Development

Research Interest

Emily Fjaellen Thompson

Graduate Student
Anthropology

Emily Fjaellen Thompson is a PhD student in socio-cultural anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley. She earned her bachelor's degree in Latin American and Latino/a Studies from Vassar College, where she was awarded the Burnam Fellowship for work on the U.S.-Mexico border with unaccompanied minors seeking asylum and the Cornelisen Fellowship for extended fieldwork in the Peruvian Andes.

Gabriel Lesser

Graduate Student
Spanish and Portuguese

Gabriel Lesser is a Ph.D. student in Hispanic Languages and Literatures at the University of California, Berkeley. His interests include 19th and 20th century humor, visual studies, caricatures, and cartoons in Mexico and Brazil.

He is the recipient of the 2021 IIS Pre-Disseration Research Grant.

Aila Matanock

Associate Professor
Political Science
Center on the Politics of Development

Aila Matanock is an Associate Professor in Political Science at the University of California Berkeley. She was also previously a national fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University and has received research support from the National Science Foundation, the Minerva Research Initiative, the Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation, and the Center for Global Development. Prof. Matanock studies statebuilding and civil conflict, with a particular focus on the influence of international actors and civilian participation.

Edward Miguel

Professor
Economics
Center on the Politics of Development

Edward Miguel is the Oxfam Professor of Environmental and Resources Economics in the Department of Economics at the University of California, Berkeley. He is also the Faculty Co-Director of the Center for Effective Global Action and serves as a Faculty Research Associate for the National Bureau of Economic Research. Prof. Miguel studies African economic development, the impact of ethnic divisions on local collective action, and methods for transparency in social science research.

Thad Dunning

Professor
Political Science
Center on the Politics of Development

Thad Dunning is the Robson Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley. He is also the founding faculty director of the Center on Politics of Development and authored several award-winning books, including Crude Democracy: Natural Resource Wealth and Political Regimes and Natural Experiments in the Social Sciences: A Design-Based Approach, both of which received Best Book Awards from the American Political Science Association. Prof.

Maximilian Auffhammer

Professor
Agricultural & Resource Economics

Maximilian Auffhammer is the George Pardee Jr. Professor of International Sustainable Development at the University of California, Berkeley. He is also a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research in the  Energy and Environmental Economics group, a Humboldt Fellow, and a lead author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Prof. Auffhammer studies environmental economics, including climate change and energy economics, the social cost of carbon, and the impacts of air pollution.

J. Bradford DeLong

Professor
Economics

Brad DeLong is a Professor of Economics at the University of California, Berkeley. He is also a weblogger for the Washington Center for Equitable Growth and was previously a deputy assistant secretary for economic policy in the United States Treasury. Prof. DeLong studies economic history and growth, which includes comparative analyses of technological and industrial revolutions, financial crises, economic thought and the long-term shape of economic history.

Wendy Zhou

Undergraduate Student
Political Economy
Goldman School of Public Policy

Wendy Zhou is a junior from Alameda, CA studying Political Economy and Public Policy, with a concentration in development economics. Her academic interests center around the modernization of the Four Asian Tigers, rural-to-urban migration, and the efficacy of China’s poverty alleviation campaign on improving intergenerational mobility and quality of life. Zhou is passionate about democratization and human rights. While attending the University of Hong Kong in Summer ‘19, she engaged with the increasingly volatile Hong Kong politics and participated in pro-democracy protests.

Julia Tjan

Undergraduate Student
Political Economy
Goldman School of Public Policy

Julia Tjan is a third year student from the East Bay Area majoring in Political Economy with a concentration in International Trade & Development and minoring in Public Policy. She has served as a Research Assistant for Dr. Aila Matanock’s Constitutions Project sponsored by the Defense Department’s Minerva Initiative on the legal framework of security institutions and violent instability in developing countries for over a year.

Tanya Tandon

Undergraduate Student
Political Science
Goldman School of Public Policy

Tanya Tandon is a senior at UC Berkeley majoring in Political Science with a concentration in International Relations and double minoring in Public Policy and Human Rights. On campus, Tanya served as the President of the Association for Socially Responsible Business. Before coming to UC Berkeley, Tandon worked in the nonprofit sector at RESULTS in advocacy and legislative work.