Mentors and Projects

LISA ADAMSAssociate Professor of Medicine and Associate Dean for Global Health

Adams’s research is focused on clinical care and operations in the area of TB and TB/HIV to improve diagnosis, care and clinical outcomes in LIC's, mostly working in Tanzania now with the DarDar Programs. She also has a particular interest in pediatric TB. Currently, she is involved in a modeling study to determine the sustainability of new TB diagnostics in high TB burden countries, together with Elizabeth Talbot (DMS), Steve Powell (Tuck) and Jaime Bayona (TDC).

TREB ALLEN, Associate Professor of Economics

My research examines how geography shapes the spatial distribution of economic activity, particularly in developing countries. I design and characterize general equilibrium spatial economic models and then combine these models with detailed spatial data to analyze the effect of real world spatial policies including infrastructure development, immigration policy, trade policy, and urban policy. My research combines mathematical tools (including linear algebra and graph theory), programming skills (primarily using Matlab), statistical analysis (primarily using Stata), and spatial data management (primarily using ArcGIS).

LISA BALDEZ, Professor of Government and of Latin American, Latino and Caribbean Studies (LALACS)

My research examines the extent to which formal institutional rules shape the possibilities for achieving gender equality. I focus on three particular sets of formal rules: human rights treaties, specifically the United Nations’ Convention to Eliminate All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), gender quota laws, which require political parties to nominate female candidates for office, and the Equal Rights Amendment in the United States. In 2014, Cambridge University Press published Defying Convention: US Resistance to the UN Treaty on Women’s Rights, which examines the history of CEDAW, the reasons why the U.S. has not ratified it and what impact it might have in the U.S. if it were ratified.

JOHN CAMPBELL, Professor of Sociology

My research interests span economic and political sociology, comparative political economy, and institutional theory.  He has written about energy and tax policy, the evolution of the U.S. economy, transformations of post-communist societies in Eastern Europe, corporate social responsibility, globalization, the role of ideas and experts in policymaking, and the 2008 financial crisis.  The thread connecting all of this is his interest in how institutions affect national political economies and how they change.

MICHAEL COX, Associate Professor of Environmental Studies

I am primarily focused on community-based natural resource management, with an emphasis on resilience and vulnerabilities in farming and fishing communities in the Dominican Republic. I combine field-based surveys and interviews with GIS and remote sensing data to examine how institutions and technologies combine to affect whether communities of farmers and fishers can function well or not. I also examine environmental policy and governance more broadly.

SIENNA CRAIGAssociate Professor of Anthropology

I investigate contemporary Tibetan medicine, both in Nepal and Tibetan areas of China and as a globalizing "complementary and alternative" medicine. I analyze how practitioners of Tibetan medicine transmit knowledge between generations, and how they are professionalizing. I also address the translation of science across cultural, epistemological, and ideological borders by documenting what happens when Tibetan medicines are made to adhere to biomedical standards of drug safety and quality, and as they are evaluated through clinical research in Asia and the West. In Nepal and China, where I work, these dynamics reflect nation-building agendas and the politics of identity; they also illuminate an expanding global market for complementary and alternative medicines and point to the ethical, economic, and environmental challenges inherent in producing traditional medicines for mass markets. In addition to my work on traditional medicine, I also have a strong interest in maternal and child health, women’s reproductive histories, and the ways that migration and social change impact health care access, decision-making, and the meanings of health and illness. 

TARYN DINKELMAN​, Associate Professor of Economics

I am a development economist who studies the factors that limit how workers in developing countries use their time, what they can earn when they do work, what other in puts they need to be more productive, and where they can sell their labor. My research provides empirical evidence on two of the most basic constraints that limit increases in the value of labor in developing countries. The first set of constraints relates to barriers to improving worker productivity. In this area, I have studied the impacts of factors that increase the value of labor directly – like infrastructure and labor legislation – and indirectly, through investments in future workers’ health and education. The second set of constraints relates to barriers to migration, or to moving labor to places where it can earn more. In this area, I have investigated how and why labor migration has affected the economies of migrant origin communities over the long run.

ERIC EDMONDSProfessor of Economics

My research aims to improve policy directed at child labor, forced labor, and human trafficking, around the world.  In the coming year, students will have the opportunity to work on projects aimed at understanding the child labor content of US agricultural imports, the role life skills play in child time allocation, and how parenting styles influence child outcomes.


SUSANNE FREIDBERGProfessor of Geography

My research centers on the politics and cultural meanings of food provisioning, in and between different parts of the world. One of my enduring interests lies in the expert knowledge that goes into both food itself and all the meanings that surround it. The experts I have tracked down in my fieldwork range from small-scale green bean export farmers in West Africa to lobster traders in Hong Kong, from 18th century French gardeners to contemporary corporate sustainability managers at US “Big Food” companies.  Using multisite ethnography and sometimes archival work, I try to understand the social worlds they work in, the practical and ethical challenges they face, and how these influence the broader workings and politics of food supply.

