Development

Research Interest

Arjun Solanki

Undergraduate Student
Operations Research and Management Science
Economics

Arjun Solanki is a sophomore majoring in ORMS and Economics. He is interested in financial, behavioral economics, and economic development. Previously, he has worked with the Union I&B Ministry (GOI) in tracking and analyzing various government policies in the broadcasting sector. Outside of his academic pursuits, he loves playing cricket and is a part of the professional Cricket Team at UC Berkeley. On his path towards graduation, Arjun aspires to pursue Quant/Finance.

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. She currently...

Rana Nejad

Undergraduate Student
Political Science

Rana Nejad is a student at UC Berkeley completing her B.A. in Political Science with a minor in Human Rights. Throughout her studies, she has focused mostly on the Middle East and North Africa region where she explores topics ranging from security and counterrorism to refugee rights and humanitarian development. Over the years, she has worked with nonprofits that advocate for the rights of immigrants and refugees along the U.S.-Mexico border, as well as contributed to a number of international affairs publications. Moving forward, she hopes to further advocate for the human rights of...

Xingying(Caroline) Ren

Undergraduate Student
Environmental Science
Environmental Economics and Policy

Xingying(Caroline) Ren is a senior undergraduate double majoring in Environmental Science and Environmental Economics and Policy. She is interested in waste management, public health and climate change. She is currently working on a research that compares regulation framework between nuclear industry and coal industry on radioactive wastes.

Liam Mirise

Undergraduate Student
Philosophy
Global Studies

Liam Mirise is a fourth-year transfer student from Visalia, California pursuing a double major in Philosophy and Global Studies with a minor in Linguistics. His academic focus is broadly centered on development, globalization, and technology. Prior to attending UC Berkeley, he served for four years in the California Army National Guard. He currently works as a writing assistant for the Blum Center for Developing Economies, where he has been assisting with early stage research on the potential applications of distributed ledger technology in the national defense supply chain.

Xiaosang Huang

Undergraduate Student
Anthropology
Economics

Xiaosang is a junior student majoring in anthropology and economics, with a minor in political economy. Her interest fields of study are cultural heritage protection and economic development policies. Eager to promote mutual understanding and global empathy, she was a translation manager and a social media strategist for two NGOs. On her path toward graduation, she aspires to prepare herself ready to work for UNESCO developing policies promoting ethnodevelopments and cultural dimension of development in developing countries. In this fellowship program, Xiaosang will be assisting Prof...

Esteban Benitez

Undergraduate Student
Sociology
Global Studies

Esteban Benitez is a senior from Visalia, CA majoring in Sociology and minoring in Global Studies with a concentration on the Americas. His academic interest include sustainable development in rural countries and immigration reform. He plans to attend law school following his studies at UC Berkeley.

Michelle Reddy

Program Director and Assistant Adjunct Professor
Master in Development Practice (MDP), Goldman School of Public Policy

Michelle Reddy is a political sociologist with interests in international development and organizations. Her recent work has largely focused on social mobilization during crises: Ebola, COVID-19, and the European migration crisis and how crises reflect wider challenges in democracy and development. A second, related line of work focuses on the expansion and professionalization of civil society organizations, education, and health NGOs in developing countries.

Dorothy Kronick

Assistant Professor of Public Policy
Goldman School of Public Policy

Dorothy Kronick is a political scientist focused on contemporary Latin American politics, especially Venezuelan politics. Her work on crime and policing in the Americas highlights unintended consequences of common policies such as seizing illegal drugs or rewriting criminal procedure codes. She also studies democratic backsliding and competitive authoritarianism.

Hector Cardenas

Continuing Lecturer
Goldman School of Public Policy

Hector Cardenas is a continuing lecturer at the Goldman School of Public Policy, the President and CEO of The Ergo Group and serves on the board of directors of the Mexican Council on Foreign Relations (Comexi). His international interests include comparative regulatory regimes, development cooperation, sustainability and North American economic integration. He teaches a course in US-Mexico Policy Relations at GSPP.