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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.


  • 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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  • Fall 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).


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