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Rachel Massey
Policy Analyst & Policy Program Manager
Massachusetts Toxics Use Reduction Institute
600 Suffolk Street
Wannalancit Mills, 5th Floor
Lowell, MA 01854
Tel. 978-934-3124
Fax 978-934-3050

Curriculum Vitae


Bachelor of Arts Latin American Studies, University of Chicago, 1994
Master of Science Environmental Change and Management, Oxford University, 1997
Master of Public Affairs Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University, 2000


2002-Present. Global Development and Environment Institute, Tufts University, Medford, MA. Research Associate, Economics for Health and the Environment. Provide research and writing support to environmental organizations working for health and environmental protection.

2001-Present. Institute for Science and Interdisciplinary Studies, Hampshire College, Amherst, MA. Research Fellow. Analyze and produce written responses to U.S. government documents on health and environmental implications of the "war on drugs" in Colombia; work with partner groups to add scientific voice to public debate on US policy in Colombia; give lectures and radio interviews on environment and health policy topics.

2001-2002. Clean Water Action; Lowell Center for Sustainable Production. Consultant (research, writing, and editing). Produced educational materials on environment and human health; developed strategies and research plans for multi-year Alliance for a Healthy Tomorrow project; helped to edit book on science and the precautionary principle.

2000-2001. Environmental Research Foundation, Annapolis, MD. Writer. Researched and wrote articles on environment and health topics for biweekly publication, Rachel's Environment and Health News. Research topics included hazards of agricultural genetic engineering; US-sponsored crop eradication programs in Colombia; US regulation of arsenic in drinking water; links between cancer and pesticide exposures.

2000. Massachusetts Public Interest Research Group (MASSPIRG), Boston, MA. Graduate Fellow, Toxics program. Responsibilities included coalition building and strategy planning for implementation of new citizen right-to-know provisions in Massachusetts law; facilitating citizen access to pesticide information; and representing environmental concerns to state agencies.

1999. Pesticide Action Network, North America Regional Center, San Francisco, CA
Graduate Fellow. Developed newsletter for medical professionals on health effects of pesticides; wrote research articles on pesticide problems and genetically engineered crops in Latin America; served as liaison with activists in Colombia, Peru, and Mexico; provided editing and translation assistance.

1994–96. Center for Latin American Studies, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL. Associate Director. Solicited and managed major grants for general operations and country-specific projects; supervised staff of 4 to 7; managed budget; advised students; oversaw graduate research fellowships; allocated research and travel grants; directed scholarly exchange program with Cuba; organized conferences and lecture series.


"Prospering with Precaution: Employment, Economics, and the Precautionary Principle," with Frank Ackerman, 2002. GDAE report produced with Alliance for a Healthy Tomorrow. Available at

Comments submitted to US Congress regarding conditions established in Title II of the Foreign Operations, Export Financing, and Related Programs Appropriation Act 2002, with Jim Oldham, 2002. Available at

"Health and Environmental Effects of Herbicide Spray Campaigns in Colombia," Institute for Science and Interdisciplinary Studies Occasional Paper (March 18, 2002), with Jim Oldham, 2002

"Collateral Damage: Environmental and Human Health Effects of the Drug War in Colombia" After the Fact (Winter 2002), with Jim Oldham.

"The 'Drug War' in Colombia: Echoes of Vietnam," Journal of Public Health Policy Vol. 22

"Biotech: The Basics," (four-part series on genetic engineering in agriculture), Rachel's Environment and Health News and, 2001.

"Arsenic from your Tap," Rachel's Environment and Health News and, 2001.

"Children in Harm's Way," "Echoes of Vietnam," "Global Warming Opportunity," articles published in Rachel's Environment and Health News, October-December. 2000

‘International Organizations and the Environment,’ edited essay series in Pamela Chasek, ed., The United Nations and the Global Environment in the 21st Century: From Common Challenges to Shared Responsibilities (New York: United Nations University Press), 2000. Coedited with Michael Doyle.

Pesticide Research Updates (edited quarterly publication), 1999.

‘Refining the Race-to-the-Bottom Debate,’ Journal of Public and International Affairs Vol. 10. 1999

"Genetically Engineered Corn in Mexico: Cross-Border Threats, Cross-Border Responses"; "Expanding the Biotech Frontier: Seminis Vegetable Seeds"; "Casualties of the War on Drugs," with Elsa Nivia; "Constructing Alternatives: Costa Rican Workers and the Global Banana Trade," research articles published in The Global Pesticide Campaigner 1998-2000.

‘Impediments to Collective Action in a Small Community,’ Politics and Society Vol. 22, No. 3. 1994


Project Censored Award for Top Underreported Stories, 2003
National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, 1996–99
Balliol College Conservation Fund Award for field research in Costa Rica, 1997
University of Chicago Howell Murray Alumni Association Award for community organization and Millard Pierce Binyon Memorial Prize for distinction in the humanities, 1994
University of Chicago full tuition merit scholarship, 1990–94
National Endowment for the Humanities Younger Scholars research grant, 1993.


French (fluent), Spanish (fluent), German (competent); Portuguese (basic), Russian (basic).

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