Bachelor, Connecticut College Women, 1965; Doctor of Philosophy, University of Pennsylvania, 1989.
Co-director, HELP, cyclone relief organization, Dhaka, Bangladesh, 1970-1971; executive assistant, Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee, Dhaka, 1975-1980; project officer, Oxfam American, Boston, 1980-1981; field representative, Oxfam American, Boston, 1982-1987; visiting scholar, Harvard Institute International Development, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1980-1981; research associate, Harvard Institute International Development, Cambridge, Massachusetts, since 1987. Consultant in field.
President school board American Embassy School, New Delhi, India, 1985-1986. Member school board American International School, Dhaka, 1971-1972. Member Friends of Bangladesh, Washington, 1971-1972.
Member SEEDS Population Council.
Married Lincoln Chih-Ho Chen, July 1, 1967. Children: Gregory, Alexis.