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Robin Broad

Professor School of International Service

Dr. Robin Broad, Professor of International Development, established and heads SIS’s International Development Program’s unique curricular offerings on economic globalization and development and on environment and development with a focus on social, environmental, and economic accountability. She came to AU with a wide range of professional experiences – from international economist in the U.S. Treasury Department to work with civil-society organizations in the Philippines.

  • • Dr. Broad was awarded a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship (2017-2018)
  • • She was recipient of the International Studies Association's J. Ann Tickner Award (2016) for “high-quality, pioneering scholarship that pushes the boundaries of the discipline with a deep commitment to service, especially teaching and mentoring.”
  • • She has been American University’s Green Teacher of the Year (2013-14) and the recipient of four other awards from SIS for her teaching and scholarship.
  • • She is an active "scholar participant" in the movement to create a more just and sustainable economic globalization. She is currently on the Boards of Directors of Focus on the Global South and Earthworks, an Associate Fellow at Vermont Law School’s New Economy Law Center, and a Fellow at the Samdhana Institute.
  • • She has conducted fieldwork in the Philippines (extensively since 1977) and elsewhere in Southeast Asia including Indonesia and Thailand, and in El Salvador (extensively since 2010), and elsewhere in Central America including Costa Rica and Guatemala.

Degrees

  • Doctor of Philosophy; Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs; Princeton University.
  • Master in Public Affairs; Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs; Princeton University.
  • Bachelor of Arts; Economics, Environmental Studies (double major); Williams College.

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See Also
Professor Broad's blogs for TripleCrisis
Professor Broad's blogs for The Hill
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Teaching

  • Spring 2018

Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Research Interests

Building on training in development economics and ecology, Dr. Broad’s work has evolved to what she terms “trans-disciplinary” research. Her lens is also multi-level, moving from local to national to global – with specific foci related to the following sub-fields:

  • The public and private structures of global economic governance.
  • The impact of these structures of governance on economies, people, and their environments.
  • The social movements that are challenging the current structures of global economic governance.

Dr. Broad’s current research centers on socially, environmentally, and economically responsible policies for extractives/mining (with a focus on El Salvador and other countries that have put in place mining regulations) and for agriculture (with a focus on the Philippines and basic, subsistence grains).

 

Honors, Awards, and Fellowships

See cv (p. 4) for full list of External Awards and AU Awards.

Dr. Broad’s external awards include:

  • John Simon Guggenheim Fellow (2017-2018)
  • North American Labor History Conference’s Bernath Award for the Support and Discussion of American History, Diplomacy, and Foreign Affairs (2016). 
  • International Studies Association’s J. Ann Tickner Award for “high-quality, pioneering scholarship that pushes the boundaries of the discipline with a deep commitment to service, especially teaching and mentoring” (2016).
  • First runner-up for the $50,000 Canadian Lionel Gelber Prize for the “best [English-language] book in the field of international relations” (1993).
  • Finalist, World Hunger Year, for best book (1993).
  • Council on Foreign Relations: Life Member (1998-present); Term Member (1989-94).
  • Council on Foreign Relations, International Affairs Fellow (1987-88).
  • Henry Luce Foundation, Fellow (1977-78).

Grants and Sponsored Research

See cv (p. 4) for a comprehensive list.

Dr. Broad’s grants include:

  • Fulbright Specialist Roster Candidate (2016-2021).
  • Ford Foundation, Consultant and Grantee.
  • Two-time Awardee of John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Grant for Research and Writing in International Peace and Cooperation.
  • Henry Luce Foundation-funded “Grant to Isolated Southeast Asian Scholars Program.”
  • National Science Foundation, Undergraduate Research Grant.

Executive Experience

  • Senior Staff Economist, US Congressman Charles E. Schumer (1985-87).
  • International Economist, US Treasury Department (1983-85).

Selected Publications

See cv (pp. 6-20) for a comprehensive list.

Dr. Broad is widely-published in highly-ranked academic and policy journals as well as civil-society and more popular publications. These include the University of Pennsylvania Journal of International Law, World Development, Foreign Policy, the Review of International Political Economy, and the New York Times. Publications related to her current research include:

  • “From Extractivism towards Buen Vivir: Mining Policy as an Indicator of a New Development Paradigm Prioritizing the Environment,” with SIS Phd student Julia Fischer-Mackey, Third World Quarterly (forthcoming).
  • “Corporate Bias in the World Bank Group's International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes: A Case Study of a Global Mining Corporation Suing El Salvador,” University of Pennsylvania International Law Journal 36 (2015).
  • “Poorer Countries and the Environment: Friends or Foes?” with John Cavanagh, World Development, 72 (2015).
  • "The Development and Agriculture Paradigms Transformed: Reflections from the Small-Scale Organic Rice Fields of the Philippines," with John Cavanagh, Journal of Peasant Studies, 39 (2012).
  • “Research, Knowledge, and the Art of ‘Paradigm Maintenance’: The World Bank’s Development Economics Vice-Presidency (DEC),” Review of International Political Economy 13 (2006).

Multimedia

Society for Ecological Economics, Keynote on “Redefining Development”

Is small scale agroecological farming a realistic alternative to feed the world?

AU Expert

Area of Expertise:

Globalization; development; environment; NGOs; International Organizations; corporate social responsibility; responsible trade and investment; child labor and de facto “slave labor”; "anti-globalization"

Additional Information:

Robin Broad came to AU with a wide range of professional experiences – from international economist in the U.S. Treasury Department to work with civil-society organizations in the Philippines. Broad established the International Development Program’s curricular offerings on economic globalization and development and on environment and development with a focus on social, environmental, and economic accountability. She is the author of Development Redefined: How the Market Met Its Match (Paradigm Publishers, 2009). She is faculty advisor to such student organizations as Amnesty International and the Fair Trade Student Association, she has served or is serving on the boards of directors of Rugmark (now called GoodWeave), the Bank Information Center, Food First, and the Philippine Development Forum. She is an active "scholar participant" in the movement to create a more just and sustainable economic globalization. She is the author, coauthor, or editor of numerous publications, including Global Backlash: Citizen Initiatives for a Just World Economy (Rowman and Littlefield, 2002); Alternatives to Economic Globalization: A Better World Is Possible(Berrett-Koehler, 2nd ed., 2004); Plundering Paradise: The Struggle for the Environment in the Philippines(University of California Press, 1993); and Unequal Alliance: The World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, and the Philippines (University of California Press, 1988). Current events related to El Salvador & attempts to ban gold-mining. At global level, this includes “investor-state clause” cases brought before the World Bank-based Tribunal called the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) “Food security” issues, from farmers (first lived with farming community in the Philippines 30-plus years ago; recently lived with rice-farmers in the Philippines; fishing communities in Trinidad, and corn/bean farmers in El Salvador) to consumer issues (example: “white” rice versus whole-grain rice). Article upcoming in winter issue of Earth Island Journal. Her most recent work has coined the term “rootedness” as the overall goal, to juxtapose with the current model’s focus on economic growth that leads to “vulnerability” in economic, environmental and social terms. See YES! Blog: http://www.yesmagazine.org/blogs/john-cavanagh-and-robin-broad Robin Broad and John Cavanagh report from their search for rootedness—the social, environmental, and economic anchoring that sees us through tough times.

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