisors to ARC

The 10 ARC advisors are all thought leaders in the transparency, participation and accountability (TPA) field. Advisors are either public interest strategists or applied researchers, all known for their commitment to rights-based approaches and social inclusion.

Joy Aceron

Director
Government Watch
Manila

Victoria Boydell

Research Fellow, Global Health Centre at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies
Geneva

Abhijit Das

Global Co-Convener, COPASAH; Clinical Associate Professor, University of Washington; Managing Trustee, Centre for Health and Social Justice
New Delhi

Shereen Essof

Executive Director
Just Associates
Southern Africa / USA

Walter Flores

Principal Advisor, Center for the Study of Equity and Governance in Health Systems (CEGSS)
Guatemala City/Washington DC

Brendan Halloran

Head of Strategy and Learning, International Budget Partnership
Washington, DC

Anuradha Joshi

Fellow
Institute for Development Studies
Brighton

Rosie McGee

Fellow
Institute for Development Studies
Brighton

Fletcher Tembo

Director, Mwananchi Accountability Research and Learning
Lilongwe

Lisa VeneKlasen

Advisor & Founding Executive Director
Just Associates
Washington, DC

Current American University Faculty Project Collaborators

Adam Auerbach

Adam Auerbach is an Assistant Professor in American University’s School of International Service. His research and teaching interests include the political economy of development, local governance and representation, and comparative political institutions, with a regional focus on South Asia and India. His main ARC collaboration is with SATHI.

Rachel Robinson

Rachel Robinson is an Associate Professor in American University’s School of International Service and holds a PhD in sociology and demography from the University of California at Berkeley. Her research focuses on sex-related health interventions in sub-Saharan Africa, including family planning, HIV/AIDS, and sexuality education. Rachel collaborated with White Ribbon Alliance in Nigeria. She is co-Principal Investigator on the MacArthur Foundation project “Sandwich Strategies: Comparative Analysis of Institutional Change in the Global South.”

Funders (current and past)