Meet the Faculty

American University has one of the largest concentrations of faculty, referred to as Scholar-Practitioners, focused on international development. The development faculty is distinguished by its scholarly reputation, its diversity, its combination of theory and field experience, its commitment to teaching, and its maintenance of a strong collegial relationship with the students in the program.

Program Director

Research interests

  • Development and democracy in Latin America

Core Faculty

Research interests

  • Political economy of development and local governance in South Asia

Research interests

  • Environment
  • Development

Research interests

  • Peacebuilding and peacekeeping
  • Development
  • Global governance
  • War-to-peace transitions

Research interests

  • Humanitarian interventions
  • Sustainable development
  • Global health

Research interests

  • International development

Research interests

  • Monitoring
  • Evaluation

Research interests

  • Political economy and cultural politics of transformation in Southeast Asian cities

Research interests

  • Food system change
  • Political instability
  • Food insecurity

Research interests

  • Global development and effectiveness

Research interests

  • Latin American politics
  • Democratization
  • Migration

Research interests

  • Bureaucracies of international aid projects
  • Haiti

Research interests

  • International development

Research interests

  • Race, class, gender, and identity in the African diaspora

Research interests

  • Food
  • Conflict

Research interests

  • Demography
  • Africa
  • HIV
  • family planning

Research interests

  • Gender and development
  • Population

Research interests

  • Global health
  • Micropolitics of development

Affiliated Faculty