AidData Research Consortium
AidData and USAID are breaking down traditional silos between those who set aid policy and those who study it.
As part of USAID’s Higher Education Solutions Network (HESN), the AidData Center for Development Policy has mobilized 106 scholars from 50 universities and think tanks to conduct cutting-edge research on development issues that will support evidence-based policy and program decisions by practitioners. Members of the AidData Research Consortium are using our subnational data on who is funding what and where to study how foreign assistance is being targeted, and evaluate the impact of these investments. We put these insights into practice with tools, training and lessons learned to benefit local communities.
Our research consortium has active projects in seven thematic areas: conflict mitigation, democracy and governance, economic growth, environment and climate change, global health, food security, and humanitarian assistance.
Jenny C. Aker is an Assistant Professor of Economics at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. She is also a Non-Resident Fellow at the Center for Global Development and a member of the Advisory Board for Frontline SMS. Jenny works on economic development in Africa, with a primary focus on the impact of information and information technology on development outcomes, particularly in the areas of agriculture, agricultural marketing and education; the relationship between shocks and agricultural food market performance; the determinants of agricultural technology adoption; and impact evaluations of NGO and World Bank projects.
Giuseppe Arbia is Full Professor of Statistics at the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart in Rome, Italy. He also teaches in Lugano, Switzerland. He is one of the Founders and the Chairman of the Spatial Econometrics Association. He wrote five books and more than one hundred papers on spatial statistics and spatial econometrics, with applications mostly in economic inequality and environmental issues. His research interests include optimal spatial sampling, regional convergence and spatial concentration, and world inequality analysis.
Leonardo Arriola studies democratization, ethnic politics, and political violence with a focus on African countries. His current research examines how electoral violence affects multiparty competition, power sharing, and state repression. He has conducted field research in Cameroon, Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagascar, and Senegal. He has previously been a visiting scholar at the Kellogg Institute for International Studies at Notre Dame, a Fulbright scholar at the Institute of Ethiopian Studies at Addis Ababa University, and a visiting researcher at the West African Research Center in Dakar, Senegal.
In his capacity as Director of the Center for International Development and Conflict Management, David Backer serves as an expert on projects in the area of conflict management policy research, as well as coordinates the development of the biennial publication Peace and Conflict. Previously, David was a Senior Program Officer at the United States Institute of Peace has also taught at the College of William & Mary and the University of Michigan. His specialty is comparative analysis of the choice and impact of transitional justice measures, reflected in ongoing studies of the responses of victims of conflict in Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone, South Africa and Kenya.
Kate Baldwin is an assistant professor of political science and a faculty fellow at the Institution for Social and Policy Studies. Her current research projects examine how community-level institutions interact with the national state to affect development, democracy and conflict, with a regional focus on sub-Saharan Africa. She has published articles in the American Political Science Review, the American Journal of Political Science, and Comparative Politics. Her article “Why Vote with the Chief? Political Connections and Public Goods Provision in Zambia” won the 2014 award for the best article published in the previous volume of the American Journal of Political Science.
Enrico Bertini is a researcher in the area of information visualization, human computer interaction and visual analytics. He uses interactive data visualization. His research focusses on the development of novel techniques and applications as well as on the understanding of how people interact with them.
Alex Braithwaite's teaching and research focuses upon the causes and geography of violent and nonviolent political conflict - including terrorism, protests, riots, civil war, and international wars. He has published two dozen articles and book chapters, including at Journal of Politics, British Journal of Political Science, International Studies Quarterly, and Journal of Peace Research. He also published a book, Conflict Hotspots: Emergence, Causes, and Consequences, with Ashgate in July 2010. These publications collectively demonstrate that incidents of violent political conflict cluster in space and time, that openings in political opportunity structures encourage the contagion of violence between groups and across national borders, and that terrorist groups commonly exploit so-called spoiler opportunities in an attempt to derail plans for peace.
Samuel Brazys is Lecturer of International Relations at the University College Dublin. He completed his PhD at Indiana University (IN, USA). Prior to coming to UCD he worked as an Economic Adviser to the Federated States of Micronesia and most recently taught at the College of William & Mary (VA, USA). Brazys' research focuses broadly on development with a more narrow focus on the effectiveness of foreign aid. Recent and current research projects include examinations of donor heterogeneity in Aid for Trade, the consequences of aid dependency, non-linear effects of aid on governance, vote-buying in the United Nations General Assembly, the universality deficit in international institutions,
In addition to being the Julius Silver Professor of Politics at the Alexander Hamilton Center for Political Economy at NYU, Bruce Bueno de Mesquita is also a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. Two of his books include The Dictator’s Handbook: Why Bad Behavior is Almost Always Good Politics and The Predictoneer’s Game: Using the Logic of Brazen Self-Interest to See and Shape the Future. Bruce is also a partner in Mesquita & Roundell, LLC, a consulting firm that uses game theory models he developed to assist corporations and the U.S. intelligence and policymaking community in complex negotiations involving mergers and acquisitions, litigation, regulation, and national security matters.
Mark Buntaine is an Assistant Professor at the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management and the Department of Political Science at the University of California at Santa Barbara, and ARC Team Leader for the Environment and Climate Change. His research investigates the political economy of governance and environmental management in developing countries. Mark received his PhD from Duke University in 2011. Supported by the US National Science Foundation, he led a team of researchers who coded every World Bank, Asian Development Bank, Inter-American Development Bank and African Development Bank project completed since 1990 on a set of environmental performance indicators.
Marshall Burke is Center Fellow at the Center on Food Security and the Environment (FSI), and Assistant Professor of Earth System Science. He received his BA in International Relations from Stanford in 2003, and his PhD in Agricultural and Resource Economics from Berkeley in 2014. His research focuses on understanding how changes in environmental conditions affect a range of social and economic outcomes, and on understanding the causes and consequences of rural productivity improvements. He has authored over 20 published papers, which have appeared in both economics and science journals, including Science, PNAS, the Review of Economics and Statistics, and the Economic Journal, and which have been cited over 2900 times.