YUSAKU HORIUCHIAssociate Professor of Government, Mitsui Chair in the Study of Japan

I have written a paper estimating the impacts of US foreign aid (specifically, PEPFAR aimed to address the issues of HIV/AIDS) on the opinion about the US among the publics in recipient countries. I intend to do more studies on foreign aid based on survey experiments or cross-national data. 

JEREMY HOROWITZ, Assistant Professor of Government

My research examines the causes and consequences of democratization in developing countries, particularly in Africa. Current projects focus on campaigns, voter behavior, and distributive politics in settings where ethnic differences are politically salient.

CHELSEY KIVLAND, Assistant Professor of Anthropology

In the broadest terms, my research explores how and why people find meaning in power and conflict. I am fascinated by the way power is both feared and desired, contested and embraced, and the culturally unique ways in which people fight for as well as against power. I situate this inquiry in the context of Haiti and its contested process of democratization and development. My first major research project focuses on local forms of leadership in a Haitian ghetto, and attempts to uncover the multiple and contradictory ways people compete for control over an area. I am particularly concerned with how efforts to exert control over the zone is also a project to access and influence electoral politics, state benefits, and development projects. A second project continues this interest by exploring how uneven development across the hemisphere has spurred the growth of a new transnational deviant subjectivity:  the deportee.  I write and teach about violence, rituals of power, grassroots organizing, development, insecure cities, and Haiti.

THEODORE LEVIN, Professor of Music

In my capacity as Senior Project Consultant to the Aga Khan Trust for Culture, an agency of the Aga Khan Development Network, I've been working in Central Asia (principally Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan) on cultural development, focusing on intangible cultural heritage assets. I've just completed a book on cultural development in Central Asia based on case studies.

PATRICIA LOPEZ, Assistant Professor of Geography

I am a health geographer focusing on the impact of U.S. foreign policy on the unfolding of international health and development projects in Haiti over the past 100 years. I am interested in exploring the racialized discourses that have undergirded US interventionism as well as the social and political responses to these interventions from within Haiti. At the heart of my research is an exploration of the role and accessibility of health citizenship.

ABIGAIL NEELY, Assistant Professor of Geography

At present, I am working on two projects.  One is a small project about a South African land use program called Betterment, through which the government sought to implement comprehensive development programs in rural areas over the middle of the 20th century.  And second, I am in the very early stages of a new project in which I am examining how death has changed in the face of HIV/AIDS and how it is changing again with access to treatment.  I imagine that this project will be multifaceted, including research into the economics of death and dying, changing mourning practices, the impact of death on family livelihood strategies and demographics, shifting expectations for life, and the changing role of ancestors in everything from day-to-day family life to health and healing.

PAUL NOVOSADAssistant Professor of Economics

Novosad’s research uses large administrative datasets to better understand how government programs affect the lives of the poor, especially in India. Current projects include analyzing the effect on poverty of a large-scale rural road program, and some new work on understanding the internal structure of cities and slums in developing countries. Novosad usually works with Econ students, but if you are a CS student interested in applying machine learning in development, Novosad is very interested.

LAURA OGDENAssociate Professor of Anthropology

I am interested in understanding the politics of environmental change and conservation. I have conducted ethnographic research in the Florida Everglades, with urban communities in the United States, and currently, I am working on a long-term project in Tierra del Fuego, Chile.  My research explores how environmental change and conservation efforts impact communities and shape possibilities for Earth stewardship.

CHRIS SNEDDON, Professor of Geography and Environmental Studies

I am centrally interested in the question of how to reconcile human activities with the long-term resilience and vulnerability of ecological systems. Most of my work has focused on human uses of water and, in particular, on the transformation of river basins due to large-scale development. Much of this research has focused on "third world" settings in the twentieth century-e.g., the Mekong River Basin-but has applications to a variety of historical and geographical contexts. One of my primary interests is analysis of social conflicts over water. Most recently, my research focuses on conflicts over ecological restoration such as dam removal.

MICHELE TINEAssociate Professor of Education

My research focuses on identifying and understanding the malleable cognitive processes (e.g., memory, attention) that help explain why children living in lower-income developmental contexts do not achieve the same level of academic performance as children living in higher-income developmental contexts. Most recently, I have been focusing on the ways in which the development of these malleable cognitive processes differ in rural versus urban poverty. Thus far, my work has focused on children living in poverty in the United States, although I am open to the possibility of doing some cross cultural work in the future.

BEN VALENTINO, Associate Professor of Government

Research interests include the causes and consequences of violent conflict and American foreign and security policies. Currently working on several research projects focusing on public opinion on the use of force, civilian and military casualties in interstate wars and developing early warning models of large-scale violence against civilians.

JONATHAN ZINMANProfessor of Economics

My research and its applications: consumer finance, microfinance, retail finance, retail payments, small business finance, intertemporal choice, decision making, psychology and economics.

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