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SID Faculty

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Joan Dassin '69

Professor of International Education and Development and Director, MA-SID Program

Expertise: International and comparative education policy; educational opportunity and social mobility; youth leadership development; social policy and democratic governance in developing countries; project design, management, implementation and evaluation; extensive field experience in Brazil, Latin America and East Africa

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Rajesh Sampath

Associate Professor of the Philosophy of Justice, Rights and Social Change and Associate Director, MA-SID Program

Expertise: General topics in applied moral and political philosophy; philosophy of development; comparative religions; theories of justice; development ethics; philosophy of law, comparative constitutional law, human rights and theories of democracy

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Jeffrey Ashe

Adjunct Professor

Expertise: Micro-enterprise programs with a focus on reaching the poorest through savings groups, research, program design

Joseph Assan

Assistant Professor

Expertise: International political economy, sustainable development, international development, development studies, development management, sustainable livelihoods, climate change adaptation and poverty reduction, environmentally-induced vulnerabilities and human security, resilience to climatic variability, environmentally-induced migration and development policy analysis, environment, health and human well-being

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Francisco Rolfsen Belda

Feldman Engaged Scholar and Assistant Professor, Faculty of Architecture, Arts and Communications (FAAC) at São Paulo State University (UNESP), Bauru Campus, Brazil

Expertise: Editorial management, science journalism and digital media and technologies for education and local development

Joshua Ellsworth, MA-SID'07


Expertise: Project planning and implementation; theory of change; payment for environmental services (PES) and other environmental economic incentive programs; sustainable agriculture; dynamics of forest disturbance; forest and watershed management and restoration; invasive species prevention and control

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Cristina Espinosa

Associate Professor

Expertise: Gender, culture and sustainable development/conservation; gender, livelihoods and social differentiation; globalization, gender and livelihoods; indigenous peoples and ethnicity in development; ethnic spirituality and health

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Stephen Fournier

Senior Lecturer

Expertise: Teaching (statistics, econometrics), data analysis and applied causal modeling and data maintenance. Special expertise in both Stata and SPSS

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Ricardo Godoy


Expertise: Acculturation; inequality; social capital; econometrics; research design; Bolivia; indigenous peoples; native Amazonians; panel studies; randomized controlled trials

Dr. Godoy manages the Tsimane’ Amazonian Panel Study that conducts annual measures of socioeconomic, demographic, health, and psychological indicators.

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Anita F. Hill

University Professor of Social Policy, Law, and Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies

Expertise: Anti-discrimination law and policy (gender and race)

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Marion Howard, MA-SID'04

Associate Professor of the Practice

Expertise: Planning and implementation, small island sustainable development, coastal and marine conservation, protected areas, community participation

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Ravi Lakshmikanthan, MA-SID'99


Expertise: Use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in international development projects; certified GIS Professional (GISP)

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Richard Lockwood

Adjunct Lecturer

Expertise: analysis of agricultural, food, and nutrition policy on the well-being of nutritionally vulnerable populations

Eric Olson

Senior Lecturer

Expertise: Ecological consequences of invasive species, and the policy framework to protect and restore wild habitats; tropical forest food webs; climate change and adaptation; major ecological threats; water; ecology of health; environmental impact assessment; ecotourism

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Pierrette Quintiliani

Adjunct Lecturer

Expertise: International field emergency; relief operations; conflict prevention; international humanitarian law

Brian Roach

Adjunct Lecturer

Expertise: economic analysis of environmental policies, economic inequality, human development, corporate power, tax policies

Donald Shepard


Expertise: Health economics, cost-effectiveness analysis, cost-benefit analysis, health financing in the United States and globally, and their application to drug and alcohol abuse, cardiovascular disease, dengue and malaria

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Laurence R. Simon

Professor and Director, Center for Global Development and Sustainability

Expertise: Philosophy of development, political/cultural geography, psychological and cultural barriers to poverty alleviation, agrarian reform, project planning and implementation, organizational management, post-harvest technology transfer, social exclusion and emancipatory development, qualitative evaluation

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David Whalen, MBA'00

Adjunct Lecturer

Expertise: effective management of development and fundraising programs

Chandler Rosenberger

Assistant Professor of International and Global Studies and Sociology

Expertise: Nationalism, sociology of religion, comparative and historical sociology

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Andreas Teuber

Associate Professor of Philosophy

Expertise: Political philosophy, philosophy of law, democratic theory, philosophy of art, liberty and equality, natural kinds and human kinds, internationalization of human rights, duty to rescue law, responsibility to protect, criminal attempt law, felony murder, international rules of war and micro-legal systems, civil engagement and civil resistance, philosophy of John Stuart Mill, the case against the secret ballot, representation in painting, photography and film

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