Faculty and Research

The Global Human Development program draws on faculty with extensive knowledge of economics, political science, sociology, anthropology, international relations, and development. In addition, GHD’s faculty bring extensive experience in the field of international development, with expertise from the private, public, and nonprofit sectors. Faculty members teach core and elective courses as well as advise students in GHD’s designated concentration areas.

"GHD faculty support is second to no other graduate program. Between our small class sizes and constant willingness to meet during office hours or over a coffee, I can personally attest to each faculty member's desire and ability to help me learn and develop professionally over the course of the program."

Ted Hooley, '14

Director

Steven Radelet
Steven Radelet

Professor Radelet is the Donald F. McHenry Chair in Global Human Development and Director of the Global Human Development Program.  His work focuses on economic growth, poverty reduction, foreign aid, and debt, primarily in Africa and Asia. Dr. Radelet has extensive experience as a policy maker in the U.S. Government; as an adviser to developing country leaders; and as a researcher, teacher and writer. He previously served as Chief Economist for USAID, Senior Adviser for Development to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Africa, the Middle East and Asia. He currently serves as an economic adviser to the Presidents of Liberia and Malawi. He spent four years as an adviser to the Ministry of Finance in Jakarta, Indonesia, and two years as adviser in the Ministry of Finance in The Gambia. He was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Western Samoa. From 2002 to 2009, Dr. Radelet was Senior Fellow at the Center for Global Development. From 1990 to 2000, he was on the faculty of Harvard University, where he was a Fellow at the Harvard Institute for International Development (HIID) and a Lecturer on Economics and Public Policy. He holds a PhD in public policy from Harvard University.

Jock R. Anderson

Jock R. Anderson left his home farm near Monto, Queensland, Australia, to study agricultural science at the University of Queensland. He subsequently pursued a PhD in agricultural economics at the University of New England, Armidale, Australia, where he stayed on as a staff member, including as a Professor of Agricultural Economics, and Dean of the Faculty of Economic Studies. He joined the World Bank in 1989 where he served in various roles including as Adviser, Strategy and Policy in the Agriculture and Rural Development Department. As a retiree since 2003 he works for various international organizations, including IFPRI, USAID and the World Bank, and recently led an evaluation of policy work at FAO.  He holds numerous professional awards and is widely published, with over 300 publications in his field of expertise.

Tony Barclay

Tony Barclay is Director of Development Management and Practice. For 30 years, Tony was a senior executive at DAI, an employee-owned international development consulting firm, and served as CEO from 1999 to 2008. During his tenure, DAI grew from a boutique firm to a global company with annual revenues of $375 million and 2,500 employees working in more than 50 countries. Honored as Executive of the Year in the October 2008 Greater Washington Government Contractor Awards ceremony, Tony has had a long career as a global development professional. He served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in western Kenya in the late 1960s, and returned there for his Ph.D. research in anthropology on the impact of a large-scale sugar project. He joined DAI’s development consulting staff in 1977. He moved into a senior management role in 1979, became DAI’s President in 1990; and succeeded the founding CEO in 1999. Tony was a founding board member of the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition and is a past President of the Washington Chapter of the Society for International Development. He has also taught management courses at UC Berkeley, Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) in the Master's in Development Practice (MDP) Program, and Columbia's Middle East Research Center in Amman, Jordan.

Derek Byerlee

Derek Byerlee conducted his early studies in Australia before completing his PhD at Oregon State University and joining the Faculty of Agricultural Economics at Michigan State University, focusing on West Africa. He then worked for many years at the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center in Mexico and South Asia, finishing as Director of Economics. He moved to the World Bank in 1994, serving as its Rural Strategy Adviser and Co-Director of the World Development Report 2008 Agriculture for Development. He is currently a Visiting Scholar at Stanford University, and serves on a number of international boards and advisory bodies. He has published widely and is a Fellow of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.

Shareen Joshi

Professor Joshi's research focuses on poverty alleviation and demographic change in the developing world. She is particularly interested in the evaluation of development policies using a mix of quantitative and qualitative methods. Her recent papers explore the effects of maternal and child health programs on the well-being of families in Bangladesh, and the impact of self-help group participation on the lives of women in rural Rajasthan, India. She is also interested in patterns of marriage and household structure across the developing world. Professor Joshi holds a PhD in Economics from Yale University.