Sahai Burrowes’ areas of interest are predominantly HIV/AIDs among women in children, and has published works titled “Improving Pandemic Response: A Sensemaking Perspective on the Spring 2009 H1N1 Pandemic” and “Antiretroviral Treatment, Breast-Feeding, and Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV.” She has also worked as Program Manger and Associate Editor at the Center for HIV Information University of California San Francisco.
Joshua Busby is an Associate Professor at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin and an ARC Team Leader. He has written extensively on climate change and security, transnational advocacy, and global public health among other areas. Josh holds a PhD in Government from Georgetown University, a BA in political science and biology from the University of North Carolina, and a BA from the University of East Anglia.
Sarah Bush's research and teaching interests include international relations, democracy promotion, non-state actors in world politics, gender and human rights policy, and Middle East politics. Her book, which is forthcoming at Cambridge University Press, explores how and why the United States and other developed countries turned to democracy promotion at the end of the Cold War and the impact of doing so. Other ongoing projects examine the effects of American democracy promotion on public attitudes in the Middle East. Sarah's previous research has been published or is forthcoming in the journals International Organization and International Studies Quarterly.
Jennifer Bussell is the Gruber Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science and the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley. Her research seeks to understand the foundations of democratic politics in economically developing states. In particular, she is interested in the effects of diverse formal and informal institutional constraints—such as federalism, coalition politics, and corruption—on the behavior of politicians in electorally competitive environments. Bussell’s regional focus is South Asia, and she has also conducted fieldwork in Africa and Latin America.
Michael Cain is currently the director of the Center for the Study of Democracy and professor of Political Science at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. Dr. Cain has worked for over ten years with USAID energy experts on the nexus of development policy alternatives on the mitigation of poverty, improved governance and energy outcomes. He has served as a senior technical adviser on energy development projects for the US government, working in Bulgaria, Kazakhstan, Hungary, Macedonia, Romania, Tajikistan and Ukraine. His most recent work, Linking the Caspian to Europe: Repercussions of the Trans-Anatolian Pipeline, was published by the Rethink Institute in Washington DC where he also serves as a visiting fellow.
Elizabeth Carlson is an Assistant Professor in the department of Political Science and the Program on African Studies at Pennsylvania State University. She holds a PhD in Political Science from UCLA (2011) and previously held fellowships at Stanford’s CDDRL and the Program on Democracy at Yale’s MacMillan Center. She specializes in political behavior, experimental methods, and the political economy of development in Africa.
Chad Clay is an assistant professor in the Department of International Affairs within the School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA) at the University of Georgia. He received his PhD in political science from Binghamton University in 2012. His work focuses primarily on the determinants of human rights practices, collective dissent, political violence, and economic development. He is actively involved in the measurement of human rights practices, as exhibited by his work as co-director of the CIRI Human Rights Data Project. He blogs about these subjects and others at The Quantitative Peace.
Raj M. Desai is Associate Professor of International Development at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service and in the Department of Government at Georgetown University, and a Non-resident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution. He is a specialist on problems of foreign aid and international development, and has authored articles on economic reform, entrepreneurship, and poverty alleviation in a variety of journals, including the American Political Science Review, Economics and Politics, and the Journal of Comparative Economics.
Simone Dietrich is Senior Lecturer of Government at the University of Essex and Director of ESSEXLab, the University's social science experimental lab. Prior to joining Essex, she was Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Missouri, Columbia. Her research in international and comparative political economy, democratization, and development investigates which attributes of foreign aid are effective at helping countries develop, and examines the conditions under which foreign aid shapes democratic change abroad. She received her PhD in political science from Pennsylvania State University in 2011.
Kim Yi Dionne is Five College Assistant Professor of Government at Smith College, where she teaches courses on African Politics, HIV/AIDS, and Field Research Methods. The substantive focus of her research is on the opinions of ordinary Africans toward interventions aimed at improving their condition and the relative success of such interventions. Her work has been published in African Affairs, Comparative Political Studies, and World Development.
Axel Dreher is Professor of Economics and Chair of International and Development Politics at Ruprecht-Karls-University Heidelberg, Germany. He received his PhD in Economics in 2003 from the University of Mannheim, Germany. He is Editor of the Review of International Organizations and author of the KOF Index of Globalization. Most of his current research is on political economy, economic development, and globalization.
Victoria Fan is a research fellow at the Center for Global Development. Her research focuses on the design and evaluation of health policies and programs as well as aid effectiveness in global health. Fan joined the Center after completing her doctorate at Harvard School of Public Health where she wrote her dissertation on health systems in India. Fan has worked at various nongovernmental organizations in Asia and different units at Harvard University and has served as a consultant for the World Bank and WHO. Fan is investigating health insurance for tertiary care in Andhra Pradesh, conditional cash transfers to improve maternal health, and the health workforce in India.
Mike Findley is an Assistant Professor in the Government Department at the University of Texas at Austin, and was previously an Assistant Professor at Brigham Young University. He is the ARC Team Leader for Conflict Mitigation. He received his PhD in Political Science in 2007 from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He conducts research on civil wars, terrorism, and international development and currently conducts fieldwork in Uganda, South Africa, Malawi, Colombia, DRC, Sudan, and South Sudan. He has published in the Journal of Politics, International Studies Quarterly, and various other journals.
Joshua Fisher received his PhD in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from George Mason University, where he studied the ecological drivers of armed conflict. His work coupled geospatial statistics, remote sensing, and econometric modeling to develop spatially explicit forecast models of the likelihood of armed conflict. Josh has worked in sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America on environmental management and poverty reduction, and has worked with conservation organizations, private sector firms, and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management on natural resource governance and biodiversity conservation issues. His current work focuses on natural resource management and governance as tools for conflict prevention.
