Current Research Projects

AAEP Women in Agriculture Food Security Project in Ethiopia
Dr. Stephanie Grutzmacher
This project is developing a train-the-trainer program with three universities to educate Ethiopian women to grow food for at-home consumption and resale. University of Maryland and other US university representatives work with Ethiopian university faculty to promote female empowerment and improved family food security.

AAEP Women in Agriculture Food Security Project in Kabul, Afghanistan
Dr. Stephanie Grutzmacher
Supported by a $14 million grant from the United States Department of Agriculture, this project formed the Family Food Security Team, which conducts train-the-trainer sessions with female extension educators to educate Afghan women to grow food for at-home consumption and resale. The project promotes female empowerment and improved family food security in Afghanistan. University of Maryland faculty and extension personnel work with others from UC Davis, Washington State University, and Purdue University.

Past Research Projects

Microeconomic Analysis of Russian Households
Dr. Manouchehr Mokhtari 
Dr. Mokhtari conducted a microeconomic analysis of Russian household behavior under the condition of transition to a market economy. This study investigates important microeconomic issues using a longitudinal survey of 4,090 Russian households. Cross-sectional data sets provide information about household decision-making in the emerging economies of countries formerly in the Soviet Union. Dr. Mokhtari applies a variety of mathematical and quantitative methods to model and analyze economic issues and international investigations of household behavior.

Relationship Standards and Marital Conflict in Mainland Chinese and American Couples
Dr. Norman Epstein 
Dr. Epstein established a collaborative cross-cultural research program with Dr. Fu-Guo Chen of Shanghai Second Medical University, China, investigating sources of stress, conflict, communication patterns, and personal relationship standards in U.S. and mainland Chinese couples. Dr. Chen spent 18 months as a visiting scholar in the Department of Family Science, working with Dr. Epstein. He returned to Shanghai with plans to establish China's first research, training, and clinical service center focused on marital and family relationships. Dr. Epstein's visits to Shanghai Second Medical University in the fall of 1997 and in the spring of 2000 were further steps in the collaborative research and in the development of the center. Graduate students are actively involved in ongoing studies comparing Chinese and American couples, as well as family interaction and child adjustment in Chinese families.