Billy Jack

Co-director, gui²de
Vice Provost for Research
Professor of Economics, Department of Economics

Billy Jack is Vice Provost for Research, Professor of Economics, and co-director of gui²de. Previously he held positions on the Joint Committee on Taxation of the US Congress, the IMF, the Australian National University, and the University of Sydney. He holds a BSc in mathematics and physics from the University of Western Australia, and an MPhil and DPhil in Economics from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar.

Jacobus Cilliers

Assistant Teaching Professor, McCourt School of Public Policy

Jacobus Cilliers is an assistant teaching professor at the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University. His primary research interests relate to delivery of basic education in sub-Saharan Africa. He is currently Principal Investigator to three different field experiments of education programs – in South Africa, Kenya, and Uganda. In past research, he evaluated a community reconciliation program in Sierra Leone and conducted a field experiment on foreigner presence and generosity in Sierra Leone. Jacobus is originally from South Africa and completed his M.Phil (distinction) and D.Phil in Economics at the University of Oxford, where he was funded by the Rhodes Scholarship.

Jishnu Das

Professor, McCourt School of Public Policy

Jishnu Das is a professor at the McCourt School of Public Policy and the Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. Jishnu’s work focuses on health and education in low and middle-income countries, with an emphasis on social markets, or common, but complex, conflagrations of public and private education and health providers operating in a small geographical space.

As part of this research, he has co-developed the largest and longest-running cohort study on learning outcomes in low-income countries and has led an agenda on the measurement of healthcare quality in low-income countries. The methods he has developed are now being used by The World Bank in its Service Delivery Indicators as well as by multiple research groups in in India, Indonesia, South Africa, Kenya, Senegal and Tanzania. His research has shown how government can use information, funding and training programs to improve service delivery for the poor. His evaluations with multiple co-authors has led to the widespread adoption of a training program for informal providers (in West Bengal), health facility inspections (in Kenya) and networks for private sector providers (in India). He was also part of the team that developed India’s federal inpatient health insurance scheme, the RSBY, which reached 150 million people in 2016.

Raj Desai

Associate Professor, Edmond A. Walsh School of Foreign Service and Department of Government

Raj M. Desai is Associate Professor of International Development in the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service and the Department of Government at Georgetown University. He is also a Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution. He has a Ph.D. in political science from Harvard University, and an undergraduate degree from the University of California at Irvine. Prior to joining the faculty at Georgetown, he held positions in the World Bank’s Private and Financial Sector Development Department. His current research examines economic adjustment and policy reform in emerging markets, the problems of foreign aid effectiveness, and the linkages between antipoverty programs and political behavior in developing and fragile states.

Shanta Devarajan

Professor of the Practice of International Affairs and Concentration Chair for International Development

Shanta Devarajan has previously served as the Senior Director for Development Economics (DEC) at the World Bank, and as the Chief Economist of the World Bank’s Middle East and North Africa Region. He has been a Principal Economist and Research Manager for Public Economics in the Development Research Group, and the Chief Economist of the Human Development Network, the South Asia Region and Africa Region. He was a director of the World Development Report 2004, Making Services Work for Poor People. Before 1991, he was on the faculty of Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. A member of the Overseas Development Institute’s Board of Trustees, and the author or co-author of more than 100 publications, Mr. Devarajan’s research covers public economics, trade policy, natural resources and the environment, and general equilibrium modeling of developing countries. Born in Sri Lanka, Mr. Devarajan received his B.A. in mathematics from Princeton University and his Ph.D. in economics from the University of California, Berkeley.

Nada Eissa

Co-director, gui²de
Associate Professor, McCourt School of Public Policy

Nada Eissa is Associate Professor of Public Policy and Economics, co-director of gui²de, and Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER). She has a Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University, and an undergraduate degree from U.C. Berkeley. She has been on the economics faculty at the University of California at Berkeley, a National Fellow of the NBER, a visiting economist at the IMF and a visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI).  Her previous research examined the labor supply effects of tax reform, for which she received the National Tax Association’s annual award in government finance and taxation. Currently her research focuses on health, education and transfer schemes, and the well being of low-income people in a range of countries, including Nigeria, Kenya, South Sudan, Qatar and Indonesia.

Garance Genicot

Associate Professor, Department of Economics

Garance Genicot joined Georgetown in 2003, before which she was an assistant professor of Economics at the University of California at Irvine (1999-2003). She received her B.A. in Economics from the University of Liege, Belgium in 1995 and her Ph.D. in Economics from Cornell University in 1999. She specializes in development economics. Her specific areas of research include risk sharing, informal credit markets, social networks and inequality.