Robert K. Fleck is Professor of Economics at Clemson University. His main fields of interest include political economy, public finance, economic history, law and economics, and development economics. Much of his current research focuses on the causes and consequences of major political and economic transitions and on why only some countries adopt successful political and economic reforms. Before moving to Clemson, he was Professor of Economics at Montana State University. Fleck has been a Julian Simon Fellow (2005) and Lone Mountain Fellow (2013) at the Property and Environment Research Center (PERC), and a National Fellow at Stanford’s Hoover Institution (2010-11). Fleck received his PhD in Economics from Stanford University.
Willa Friedman is an Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of Houston, studying issues in development economics and political economy. She was previously a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Center for Global Development. Her research deals with individual responses to institutions and policies and the impacts of these decisions. She is particularly interested in health, education, and participation in violence, with a regional focus on Sub-Saharan Africa.
Andreas Fuchs is a senior researcher at Heidelberg University's Alfred-Weber-Institute for Economics, where he works for the Research Center for Distributional Conflict and Globalization. Andreas defended his dissertation at University of Goettingen in August 2012. He holds an MA degree from Goethe University Frankfurt as well as from Dauphine University Paris. His research focuses on the international political economy of aid, trade and finance. Since summer term 2016, he is also a visiting lecturer at the Chair of Development Economics of the University of Passau.
Scott Gates is an American political scientist and economist based in Norway. He was director of the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO)'s Centre for the Study of Civil War, which was a Norwegian Center of Excellence funded by the Research Council of Norway for a ten year period 2002-2012. He is currently a Research Professor at PRIO, and also holds a professorship in political science at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. His current research includes applied game theory analysis, international relations theory, international political economy, forma models of bureaucracy, and economic modeling.
Armando Geller is a computational social scientist and co-founder of Scensei, a decision support and analytics enterprise. He is also affiliated with the School of Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University. His specialization is in information elicitation in challenging circumstances and evidence-driven model design. Sometimes he lectures on computational social science and contemporary conflict.
Diego Giuliani is Assistant Professor (in economic statistics) at the University of Trento, Italy, Department of Economics and Management. He focuses primarily on the use and development of statistical methods to analyze micro-geographic data. Diego holds a MA in Economics from the University of Trento, Italy, and a PhD in Economic Statistics from the University of Rome “La Sapienza,” Italy.
Sarah Glaser is a fisheries ecologist at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver. Her research investigates the ecology and population dynamics of fishes and the coupled natural- human feedbacks that structure fisheries. The goal of her research is to improve management and conservation of fish populations by improving predictions of changes in ecosystems. Sarah investigates complex dynamics and forecasting of ecological communities, socio-ecological feedbacks in fishery systems, food web ecology, and predator-prey dynamics.
Snaebjorn Gunnsteinsson is an Assistant Professor, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, at the University of Maryland, College Park. He is interested in all aspects of economic development in low income countries. His past work has focused on empirical contract theory, risk and insurance, agriculture, and global public health. He also has an interest in and work in progress on field experiment methodology.
Rema Hanna is an Associate Professor of Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School and a member of the Evidence for Policy Design (EPoD) research program at the Center for International Development, Harvard University. In addition, Hanna is a Research Associate with the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), an affiliate of the Bureau for Research and Economic Analysis of Development (BREAD), and an affiliate at the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL).
Darren Hawkins is a Professor of Political Science at Brigham Young University, where he previously served as Chair of the Department of Political Science. He teaches and researches on international relations and international organizations. He has published a number of scholarly articles on international human rights, international institutions, and democracy.
Jessica Hellmann is an expert on climate change adaptation and is Director of the Institute on the Environment and the Russell M. and Elizabeth M. Barrett Professor of Ecology at the University of Minnesota. Specifically, she studies the impacts of climate and other global changes on biodiversity and natural resource management. She is a researcher with the Notre Dame Global Adaptation Index (ND-GAIN), a program that evaluates the risks of climate change and the opportunity for adaptation in countries and cities. ND-GAIN's flagship product compares countries worldwide for purposes of evaluation and investment decision-making.
Cullen Hendrix is an Assistant Professor at the Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver. He focuses on environmental security, food security, and the economic and security implications of climate change and climate change adaptation. Cullen holds a BA from Kalamazoo College and a PhD from the University of California, San Diego.
Roland Hodler is Professor of Economics at the University of Lucerne, External Research Associate at the Oxford Centre for Analysis of Resource Rich Economies, and CESifo Research Network Fellow. He holds a PhD from the University of Bern, and was Lecturer and Senior Lecturer at the University of Melbourne. His main research interests are in political economics and development economics. His work has been published in journals such as Journal of Development Economics, Games and Economic Behavior, Economica, and the European Economic Review.
Maggie Holland is an Associate Professor of Geography & Environmental Systems at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. She received her PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2009. Her scholarly interests rest, at a most fundamental level, on the intersections between rural livelihoods, land use dynamics, governance, and conservation strategies. To date, the majority of her research has situated itself in Latin America, with an added layer of focus on forests. She collaborates actively with economists, geographers, conservation biologists, as well as conservation and development practitioners.
Andrew W. Horowitz is Professor of Economics at the Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas (PhD University of Wisconsin – Madison). Dr. Horowitz has served as an analyst for the Congressional Budget Office, been a Fulbright Scholar in Brazil (FGV-Rio), consulted for The Inter-American Development Bank, and accompanied and advised a U.S. Congressional trade mission to Brazil. He has published articles in The American Economic Review, The International Economic Review, The Journal of International Economics, The Journal of Development Economics, and many other journals.
