Rachel Strohm Profile picture
Polisci PhD candidate @UCBerkeley. Board chair @MawazoInstitute. Tweets on current affairs / public policy / research in Africa. Views are my own. She / her.
Apr 3, 2020 25 tweets 10 min read
Thread: I've got a new piece out at @africaarguments talking about how public markets and cash transfers can mitigate the economic effects of coronavirus in Africa. It rounds up research from a lot of smart people on these issues. /1 africanarguments.org/2020/04/02/afr… Over the last few weeks, I kept seeing articles saying "Africa can't replicate Europe's coronavirus response" without clearly specifying what should be done differently. I did a lot of reading about those options might be, for economic and public health response /2
Mar 14, 2020 14 tweets 7 min read
I realized that I didn't know very much about how previous flu-like pandemics have spread in Africa. So I looked up a bunch of maps! Blog post here, thread to follow. (N.B. not an epidemiologist, not making claims about how COVID-19 might spread) /1 rachelstrohm.com/2020/03/14/wha… I started w/ Wikipedia's list of flu pandemics, added SARS and seasonal flu. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Influenza… The three post-2000 pandemics are coronavirus (2020), H1N1 / swine flu (2009), SARS (2003). /2
Mar 13, 2019 15 tweets 3 min read
As someone from a rich family who went to an elite school, this framing is driving me nuts. Why? Because outright fraud / huge donations are outliers. Rich kids are more likely to end up at the Ivies because of STRUCTURAL problems with how we fund & run high schools in the US. /1 I saw a figure a while ago stating that ~60% of Dartmouth students came from families in the top 1% of the US income distribution. Most people had gone either to private high schools, or unusually well funded public high schools (as I did). /2
Jan 17, 2019 22 tweets 6 min read
I feel like a lot of foreign correspondents in Kenya are missing the point of the critique of the @nytimes over the #RiversideAttack photos. /1 The majority of the tweets I’ve seen about this from #KOT have essentially said “please take down the photo of brutally murdered black people, esp since you wouldn’t show an equivalent photo if they were white.” /2