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Field Experiments in the Global South: Assessing Risks, Localizing Benefits, and Addressing Positionality

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  27 May 2022

Biz Herman
University of California–Berkeley, USA
Amma Panin
University of Louvain, Belgium
Elizabeth Iams Wellman
Williams College, USA
Graeme Blair
University of California, Los Angeles, USA
Lindsey D. Pruett
Cornell University, USA
Ken Ochieng’ Opalo
Georgetown University, USA
Hannah M. Alarian
University of Florida, USA
Allison N. Grossman
Stanford University, USA
Yvonne Tan
Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany
Alex P. Dyzenhaus
Cornell University, USA
Nicholas Owsley
University of Chicago, USA


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Field Experiments: Thinking Through Identity and Positionality
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