Village social auditor training in the field, prior to commencement of social audit. Photo credit: SSAAT
The ARC Team
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.
Luis Diaz is the ARC finance manager. He has a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from George Mason University and is currently working towards his master’s degree in Public Administration. For more, see here.
Judy Gearhart is a senior researcher developing ARC’s research on corporate accountability and workers rights. She is also an adjunct professor at Columbia University. Previously she served as the executive director at the International Labor Rights Forum and programs director at Social Accountability International. She also worked in Mexico and Honduras on trade, labor rights, and democratic participation. For more, see here.
Walter Flores is Adjunct Professor at School of International Service and a research associate at ARC. Walter is the founder and past director of CEGSS, an action-research organization contributing to improved health and indigenous population rights in Guatemala. Walter´s research and teaching focus on the intersection of participatory governance, legal empowerment, human rights and accountability. Read Walter’s ARC publication How Can Evidence Bolster Citizen Action? Learning and Adapting for Accountable Public Health in Guatemala.
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 – including social audits and citizen oversight and work on grievance redress mechanisms. For more, see here.
Helmer Quiñones works with government agencies and civil society organizations on democratization, institutional design, development economics and planning, human rights and transitional justice, through the lens of anti-racism. Trained in philosophy, he is a leader in Colombia’s Afrodescendant movement. Since 2016 he has coordinated the team of advisors of the High Level Body of Ethnic Peoples of the Commission for Monitoring, Promoting and Verifying the Implementation of the Final Agreement (CSIVI) of the Peace Accord.
Abrehet is a Research Assistant and a current PhD student at American University’s School of International Service. Her research interests are in M&E, accountability in education and health programming, youth inclusion, and multi-level monitoring. Abrehet also supports ARC’s work across publications, communications, and research. For more, see here.
Keisha Prawl Woods
Keisha Prawl Woods is the Director of Operations at ARC. She holds a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Maryland Global Campus. She has been managing the finances of research centers and academic units since 2011 and is currently responsible for ARC’s contracts and grants.
Karen Brock is a research communication specialist, and she co-ordinates ARC’s publications and communications.
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.
Research Fellow, Global Health Centre at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies
Global Co-Convener, COPASAH; Clinical Associate Professor, University of Washington; Managing Trustee, Centre for Health and Social Justice
Southern Africa / USA
Principal Advisor, Center for the Study of Equity and Governance in Health Systems (CEGSS)
Guatemala City/Washington DC
Head of Strategy and Learning, International Budget Partnership
Institute for Development Studies
Institute for Development Studies
Director, Mwananchi Accountability Research and Learning
Advisor & Founding Executive Director
Current American University Faculty Project Collaborators
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 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.”