Paul Huth is the Director of CIDCM as well as a Professor in the Government and Politics Department at the University of Maryland, College Park. He specializes in International Relations Theory, International Conflict and Security Affairs, and United States Foreign and Defense Policy. His current research interests include the study of territorial disputes as a cause of international conflict and war in the 20th century, the impact of international law on the resolution of international disputes, how political institutions in democratic and non-democratic systems affect the escalation and resolution of international disputes, and the wartime consequences of armed conflict for civilian populations in the 20th century--with a particular focus on the mass killing and forced migration of civilian populations.
Scott Ickes is Assistant Professor of Health Services at the University of Washington's School of Public Health. His research focuses on understanding the causes of poor nutrition and on identifying and testing innovative methods for promoting maternal and child health. Scott was previously an Assistant Professor of International Nutrition and Epidemiology in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Sciences at the College of William & Mary, where he co-directed the Public Health minor and directed the Public Health Nutrition Lab.
Ryan Jablonski is an Assistant Professor at the London School of Economics and Political Science. His research looks at the role of foreign capital, including development aid, on the domestic politics of recipient states. Among other things, his research explains the way electoral politics play an important role in shaping the distribution and effectiveness of foreign aid. His research has been published in World Politics, British Journal of Political Science, and the Journal of Conflict Resolution.
Erasmus Kersting is an Assistant Professor of Economics at Villanova University. He received his PhD in Economics from Texas A&M University in 2009. His research interests include studying macroeconomic fluctuations, as well as potential drivers of economic and societal development such as firm-level innovation and development aid. His articles have been published in journals such as Review of International Economics, Economic Inquiry, and Review of Economic Dynamics. He is work includes a recent article in the European Economic Review examining the impact of aid on democracy, coauthored with Christopher Kilby.
Homi Kharas is a senior fellow and deputy director for the Global Economy and Development program at Brookings. Formerly a chief economist in the East Asia and Pacific Region of the World Bank, Kharas currently studies policies and trends influencing developing countries, including aid to poor countries, the emergence of a middle class, the food crisis and global governance and the G20. He has served most recently as the lead author and executive secretary of the secretariat supporting the High Level Panel, co-chaired by President Sirleaf, President Yudhoyono and Prime Minister Cameron, advising the U.N. Secretary General on the post-2015 development agenda.
Shahriar Kibriya is the Associate Director of the Center on Conflict and Development at Texas A&M University. He has more than eight years of professional and research experience on international development, public policy, quantitative studies of social science, and food security in fragile societies. He specializes in building mathematical models of conflict, food security of developing nations, public policy and modern implications of inductive causation. Dr. Kibriya has authored several academic articles and conference publications. He has also developed several concept notes and is involved in the implementation of development projects and research in Asia and Africa.
Christopher Kilby is Associate Professor of Economics and Emerging Scholar in International Business at the Villanova School of Business at Villanova University and the ARC Team Leader for Economic Growth. His research focuses on the political economy of foreign aid including how donor influence in international aid organizations impacts aid effectiveness. Kilby received his PhD in Economics from Stanford University and his research has been featured in publications such as Journal of Development Economics, Economic Development and Cultural Change, Economics Letters, the Review of International Organizations, and World Development.
Nisha Krishnan is a PhD candidate at the LBJ School of Public Affairs. Her current research interests lie at the intersection of development and environment. She worked on the Global Adaptation Atlas, conducted vulnerability assessments in Central and West Asia, and designed guidance on adaptation for USAID. She has presented and written on several topics including: monitoring and tracking systems for adaptation aid, the economic costs of adaptation, and application of valuation techniques for climate change. She holds an MA in Applied Economics from Johns Hopkins University and a BA in Economics and Political Science from Macalester College.
Maciek Latek is a modeler with expertise in economics, politics, security, statistics, operations research and data mining. He specialize in building analytical tools, decision support systems and multi-agent simulations. He holds a PhD in Computational Social Science from George Mason University and an MSc in Quantitative Methods from the Warsaw School of Economics. He co-founded Scensei, a decision support and analytics enterprise. He is a Research Assistant Professor at the Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study.
David Leblang is Professor and Chair of the Department of Politics at the University of Virginia. A graduate of Florida State University, David received his PhD from Vanderbilt University. His work is in the area of international political economy with a focus on global migration, capital flows and financial markets. A specialist in political economy, Leblang has served as a consultant to the International Monetary Fund, The Directorate of Finance and Economics of the European Commission, and the Department of Defense. He is co-author of Democratic Politics and Financial Markets: Pricing Politics (2006).
Kenneth Lee is a PhD candidate in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at the University of California, Berkeley, and a researcher for the Energy for Economic Growth (EEG) initiative based at the Energy Institute at Haas and the Center for Effective Global Action (CEGA). He studies topics related to development economics and energy economics. He holds an MSc from UC Berkeley, an MIA from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University and a BCom from McGill University.
Erin Lentz is the Assistant Professor of Public Affairs at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs. Her research interests lie in issues of food security, poverty and inequality, and sustainable development. She studies issues of international food assistance, US food aid, and response analysis – the portion of the programming cycle during which an agency identifies which transfer to distribute (cash, food, vouchers). Over the past decade of research, she has examined a range of issues relating to policy, targeting, and markets. Broadly she focuses on the institutional characteristics that shape a range of factors around food assistance programming design and delivery.
Marc Levy serves as Deputy Director of the Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN), a unit of The Earth Institute at Columbia University. He is a political scientist specializing in the human dimensions of global environmental change. He has worked closely with the U.S. government and the United Nations on climate-security problems, and is currently a lead author on the Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change Fifth Assessment. In addition to researching climate-security connections, Levy explores methods for predicting emerging infectious disease risk and for measuring sustainable development, and is leading a project in Haiti to reduce vulnerability to disaster risks by integrating ecology and economic development goals on a watershed scale.