Katherine Marshall

Katherine Marshall has worked for four decades in international development with a focus on issues facing the world’s poorest countries. She is currently a senior fellow at Georgetown’s Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs and Visiting Professor in the School of Foreign Service, where she enjoys the gift of working with the next generation. Before coming to Georgetown, Marshall worked for 35 years at the World Bank. Among her many assignments, she was Country Director in the World Bank’s Africa region, first for the Sahel region, then Southern Africa. She serves on two international prize committees, the Opus Prize Foundation and the Niwano Peace Prize Foundation, and chairs the board of the World Bank Community Connections Fund. She was a core group member of a World Economic Forum initiative to advance understanding between the Islamic World and the West. She serves on several other boards including AVINA Americas, a foundation working across Latin America. She co-moderates the Fes Forum, part of the world renowned Fes Festival of Global Sacred Music. Marshall writes and speaks on wide ranging development and humanitarian topics. She contributes regularly to the religion page of the Huffington Post. Her two most recent books are Global Institutions of Religion: Ancient Movers, Modern Shakers, and The World Bank: From Reconstruction to Development to Equity. From 2003 – 2009, she served as a trustee of Princeton University – her alma mater -- where she earned an MA in History and an MPA from the Woodrow Wilson School. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Gary Newton

Gary Newton has worked in international development for over thirty-five years, twenty-one years resident in six countries in Africa and Asia.  He serves on the board of Retrak, a UK-based NGO assisting street children in Africa; on the advisory group for Whole Child International, a Los Angeles-based NGO working to improve the quality of residential care for children in low-income countries; and the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute which supports a 200-member bipartisan, bicameral caucus to improve domestic and international policies for children.  Mr. Newton served as a Foreign Service Officer with USAID for 24 years (1987-2011) in a number of positions including as the U.S. Government Special Advisor for Orphans and Vulnerable Children, Mission Director in Namibia, Associate Mission Director in Egypt, chief of the health office in Kenya and Malawi, and deputy director of the HIV/AIDS division in USAID/Washington.  After leaving USAID, he was the Senior Advisor for Public Investment in Children at Save the Children (2013-2014).  Prior to joining the Foreign Service, Mr. Newton was in Bangladesh for four years (1983-1987) working for an NGO, and in Niger as a Peace Corps volunteer.  He has a Master of Arts in Teaching from Smith College and a Masters in Public Health from Columbia University.  

George Psacharopoulos

George Psacharopoulos is a former elected member of the Hellenic Parliament and a Visiting Professor at the University of Illinois. He is known world-wide for his major contributions to the development of the economics of education. After receiving his MA and PhD in economics from the University of Chicago, Psacharopoulos taught at the Universities of Hawaii and Chicago and at the London School of Economics before moving to the World Bank, where he has been Senior Advisor to the Vice President of Human Capital and Operations Policy, Chief of the Human Resources Division and Chief of the Education Research Division, among others.

Laura B. Rawlings

Laura B. Rawlings is a Lead Social Protection Specialist at the World Bank currently working primarily in Africa on strengthening social protection and labor systems. She was previously the Strategy and Results team leader in the World Bank’s Social Protection and Labor unit and manager of the Strategic Impact Evaluation Fund (SIEF). She worked in the Latin American and Caribbean region where she led numerous project and research initiatives in the areas of conditional cash transfers, social funds and social protection systems; and worked as Sector Leader for Human Development in Central America where she was responsible for coordinating the World Bank’s health, education and social protection portfolio. She began her career at the World Bank in the Development Research Group where she worked on the evaluation of social programs. Prior to joining the World Bank she worked for the Overseas Development Council. An economist by training, she has published books and articles in the fields of evaluation and human development.

