Bradley C. Parks

Executive Director


Ph.D., International Relations, London School of Economics and Political Science, 2014

M.Sc. (Distinction), Development Management, Development Studies Institute, London School of Economics and Political Science, 2004

B.A. (Highest Honors), International Relations, The College of William and Mary, 2003


Brad Parks is AidData's Executive Director and Research Faculty at the College of William and Mary’s Institute for the Theory and Practice of International Relations. He leads a team of 30 program evaluators, policy analysts, and media and communication professionals who are responsible for equipping policymakers and practitioners with better evidence to improve how sustainable development investments are targeted, monitored, and evaluated. 


Brad’s research is focused on aid allocation and impact, development policy and practice, and the design and implementation of policy and institutional reforms in low-income and lower-middle income countries. His work has been published in disciplinary and inter-disciplinary journals, including Science, World Development, the Journal of Development Studies, Global Environmental Politics, International Studies Quarterly, the Journal of Conflict Resolution, and China Economic Quarterly.  His book publications include Greening Aid? Understanding the Environmental Impact of Development Assistance (Oxford University Press, 2008) and A Climate of Injustice: Global Inequality, North-South Politics, and Climate Policy (MIT Press, 2006). He is currently writing a book (with Axel Dreher, Andreas Fuchs, Austin Strange, and Mike Tierney) on China’s overseas development program.From 2005-2010, Brad was part of the initial team that set up the U.S. Government’s Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC). He helped managed the agency's annual country selection process, and as Acting Director of Threshold Programs oversaw the implementation of a $35 million anti-corruption and judicial reform project in Indonesia and a $21 million customs and tax reform project in the Philippines. Brad holds a Ph.D. in International Relations and an M.Sc. in Development Management from the London School of Economics and Political Science. 



Aid Targeting, Aid Effectiveness, Impact Evaluation, the Political Economy of Reform, Emerging Donors, Chinese Aid


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