David Lobell is an Associate Professor in Earth System Science, Deputy Director of the Center on Food Security and the Environment, and William Wrigley Senior Fellow at the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment and the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies. His research focuses on identifying opportunities to raise crop yields in major agricultural regions, with a particular emphasis on adaptation to climate change. His current projects span Africa, South Asia, Mexico, and the United States, and involve a range of tools including remote sensing, GIS, and crop and climate models.
James D. Long is an Academy Scholar at the Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies and an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Washington. Previously, he was a dissertation fellow at the Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation, a Jennings Randolph Peace Scholar at the US Institute of Peace, and a Fulbright Scholar. His research in sub-Saharan Africa and Afghanistan focuses on elections in developing countries, including the determinants of voting behavior, the dynamics of electoral fraud, the impact of ICT and digital media on corruption monitoring, and the effects of civil war and insurgency on state-building.
Matt Lowe is pursuing his PhD in Economics, specializing in the field of development economics, political economy and international economy. He previously worked as a Projects Officer at the International Monetary Fund and a Consultant at the World Bank. He has two working papers on the public and private marginal product of capital and the privatization of African railways. Matt also studies Mandarin Chinese.
Jason Lyall is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science and Director of the Political Violence FieldLab at Yale University. He is also a faculty associate of Yale’s Institution for Social and Policy Studies (ISPS), Jackson Institute for Global Affairs, and MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies. He served as Technical Adviser for USAID’s Measuring the Impact of Stabilization Initiatives (MISTI) project in Afghanistan for 2012-15.
Mona Lyne is Chair and Associate Professor of Political Science at Kansas City and specializes in comparative politics and international relations. She published a book titled Voter’s Dilemma and Democrtic Accountability: Latin America and Beyond and has had articles published in journals such as Review of International Organizations, American Journal of Political Science, and Party Politics.
Daniel Maliniak is a Professor at the College of William & Mary. He received his PhD in Political Science at the University of California, San Diego. Dan's research focuses on the importance of electoral geography across many areas of political economy, with a focus on trade, foreign aid, and the environment. Specifically, he investigates on how the spatial dispersion of interests help or harm an interest group's ability to promote their ideal policy. He is a principal investigator on the Teaching, Research and International Policy (TRIP) program, which focuses on the intersections between the academy, policy, and teaching. His work has appeared in International Organization, International Studies Quarterly, Politics and Gender, and other journals.
Brent McCusker is an Associate Professor and the Associate Chair of Geography at West Virginia University. Brent is concerned with how the environment is produced, reproduced, and commodified to promote development in historically lesser developed areas. His research is focused in two areas (environment/development) with an interest in methods, demonstrated by his recent publications.
Patrick Meier is an internationally recognized thought leader on the application of new technologies for crisis early warning, humanitarian response and resilience. He presently serves as Director of Social Innovation at the Qatar Computing Research Institute (QCRI) where he develops and prototypes Next Generation Humanitarian Technologies using Social Computing, Big Data Analytics, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning. Prior to QCRI, Patrick co-founded and co-directed the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative’s (HHI) Program on Crisis Mapping & Early Warning and served as Director of Crisis Mapping at Ushahidi.
Axel Michaelowa is head of the group on international climate policy at the chair “Political Economy and Development”, University of Zurich and Center for Comparative and International Studies (CIS). Besides his research work, he is senior founding partner of the consultancy “Perspectives”. Axel is a lead author of the chapter on international agreements in the 5th Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change due in 2014 and wrote on mitigation policies in the 4th Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change published in 2007.
Katherine Michaelowa is a professor of Political Economy and Development at the University of Zurich, Switzerland. She studied at the Universities of Mannheim and Hamburg and at the Delhi School of Economics. From 1997-2000, she was an administrator at the OECD, Paris (development research, co-ordination of donor policies, education policy and educational indicators); from 2000-2006 researcher at the Hamburg Institute of International Economics (HWWA / HWWI), since December 2001 as head of the research group “Trade and Development”. Her research interests are development studies, public choice, economics of aid, education policy and international climate policy.
Daniel Miller is an Assistant Professor with the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His research and teaching focus on environmental politics and policy. He is especially interested in understanding the conservation and development impacts of international aid in tropical countries and the political factors that shape those impacts. He works in a variety of settings around the world, but has a strong geographic interest in Africa and on forests more generally.
Marco Millones is an Assistant Professor of Geography at the University of Mary Washington. Previously he was a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Geospatial Analysis at the College of William & Mary. He received his PhD from the Graduate School of Geography at Clark University and an MA degree from the University of Miami. He has 10 years of academic and professional experience with geospatial analysis applications for land use/cover dynamics, sustainability indicators and development policy.
Helen V. Milner is the B. C. Forbes Professor of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University and the director of the Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance at Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School. She was the chair of the Department of Politics from 2005 to 2011. She has written extensively on issues related to international political economy, the connections between domestic politics and foreign policy, globalization and regionalism, and the relationship between democracy and trade policy. She is currently working on issues related to globalization and development, such as the political economy of foreign aid, the "digital divide" and the global diffusion of the internet, and the relationship between globalization and democracy.
Scott Morgenstern's research focuses on political parties, electoral systems, and legislatures, with a regional specialization in Latin America. Among his publications are Patterns of Legislative Politics: Roll Call Voting in the United States and Latin America’s Southern Cone (Cambridge University Press, 2004), Legislative Politics in Latin America, (coeditor and contributor; Cambridge University Press, 2002), and Pathways to Power (coeditor and contributor, Pennsylvania State University Press, 2008). His articles have appeared in the Journal of Politics, Comparative Political Studies; Comparative Politics, Party Politics, Electoral Studies, Review of International Political Economy, and other journals. He was also the primary investigator on a grant from the USAID to produce documents related to their political party development programs.
