Carolyn Iwicki

Graduate Research Assistant

I contributed to The First Tranche while studying public policy at William & Mary.


M.P.P., The College of William & Mary, 2017

B.S., Environmental Biology with Minor in Leadership Studies, Christopher Newport University, 2015


Carolyn Iwicki worked as a Graduate Research Assistant for AidData's Partnerships and Communications team from 2016-2017. Carolyn wrote and organized blog series on topics like "Aid and Conflict" for AidData's in-house blog, The First Tranche, and crafted articles adapting AidData's original analysis and research into blog-friendly science writing. Carolyn received her Master's in Public Policy from William & Mary, and her BS in Environmental Biology from Christopher Newport University. Her studies focus upon bridging the gap between the scientific and policy communities, particularly those involved with marine policy. 


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.

Website and CV


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


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