McCaston, M. Katherine | LBJ School of Public Affairs | The University of Texas at Austin
  • M.A. in Anthropology, University of Arizona, 1990
Teaching Areas
  • Development Policy

M. Katherine (Kathy) McCaston has more than 16 years of experience in anthropology and international development. For 11 years, she worked as senior management adviser for CARE, one of the largest international relief and development organizations working to end global poverty and promote social justice. She led the development of the Unifying Framework for Poverty Eradication & Social Justice, which is a conceptual model that links needs-based (livelihoods, health, education, water, sanitation, etc.) and rights-based programming into a coherent and mutually reinforcing development framework. 

Her experience spans a range of fields related to anthropology and international development, including political science, women's studies, food and nutritional security and research methods. She has expertise in sustainable livelihood security, rights-based approaches, municipal and civil society strengthening, maternal and child health, agriculture and food aid and has worked in 33 countries in Latin America, Africa, Asia and Eastern Europe.