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.

Administrative DirectoR

Research interests

  • Environmental economics
  • Conservation policy

Core Faculty

Research interests

  • Political economy
  • Ethnicity, inequality, and development
  • Sub-Saharan Africa

Research interests

  • Political economy of development
  • Local governance in South Asia

Research interests

  • Economic globalization and development
  • Environment and development
  • Worker rights vs. corporate rights

Research interests

  • The logic of credible conflict prevention
  • Unlikely sources of peacebuilding 
  • Measuring peace in war

Research interests

  • Humanitarian interventions
  • Sustainable development
  • Global health

Research interests

  • Political economy
  • Cultural politics of transformation
  • Southeast Asia

Research interests

  • Development economics
  • Labor markets and migration
  • Agriculture
  • Environmental economics

Research interests

  • Global development and effectiveness

Research interests

  • Social enterprise
  • Nonprofit management

Research interests

  • Governance and citizen participation
  • Transparency and accountability
  • Action-research

Research interests

  • Bureaucracies of international aid projects
  • Politics of conservation
  • Haiti

Research interests

  • Governance and development
  • Social change and politics
  • Latin America

Research interests

  • Agriculture and rural development
  • Monitoring and evaluation

Research interests

  • Gender, race and identity in Africa
  • The African diaspora
  • African urbanism
  • Politics of representation

Research interests

  • Post-conflict democratization
  • Security-sector reform
  • Smart power and gastrodiplomacy

Research interests

  • International trade
  • Labor economics
  • Development economics

Research interests

  • Global health
  • Reproductive health and HIV
  • Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Sexual and gender minorities

Research interests

  • Gender and development
  • Population and migration
  • South and Southeast Asia

Research interests

  • Global health
  • HIV prevention
  • Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Social networks in health

Affiliated Faculty