Kevin Morrison is an Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Political Science at the University of Pittsburgh, where he teaches classes on quantitative methods and the international and comparative political economy of developing countries. He previously held positions at Cornell University and Princeton University. Much of his research has focused on nontax revenues in developing countries, such as oil revenues, foreign aid, and intergovernmental grants. He is also a principal investigator of the Global Leadership Project. His work has been funded by the National Science Foundation and the World Bank among other sources.
Lisa Mueller is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Macalester College. She received her PhD from UCLA in 2014, specializing in comparative politics, political economy, and social movements. She is currently studying the interplay of material and political grievances in African protests, with a focus on Niger and Senegal.
Seyed Mussavi Rizi is a Researcher at George Mason University's Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study. He received his PhD from George Mason University's Department of Computational Social Science in 2012.
Daniel Nielson is Professor and Associate Chair in the Department of Political Science at Brigham Young University. He is a founder and principal investigator of AidData. He received his PhD in international affairs from University of California – San Diego in 1997. He has been a visiting scholar at Duke University, the College of William & Mary, and the Centro de Investigación y Docencia Economicas (CIDE) in Mexico. He has been a principal investigator on major grants from the U.S. National Science Foundation, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and USAID. His scholarship focuses on international development, foreign aid, international organizations, and international field experiments. He is co-author of Global Shell Games: Experiments in Transnational Relations, Crime and Terrorism and co-editor of Delegation and Agency in International Organizations, both published by Cambridge University Press. He has also authored articles in the American Journal of Political Science, International Organization, World Development, Comparative Political Studies, and International Studies Quarterly, among other journals.
Mead Over is a senior fellow at the Center for Global Development researching economics of efficient, effective, and cost-effective health interventions in developing countries. Much of his work since 1987, first at the World Bank and now at the CGD, is on the economics of the AIDS epidemic. After work on the economic impact of the AIDS epidemic and on cost-effective interventions, he co-authored the Bank’s first comprehensive treatment of the economics of AIDS in the book, Confronting AIDS: Public Priorities for a Global Epidemic (1997,1999). His most recent book is Achieving an AIDS Transition: Preventing Infections to Sustain Treatment (2011)in which he offers options, for donors, recipients, activists and other participants in the fight against HIV, to reverse the trend in the epidemic through better prevention. His previous publications include The Economics of Effective AIDS Treatment: Evaluating Policy Options for Thailand (2006). Other papers examine the economics of preventing and of treating malaria.
Alexander Pfaff, PhD, is Associate Professor of Public Policy, Economics and Environment and an environmental-and-natural-resources economist focused upon how economic development and the environment & natural resources affect each other. His research examines: impacts on deforestation of roads, protected areas and ecopayments (Brazil's Amazon, Costa Rica, Bolivia, Peru, Mexico and US); influences on harmful exposures (stove emissions in China and Pakistan, drinking arsenic in Bangladesh); responses to climate and water shocks in production and bargaining under water policies (Brazil's NE and Colombia); and how U.S. regulators might shift the incentives for firms to audit and provide information. This applied research aims to raise the chance that interventions have their intended impacts upon the environment and natural resources while benefiting all the people and groups they are designed to help.
Paula M. Pickering is an Associate Professor of Government at the College of William & Mary whose research has focused on how Western Balkan citizens and elites influence international efforts to rebuild post-conflict societies and states. She is working on extending recent research investigating the impact of foreign aid for local democratic governance in the Western Balkans to post-conflict societies in other regions. Before getting her PhD in Political Science (University of Michigan in 2001), she worked as a human rights officer for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe’s Mission in Bosnia-Herzegovina (1996) and as the politico-military analyst for Eastern Europe at the US Department of State (1990-1994).
Clionadh Raleigh is a Professor of Human Geography at the University of Sussex. She previously served as a Lecturer in the Department of Political Science at Trinity College, Dublin and an external researcher at the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO). She is a political geographer, and her work is focused mainly on conflict, governance, and the social consequences of climate change in sub-Saharan Africa. Clionadh directs the Armed Conflict Location and Event Data (ACLED) project, which tracks local conflict events in fifty countries. Her current work concerns conflict patterns, government intervention, and drought patterns in the Sahel belt, and appears in journals such as Political Geography. She earned her PhD in Geography from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Elizabeth Ransom is an Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Richmond in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology. Her primary research interests are in international development, global agriculture and food systems with an emphasis on Southern Africa, and science and technology studies especially in relation to agriculture and food. She received her PhD from Michigan State University.
Gina Yannitell Reinhardt is Assistant Professor of Public Service and Administration at the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University. Her work on foreign aid and development examines how decision makers, faced with limited resources and information about competitors, allocate and implement funds. Her investigations with disaster evacuees explore how uncertainty in crisis situations allows different sources of information to step in and form public opinion regarding political trust and safety. She has published in several peer-reviewed journals, including Political Analysis, Journal of Theoretical Politics, World Development, Political Science and Politics, andLegislative Studies Quarterly.
Timmons Roberts is Ittleson Professor of Environmental Studies and Sociology at Brown University, where he was Director of the Center for Environmental Studies. He is a Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution. He previously taught at the College of William and Mary and directed its Program in Environmental Science and Policy. Timmons' current research is on climate change and economic development, with a core focus on how inequality affects our ability to address this complex global problem. He received his PhD from Johns Hopkins University in 1992.
Philip Roessler is an Assistant Professor at the College of William & Mary, and the Director of the Center for African Development (CAD) at William & Mary's Institute for the Theory and Practice of International Relations (ITPIR). His research and teaching offer new perspectives on conflict, state-building, and development, with a focus on the region of sub-Saharan Africa, where he has conducted extensive field research. He received his PhD in Political Science from the University of Maryland, and has held fellowships at Stanford University and Oxford University. His research has been published in World Politics, American Journal of Political Science and other journals.
