Erin’s research interests are on issues of food security, poverty and inequality, and sustainable development. Specifically, she is pursuing two parallel research projects. First, she examines issues of food insecurity and international food assistance, US food aid and assistance polices, and response analysis – the portion of the programming cycle during which an agency identifies which transfer to distribute (cash, food, vouchers). Over the past decade of research on this topic, she has examined a range of issues relating to policy, targeting, and markets. Broadly she focuses on the institutional characteristics that shape a range of factors around food assistance programming design and delivery. Second, her dissertation focuses on the correlates of subjective wellbeing in sub-Saharan Africa, tracing the relationship between subjective wellbeing and structural inequality and intra-group inequality.