Research Professor of International Affairs
A senior international affairs expert and international development researcher, practitioner and educator with over 25 years of experience in international legal and regulatory reform, access to justice, parliamentary development, public management reform, political economy analysis and business enabling environment diagnostics, anti-corruption strategy development and implementation, and analysis of decentralized governance systems. International development work has featured diverse technical, supervisory, and research/consulting roles, ranging from those focused on delivery of programs by civil society organizations and development organizations, to leadership of a major academic development program and research center at the State University of New York at Albany. As a Research Professor at the George Washington University, am currently working on a grant supporting a legal reform project in Kyrgyzstan (involving political economy analysis and other analytical assistance), articles on administrative justice in comparative perspective, and urban governance and climate change in the Global South. Recently concluded work directing a 3 1/2 year US Agency for International Development-funded administrative justice program in Rwanda that included field research on citizens’ experience with administrative dispute resolution at the local level (citizen complaints against government bodies on labor, land expropriation, and public procurement matters), media outreach and public education initiatives highlighting problems with such mechanisms, and development of training curricula to build the capacity of front-line officials handling such cases. Have significant program evaluation and assessment experience with USAID, the U.S. State Department, the World Bank, and the U.S. Department of Justice. Have previously taught courses on law and development and corruption and development at Brandeis University's Heller School for Social Policy and Management, administrative law at SUNY-Albany's Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy, democratization, decentralization, and development at the University of Massachusetts Boston's McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies, comparative law at Tufts University's Fletcher School, and law and transition economies at the American University and Georgetown University Law Schools. Author of several articles and book chapters.
Legal and regulatory reform in developing countries; decentralization and local government reform in developing countries; comparative law; administrative justice; corruption and development; parliamentary development; government cross-sectoral integration in foreign assistance programming.
Administrative justice in comparative perspective; administrative justice work and people-centered justice; effectively integrating political economy analysis into multi-year development projects; Rwanda as a case study in implementing administrative justice programming; urban governance and responses to climate change in developing countries.
Have previously taught courses in Democratic Governance, Decentralization, and Development; Global and Comparative Public Administration; Law, Society, and the Shaping of Public Policy in Developing Countries; Law in Post-Conflict Societies; Corruption and Development; Law in Transitional Economies; and Comparative Law.
Sustainable Landscapes and Democracy, Human Rights, and Governance: Cross Sectoral Guide (Washington: USAID, 2021)(co-authored with Diane Russell).
“The Rise of the Global Human Rights Regime: Challenging Power with Humanity,” in Human Rights: Interdisciplinary Approaches, E. Chowdhury and R. Srikanth, eds. (Chapter co-author with Darren Kew and Adriana Villegas). Abingdon: Routledge Press (2018)
The Strengthening Decentralization for Sustainability Project in Uganda: A Collaborating, Learning, and Adapting (CLA) Case Study of a Pioneering Cross-Sectoral Project and its Experience with USAID Forward (Washington: USAID) (2017).
Using Administrative Law Tools and Concepts to Strengthen USAID Programming, Washington: USAID DG Office Technical Publications Series (co-authored with Howard Fenton)(2008).
“Legal and Institutional Frameworks Supporting Accountability in Budgeting and Service Delivery Performance,” in A. Shah, ed., Performance Accountability and Combating Corruption, pp. 183-230 Public Sector Governance and Accountability Series. Washington: The World Bank (2007).
Fighting Urban Crime: The Evolution of Federal-Local Collaboration, NIJ Issue in Brief (Dec. 2003), NCJ 197040.
“Strengthening Access to Information and Public Participation in Transition Countries—Latvia as a Case Study in Administrative Law Reform,” Administrative Law Review, vol. 54, no. 1 (Winter 2002)(with Jeffrey Lubbers and Vedat Milor).
“Federal-Local Law Enforcement Collaboration in Investigating and Prosecuting Urban Crime, 1982-1999: Drugs, Weapons, and Gangs,” Report to the National Institute of Justice, U.S. Department of Justice, May, 2000 (with Amy Seeherman and Shawn Ward).
JD, Harvard University; BA, MA, Yale University