Siri Aas Rustad has a PhD from PRIO and is now a senior researcher there. She is a member of the conflict trends, environment, non-state conflict actors research groups and is a member of the project on female empowerment in Eastern DRC. Her work has been published in journals such as International Interactions, Conflict Management and Peace Science, and the Journal of Peace Research.
Burcu Savun is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Pittsburgh. She studies the ways states cooperate and intervene to end and prevent violent conflicts, including civil wars and terrorism. Her research builds from the premise that international and domestic political environments affect both the termination of ongoing violent conflicts and the onset of new ones, particularly during democratization movements and global economic crises. Her current work focuses on the effectiveness of foreign aid as a conflict prevention tool.
Dr. Joel Selway is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at BYU. Selway's research addresses the design of democratic political institutions for ethnically-divided societies. He has analyzed topics as diverse as civil war, riots, economic growth and public goods provision. Selway's work has appeared in World Politics, Political Analysis, Comparative Political Studies, British Journal of Political Science, Journal of Conflict Resolution, among others.He received his PhD from the University of Michigan in 2009.
Amy Kracker Selzer is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, VA. She teaches courses in globalization, urban sociology, comparative sociology, and American society. Her current research projects examine the ways in which civil society engages with the state to foster urban development. Her work also examines the spatial dynamics of race and class in urban South Africa. She received her PhD in Sociology from Brown University in 2012.
Steve Shellman directs the Violent Intranational Political Conflict and Terrorism (VIPCAT) Lab within the Institute for Theory and Practice of International Relations at W&M. His work fuses theories and methods form social science, computer science, and linguistics disciplines to better understand the causes and consequences of political violence, instability, and terrorism. His team's research is the backbone of the US Department of Defense's Worldwide Integrated Crisis Early Warning System (WICEWS) used by combatant commands and the intelligence community to analyze and anticipate current and potential threats to global security.
Alastair Smith has published books such as The Dictator’s Handbook, Punishing the Prince, and The Logic of Political Survival. His work has also been published in journals such as Economics and Politics, British Journal of Political Science, Journal of Conflict Resolution, and American Political Science Review.
Todd Smith is Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Nevada, Reno. He received his PhD in public policy from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at UT Austin in 2015. His dissertation examined the causal link between rising food prices and political protest in Africa, specifically South Africa. Todd's other research interests are in poverty reduction, sustainable development, climate change adaptation, natural resource management, food security and African politics. He has traveled extensively in throughout Africa and has worked for Doctors Without Borders in Ethiopia, Impumelelo Social Innovations Centre in South Africa, and the International Food Policy Research Institute in Uganda.
John Spencer holds a Master’s degree in Geography and is a spatial analyst specializing in issues concerning health and medical geography. He has 20 years experience with spatial tools such as Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Global Positioning System (GPS) receivers and spatial analysis methods. Mr. Spencer has cultivated experience in the use of these tools to better understand the distribution of health services and their relationship to populations in need, as well as using GIS to strengthen the available data infrastructure through its ability to link disparate data sets. He has co-authored a book on the use of GPS receivers in social science research, as well as multiple guides and toolkits which facilitate the use of spatial methods and techniques in health research. Additionally, Mr. Spencer has written numerous articles on methods and techniques for understanding accessibility and potential accessibility to health services. He has taught multiple courses, workshops and trainings on the use of GIS, GPS and other spatial tools.
Martin Steinwand is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Stony Brook University. He received his PhD from the University of Rochester in April, 2010. His research interests include international political institutions, foreign aid, civil war, and spatial econometrics. His work examines the conditions under which donors coordinate the provision of foreign aid, how volatility of aid flows affects political stability in recipient countries, and network aspects of civil war.
Daniel Strandow is a PhD candidate at the Department of Peace and Conflict Research. At the University of Texas at Austin he is currently a pre-doctoral fellow with the Strauss Center CCAPS program and a research fellow and lecturer at the European Union Center of Excellence. Mr. Strandow's research interests include how foreign aid going to areas of varying territorial dominance can influence warring parties’ ability and will to kill opponents. Theoretically these interests are pursued from a rational choice as well as a systemic approach. Empirically Strandow and colleagues are mapping territorial dominance in Africa South of the Sahara. Mr. Strandow was a pioneer of systematically geocoding foreign aid projects. His work has supported geo-coding efforts at the World Bank, USAID, African Development Bank, International Aid Transparency Initiative, the AidData Center for Development Policy, and others.
John Swaddle is a Professor of Biology at William & Mary and was Dean of Graduate Studies and Research from 2012-2013. The major question that has stimulated most of his research is the role of environmental stressors in moderating ecological and evolutionary change—a question of growing importance as anthropogenic stressors on natural populations continue to increase. He has expanded his research program to include an explicit conservation angle to study how anthropogenic environmental disturbance (e.g. land use change and noise pollution) affects breeding performance and behavioral strategies in song birds. One of his current studies analyzes how the presence of World Bank projects affects bird biodiversity. Before W&M, Swaddle was an assistant professor at University of Bristol, where he also received his PhD in Behavioral Ecology.
Bann Seng Tan is a visiting assistant professor in the Government Department at the College of William & Mary. He received his PhD from the Graduate Center at City University New York in 2013. In his research on foreign aid, he studies the effectiveness of aid conditionality in democracy promotion.
Arilton Teixeira serves as director, teacher and researcher at FUCAPE Business School in Brazil. He is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Monetary Economics, the Brazilian Journal of Finance and Brazilian Business Review. His research focuses on international trade, international finance, economic growth and development, industrial organization, and governments motivations in provoding foreign assistance. He received his PhD in Economics at the University of Minnesota.