Sharon Stash

Sharon Stash received her Ph.D. in Demography from the University of Michigan, and her MSc. in Global Health and Epidemiology from the Harvard School of Public Health. She served as Senior Fellow and Deputy Director of the Global Health Policy Center within the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), advising US global health policy and engagement efforts, particularly focused on the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and the role of the US government in global TB control. Previously, she provided technical and managerial leadership to major global health programs such as the USAID ­funded AIDS Support and Technical Resources (AIDSTAR­One). Earlier in her career, Dr. Stash helped shape the strategic direction of global health grant portfolios and management of publ-­private partnerships as a Program Officer for both the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Packard Foundation. She has provided technical assistance to numerous foreign governments to develop national HIV/AIDS programs and ­prevention frameworks. She has published more than 30 policy papers and white papers for peer-researched journals, academic journals, conferences, and other publications.

Griffin Thompson

Professor Thompson has over 25 years of experience working on energy, climate, and development issues from a variety of institutional perspectives. He began his career at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), where he was detailed to the U.S. Export Council for Renewable Energy and managed the Asia program for the U.S. private sector, leading efforts to increase the diffusion of renewable energy into China, India, Indonesia and the Philippines. After leaving NREL, Professor Thompson became the executive director of the International Institute for Energy Conservation (IIEC) and later served as Director of the Office of Energy at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). At the State Department's​ climate change office, he managed the multimillion dollar climate program portfolio and served as lead U.S. climate negotiator at the United Nations. Professor Thompson is currently Director of the Office of Electricity and Energy Efficiency in the State Department’s Bureau of Energy resources. His work includes advancing U.S. foreign policy and national security goals in priority countries through the promotion of electricity system reforms and increased access to clean and affordable energy services. He received a B.A. in English from Gonzaga University and a Ph.D in Political Philosophy from Georgetown University.

Charles Udomsaph

Charles Udomsaph is Assistant Professor of Teaching in the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and teaches the econometrics sequence for the Global Human Development Program. Since 2003, Professor Udomsaph has worked for the World Bank, most recently with the Africa, Latin America & Caribbean, and South Asia Regions. Completed projects range from data collection and capacity building in Cameroon to the implementation of enterprise surveys in Southeast Asia. His current research focuses on private sector development in transition economies, specifically the quantitative assessment of the local business environment in Eastern Europe and its impact on job creation and firm productivity over time. He is a graduate of Georgetown University’s BSFS/MSFS program and holds a PhD in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley.

Eduardo Velez Bustillo

Dr. Velez had a distinguished career at the World Bank, serving as the Education Sector Manager for East Asia and the Pacific, Education Sector Manager for Latin American and the Caribbean, Sector Coordinator (Human Development) for the China program, Sector Leader (Human and Social Development for Colombia, Mexico and Venezuela), and Human Development Cluster Leader for Uganda and Tanzania. He also served as Principal Education Specialist for Eastern and Southern Africa. Dr. Velez has also been a Visiting Professor at: Universidad Nacional, Bogotá; Brown University; University of Connecticut; Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Bogotá; Universidad Pedagógica Nacional, Bogotá; the Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá; and most recently at Peking University and Kobe University. Dr. Velez has a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Illinois. His areas of interest include Sociology of Social and Economic Development, Sociology of Education, and Analysis and Evaluation of Development Programs.

Holly Wise

Professor Wise leads the GHD/SFS Global Social Enterprise and Development Fellows Program with the McDonough School of Business. Her teaching areas include social enterprise, innovation and enterprise development. Current research and advisory activities focus on corporate social responsibility, public-private partnerships, leadership development, social enterprise case studies, and monitoring and evaluation of multi-stakeholder alliances. Professor Wise serves as a senior associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and a senior fellow at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government (2006-2011). She sits on the boards of FHI360, Grassroots Business Partners, Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production (WRAP), LivingGoods, and GlobalGiving. Ms. Wise is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She spent a career in the foreign service with the US Agency for International Development (USAID), achieving the diplomatic rank of Minister Counselor. She is the founder and first Secretariat Director of the Global Development Alliance, USAID’s business model that forges strategic alliances between public and private partners in addressing international development issues. In addition to overseas tours in Uganda, Kenya, Barbados, the Philippines and China, Ms. Wise served as USAID chair at the National Defense University where she taught political science, environmental courses, and published research on China. Professor Wise is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Connecticut College and holds advanced degrees from Yale University and the National Defense University.