Ani Harutyunyan

Research Analyst

Policy Analysis

Shaping ideas in international development using the power of coding



Ani Harutyunyan is a Research Analyst at AidData. Prior to joining AidData, Ani was a researcher at the LICOS Centre for Institutions and Economic Performance at KU Leuven in Brussels, and has also worked with the World bank, International Monetary Fund and Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation.

Ani holds a PhD in Economics. Her doctoral research, conducted at the University of Leuven and Southern Methodist University, focused on issues in international development and long-run economic growth. Her research has been published in leading academic journals, such as International Migration ReviewEurasian Economic Review and Economics Letters

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Dr. Michael Tierney is the George and Mary Hylton Professor of Government and International Relations, a founder of AidData, and Co-Director of the Institute for the Theory and Practice of International Relations (ITPIR), administrative home of AidData. In total, ITPIR houses five major research projects or centers. Mike served as a Principal Investigator on AidData’s five-year, $25 million cooperative agreement with USAID. His expertise includes international organizations, the role of IR scholars in policymaking, and the development role of the BRICSA countries and their impact on the global development regime. 

Mike teaches on international relations, international organization, and international development. He has published two books: Greening Aid? Understanding the Environmental Impact of Development Assistance, Oxford University Press, 2008; Delegation and Agency in International Organizations, Cambridge University Press, 2006. He has published articles in International Organization, International Studies Quarterly, World Development, Journal of Conflict Resolution, Review of International Organizations, Review of International Political Economy, International Studies Review, Foreign Policy, Journal of IR and Development, Politics and Gender, Environment, International Studies Perspectives, Law and Contemporary Problems, and International Politics. Mike holds a PhD in Political Science and Government from UC San Diego, and a BA in Political Science and Government from the College of William and Mary.

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International Relations, International Political Economy, International Development, Foreign Aid, Emerging Powers, Institutional Theory


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