James Habyarimana

Associate Professor, McCourt School of Public Policy

James Habyarimana is an Associate Professor at the McCourt School of Public Policy. His research exploits variation generated by programs and policies in developing countries to illuminate the underlying causes for low and slowly changing human capital levels. Ongoing work evaluates interventions in road safety, maternal and child health and water and sanitation. In education, his work focuses on evaluations of interventions to improve access and quality of schooling through technology, double shifting, private-public partnerships and conditional cash transfers. He is a non-resident fellow at the Center for Global Development. He holds a Phd in economics from Harvard University.

Sebastian Jilke

Associate Professor, McCourt School of Public Policy

Sebastian Jilke is an Associate Professor at the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University. He is also affiliated with the Office of Evaluation Sciences at the General Services Administration where he works with Agency partners to design and implement large-scale RCTs. His research applies insights from the behavioral sciences to public management and policy to study how government reforms affect public employees and the people they serve – especially with regard to social equity in access to public services and programs. He also works with public organizations in the US and abroad to improve government effectiveness across different domains.

Shareen Joshi

Assistant Professor, Edmund Walsh School of Foreign Service

Shareen Joshi is an Assistant Professor of Development Economics at the Edmund Walsh School of Foreign Service. She has a PhD in economics from Yale University and an undergraduate degree in Math and Economics from Reed College. Her research broadly examines the design, implementation and evaluation of poverty alleviation programs in the developing world. Current field projects, in partnership with the World Bank and the Government of India, include evaluations of large scale employment and livelihood programs in rural India.

John Kraemer

Assistant Professor, Dept. of Health Systems Administration

John Kraemer is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Systems Administration. He also has faculty affiliations with the university’s African Studies Program and the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law. Trained in both public health and the law, his work focuses on the improvement of health policy though normative and evidence-based approaches. Ongoing work deals with women and children’s health in sub-Saharan Africa, road safety, and public health law in the United States. He holds a JD from Georgetown University and an MPH from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Adriana Kugler

Professor, McCourt School of Public Policy

Adriana Kugler is a professor at MSPP and served as Chief Economist at the U.S. Department of Labor in 2011 and 2012. Her research focuses on labor markets in developed and developing countries. In 2007, her work was recognized with the John T. Dunlop Outstanding Scholar Award and, in 2010, she received the Best Contribution in “Globalization, Regulations and Development” from the Global Development Network. She is co-director of the International Summer Institute on Policy Evaluation.

Lizhi Liu

Assistant Professor, McDonough School of Business

Lizhi Liu is an Assistant Professor in the McDonough School of Business and a faculty affiliate of the Department of Government. She holds a PhD in political science and an MS in statistics from Stanford University as well as a LLB in international relations from Renmin University of China. Her research interests lie in the political economy of development, digital economy and governance, and market reforms. Her recent projects include observational and experimental studies on the economic and political impacts of e-commerce, as well as the regulatory environment of international trade.

Mark Maloof

Professor, Department of Computer Science

Mark Maloof is a professor in the Department of Computer Science at Georgetown University. His research interests include machine learning, data mining, on-line learning algorithms, concept drift, and applications of machine learning and data mining to computer security. Mark led the effort that established Georgetown’s first graduate programs in computer science and served as their first director. In 2004, Mark shared the award for the best application paper at KDD for his work on detecting malicious executables and in 2007, he shared a Program Innovation Award from the MITRE Corporation for his work on detecting insider threats. Mark has served as a consultant to industry, government, and nonprofit organizations, and currently co-teaches with Billy Jack and James Habyarimana in the new Development Incubator course.

Irfan Nooruddin

Hamad bin Khalifa Professor of Indian Politics, Edmund Walsh School of Foreign Service
Director, Georgetown University India Initiative

Irfan Nooruddin is Hamad bin Khalifa Professor of Indian Politics in the Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown, and is a member of the School’s Asian Studies Program. He directs the Georgetown India Initiative and advises the student-run Georgetown-India Dialogue. He is the author of Coalition Politics and Economic Development: Credibility and the Strength of Weak Governments (Cambridge, 2011). Professor Nooruddin’s specializes in the study of comparative economic development and policymaking, democratization and democratic institutions, and international institutions. He has been a Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC, and is a Team Member with Lokniti: Programme on Comparative Democracy at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, New Delhi.

Kennedy Opalo

Assistant Professor, Edmund Walsh School of Foreign Service

Ken Opalo joined the African Studies Program in the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service in Fall 2015 as an Assistant Professor. His research interests include political institutions in emerging democracies, legislative politics, natural resource management, elections and elite political stability, and the political economy of development. Ken received his BA from Yale University and his PhD from Stanford University. His current book project examines the process of legislative development in Africa.