Jennifer Tobin joined the Georgetown Public Policy Institute in 2008 after completing doctoral studies at Yale University and a fellowship at Nuffield College, Oxford. Her main research interests are in the political economy of development, specifically focusing on international investment, small and microfinance, trade, and development assistance. She is currently working on projects focusing on property rights enforcement for small investors, free trade agreements in emerging market economies, and the emergence of pro-poor economic policies in developing countries. Prior to joining Georgetown she was a fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford, a Global Economy and Development Fellow at the Brookings Institution and worked for microfinance institutions in Uganda, Haiti, and Mexico. At GPPI Jennifer teaches the public management course focused on developing.
Henrik Urdal obtained his PhD at the University of Oslo in 2007. Urdal is a senior researcher at the Peace Research Institute Oslo, where he is affiliated with the Centre for the Study of Civil War. Since October 2010, he has been the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Peace Research. Urdal has held research fellowships at East West Center (Honolulu, Hawaii; 2005-2006) and at the Kennedy School of Government. He has previously worked for the Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (1999). His research addresses the relationship between demography, environment, and politics, particularly focusing on how population growth, "youth bulges", and climate change affect violent conflict.
Maurits van der Veen is an Assistant Professor in Government at the College of William & Mary. His research is situated at the intersection between international and comparative political economy, seeking to understand the political choices and economic expenditures associated with policies that do not appear to be straightforwardly self-interested. His research examines the ways policymakers think about foreign policy, and the impact that different frames have on policy choices. He received his BA from Dartmouth College, an MS in computer science from Stanford University, and a PhD in government from Harvard University.
Daniel Vasiliu is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Mathematics. His research interest are in calculus of variations, optimization, dynamical systems and numerical analysis. Before working at William & Mary, Daniel taught at Cristopher Newport University and received his PhD at Michigan State University.
Michael Walker is a PhD student in Economics at the University of California, Berkeley. He received his BA in Economics with Honors and Distinction from Stanford University in 2009. He has previously been a Research Associate and Assitant Economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, and Research Assistant to Professor Edward Miguel at Berkeley.
Patrick Paul Walsh took up the Chair in International Development Studies in the School of Politics and International Relations, University College Dublin, in 2007. He received a PhD from the London School of Economics and Political Science in 1994. During 1992-2007 he was in the Department of Economics, Trinity College Dublin. He left Trinity College Dublin an Associate Professor, College Fellow and Dean of Social and Human Sciences. He was a Visiting Professor at K.U. Leuven during 1997-1999 and a Research Scholar in the Department of Economics, Harvard University, during the academic year 2002-2003.
Kate Weaver is Associate Professor and Graduate Director at the LBJ School of Public Affairs, The University of Texas at Austin. She is a lead researcher in the Strauss Center's Climate Change and African Political Stability (CCAPS) program and co-director (with Dr. Mike Findley) of Innovations for Peace and Development, which hosts one of the ACDP labs. Kate's research focuses on the diffusion and implementation of open data policies, reform of international financial institutions, and tracking and mapping climate and food security aid. She holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Erik Wibbels is professor of political science at Duke University and the co-general editor of the Cambridge Studies in Comparative Politics series. His research focuses on development, redistribution and political geography and has been published by Cambridge University Press, World Politics, International Organization, American Journal of Political Science, American Political Science Review and other journals. He also works with bilateral and multilateral donors to improve the design and evaluation of governance programming.
Matthew Winters is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and an Affiliated Faculty of Latin American and Caribbean Studies, African Studies, and East Asian Pacific Studies. He has contributed to books such as Handbook of Economic Governance: Players, Power and Paradigms, New Advances in Experimental Research on Corruption and has been published in journals such as International Studies Quarterly, Comparative Politics, and International Interactions.
Jim Wright is co-author and instructor for GIS for Analysis of Health and a lecturer in GIS and Health Geography with the University of Southampton in the United Kingdom. He previously taught GIS at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. After studying for an MSc in Geographical Information Systems with University of Edinburgh in 1991, he went on to study a child nutrition information system in Zimbabwe for his PhD. Jim has continued to work in southern Africa, currently through a project called AQUATEST, which seeks to improve the data handling associated with drinking water quality monitoring.
Joseph Wright is an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science and currently holds the Jeffrey L. and Sharon D. Hyde Early Career Professorship. He completed his PhD at UCLA in 2007 and held post-doctoral positions at Princeton University and the University of Notre Dame. His research on foreign aid and autocratic politics has been published or is forthcoming in the American Journal of Political Science, the Annual Review of Political Science, British Journal of Political Science, Comparative Political Studies, International Organization, International Studies Quarterly, and the Journal of Politics. His research has been funded by the National Science Foundation and the Minerva Research Initiative.
Joseph Young is an associate professor in the School of Public Affairs at American University and the Democracy and Governance ARC Team Leader. His research focuses on political institutions and violence and is published in numerous peer-reviewed articles across academic disciplines, including political science, economics, criminology, and international studies. The National Science Foundation and the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) have funded his research.
Brigitte Zimmerman obtained her PhD in Political Science from the University of California, San Diego in August of 2014. She will join the faculty of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Public Policy in the 2015-2016 academic year. She is a scholar of comparative politics, focusing on the political economy of development. Her research agenda examines the relationship between citizens and political officials, with a particular emphasis on accountability in consolidating democracies.
Christoph Zuercher is Professor at the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Ottawa. He received his PhD from the University of Bern, Switzerland. Previous teaching and research appointments include the University of Konstanz, Germany, the Institut d'Études Politiques d'Aix-en-Provence, Stanford University, and Freie University Berlin. His research and teaching interests include conflict, state-building and intervention, international governance, and development. His regional focus is on the Former Soviet Union, especially on Russia, the Caucasus, and Central Asia including Afghanistan. He is the editor of "Potentials of Disorder: Explaining Violence in the Caucasus and in the Former Yugoslavia" (Manchester UP, 2003) and "The Post-Soviet Wars: Rebellion, Ethnic Conflict and Nationhood in the Post-Soviet Era" (New York: University Press, 2007).