Mike Tierney is the George and Mary Hylton Professor of Government and International Relations at the College of William & Mary, and co-directs the Institute for the Theory and Practice of International Relations. His interests include international organizations, international relations theory, political economy of development and institutions, and foreign aid.
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.