Steve Radelet

Donald F. McHenry Chair in Global Human Development, Director of the Global Human Development Program

Steven Radelet joined the Georgetown faculty in 2012 after serving as Chief Economist of USAID (2010-12), Senior Adviser for Development for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (2009-10), and Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Treasury (1999-2002). His research interests focus on foreign aid, economic growth, debt, and financial crises, primarily in Asia and Africa. Dr. Radelet is the author of Emerging Africa: How 17 Countries are Leading the Way (2010) and co-author of Economics of Development (7th edition, 2012). He holds master’s and PhD degrees in public policy from Harvard University, and a B.S. in mathematics from Central Michigan University.

Martin Ravallion

Edmond D. Villani Professor, Department of Economics

Martin Ravallion is the Edmond D. Villani Professor of Economics at Georgetown University. Prior to that he was Director of the World Bank’s Research Department. His main research interests over the last 25 years have concerned poverty and policies for fighting it. He has advised numerous governments and international agencies on this topic, and he has written extensively on this and other subjects in economics, including three books and 200 papers in scholarly journals and edited volumes.

John Rust

Professor, Department of Economics

Joel Simmons

Associate Professor, Edmund Walsh School of Foreign Service

Joel W. Simmons is an Associate Professor in the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. His research focuses on the political economy of development, particularly, economic growth, social policy, and the political economy of gender. His book, The Politics of Technological Progress: Parties, Time Horizons, and Long-term Economic Development, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2016.

Lahra Smith

Associate Professor, Edmund Walsh School of Foreign Service

Lahra Smith is a Political Scientist with a particular interest in African politics. She is an Associate Professor in the African Studies Program of the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service.  Prof. Smith has conducted fieldwork on the role of political institutions in addressing conflict based largely on ethnic and language identities in Ethiopia.  Her current research focuses on the questions of equality and citizenship in contemporary Africa. She was the Fulbright Visiting Research Chair in Ethnicity and Multicultural Citizenship at Queen’s University, Canada in 2010, and she has had funding support from the National Science Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Fulbright-Hays fellowship program.

Michael Stoto

Professor, Department of Health Systems Administration

Michael A. Stoto, Professor of Health Systems Administration and Population Health at Georgetown University, is statistician, epidemiologist, and health services researcher. His methodological research includes research synthesis/meta-analysis, community health assessment, evaluation methods, and performance measurement. His substantive research interests include public health practice, especially with regard to emergency preparedness; drug and vaccine safety; infectious disease policy and ethical issues in research and public health practice.  He has served on the staff of the Institute of Medicine, the faculty of the Kennedy School of Government, and is currently an adjunct professor of biostatistics at Harvard School of Public Health.

Yuhki Tajima

Assistant Professor, Edmund Walsh School of Foreign Service

Yuhki Tajima is Assistant Professor in the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. He holds a PhD in public policy and an MPA in International Development from Harvard University as well as a BA in physics from Swarthmore College. His research interests include the political economy of development and political violence. His current projects include observational and experimental studies in Aceh (Indonesia), Timor Leste, and the Southern Philippines.

Jennifer Tobin

Assistant Professor, McCourt School of Public Policy

Jennifer Tobin joined the McCourt School of Public Policy in 2008 after completing doctoral studies at Yale University and a fellowship at Nuffield College, Oxford. Her main research interests are in the political economy of development, specifically focusing on international investment, small and microfinance, trade, and development assistance. She is currently working on projects focusing on property rights enforcement for small investors, free trade agreements in emerging market economies, and the emergence of pro-poor economic policies in developing countries.

Rajesh Veeraraghaven

Assistant Professor, Edmund Walsh School of Foreign Service

Rajesh Veeraraghavan is an Assistant Professor of Science Technology and International Affairs (STIA) Program at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. He was a postdoctoral fellow at the Watson Institute of International and Public Affairs at Brown University and was previously a Fellow at the Berkman Center at Harvard University. He works in the intersection of information technology, development, and governance, with a focus on India. His research combines both the design and study of technological solutions to development and governance problems. He is currently interested in understanding the role of information and technology in making systems of governance more participatory. Previously, he was an associate researcher at the Technology for Emerging Markets group at Microsoft Research, India. His work focused on building appropriate technologies for socio-economic development. His work led to several research publications, patents as well as non-profit spin-off called Digital Green on whose board he serves currently. Before that, he worked as a software developer at Microsoft for several years in the US.

Andrew Zeitlin

Assistant Professor, McCourt School of Public Policy

Andrew Zeitlin is an Assistant Professor at the McCourt School of Public Policy and a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Center for Global Development. His research applies lab and field experimental methods to questions in two themes: the delivery of public services, and household strategies to manage risk. Andrew’s ongoing work includes projects on agricultural technology adoption in Ghana, health insurance in Kenya, education delivery in Uganda, and property rights in Tanzania.