Meet the IDS Faculty

The Elliott School's prime location in the heart of Washington DC attracts a wide variety of highly qualified and experienced development practitioners who act as professorial lecturers in the International Development Studies Program. 

International Development Studies Core Faculty

Director, International Development Studies Program
Associate Professor of Practice of International Affairs
Associate Professor of the Practice of International Affairs
Director of the Humanitarian Action Initiative
Professor of the Practice of International Affairs
Assistant Professor of the Practice of International Affairs

Affiliated Faculty


Professor of Anthropology and International Affairs
Associate Professor of Anthropology and International Affairs


Professor of Economics and International Affairs
Professor of Economics and International Affairs


Professor of International Education and International Affairs
William K. Cummings
Professor of International Education and International Affairs

Gender Equity in International Affairs

Associate Professor of the Practice of International Affairs


Associate Professor of Geography and International Affairs
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Professor of Geography and International Affairs

Political Science

Associate Professor of Political Science and International Affairs

Public Administration

Professor of International Affairs, International Business, and Public Policy & Public Administration

Public Health

Associate Professor of Global Health and Economics

Part-Time Faculty and Development Practitioners

The Elliott School's prime location in the heart of Washington DC attracts a wide variety of highly qualified and experienced development practitioners who act as part-time professorial lecturers in the International Development Studies Program.


Syed Mohammad Ali

Dr. Ali is a development anthropologist whose areas of expertise include exploring interactions between governments, international donors and civil society organizations to address varied socio-economic and political challenges, specifically within the developing countries context.

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Suren Avanesyan

Suren Avanesyan is the Senior Advisor, Rule of Law, Governance and Anti-Corruption in the Bureau for Europe and Eurasia in the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). In this capacity, Mr. Avanesyan provides technical guidance and policy advice to the Bureau, the field missions and the US Government on issues relating to the justice sector and governance reform efforts in the former Soviet Union and the Balkans. He has provided key support to the Innovation Working Group and several components of the Civil Society Working Group under the U.S.-Russia Bilateral Presidential Commission. Mr. Avanesyan has served as a Senior Advisor and Political Officer to the Department of State, Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs. Prior to joining USAID, he worked in the World Bank and in several for-profit and not-for-profit international development organizations in Washington, DC. Mr. Avanesyan has worked in Armenia, Albania, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Egypt, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Macedonia, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Ukraine, and Sub-Saharan Africa. He teaches graduate courses in governance and rule of law as well as Russia and the former Soviet Union. He practiced criminal law in Russia and is a native Russian speaker. Mr. Avanesyan completed his MA (1998) and JD (1999) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and LL.M. in International Legal Studies (2001) at New York University School of Law.

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Kristin Kim Bart

Kristin Kim Bart is dedicated to addressing inequality and violence in the lives of women and girls in developing and humanitarian contexts around the world. For the past decade, she has worked for the International Rescue Committee (IRC) both in the field programs and at headquarters. Bart has over 15 years of experience specializing in programming to promote the rights, safety and empowerment of women and girls in humanitarian and development settings.  With the IRC, Kristin has lead programs in Liberia, Pakistan, Thailand and Uganda and provided onsite and remote technical support to a range of others including Iraq, Sierra Leone and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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Andrea Bertone

Dr. Andrea M. Bertone is a political scientist with over a decade of experience practicing international development. She has been working on issues of gender equity, child protection, international development, human rights, and human trafficking. Dr. Bertone has traveled and researched extensively in Southeast Asia, sub-Saharan Africa, and Western Europe. She completed her dissertation on "Human Trafficking on the International and Domestic Agendas: Examining the Role of Transnational Advocacy Networks between Thailand and the United States," and has published several book chapters and articles in peer-reviewed journals.  Since 2003, she has been the Director of, the first comprehensive, publicly available, Internet-based information resource on human trafficking in Asia and the United States and selected global hotspots. Most recently, she managed a portfolio of girls' education projects at the Academy for Educational Development (AED) in sub-Saharan Africa.

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Tegan Blaine

Tegan is currently climate change advisor for USAID's Africa Bureau. After finishing her Ph.D. at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, she worked for the U.S. Department of State as a policy advisor on access to water and sanitation in developing countries. She then moved to McKinsey Consulting, where she primarily concentrated on climate change issues. She has recently returned to the U.S. government to work on climate change and international development.

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Charles Cadwell

Charles Cadwell is a lawyer with 30 years' experience in economic reform, research oversight, and nonprofit leadership in the United States and developing countries. He currently leads the Urban Institute’s Center on International Development and Governance.  Cadwell joined Urban in 2007. His own work targets governance reform, aid effectiveness, and integrating research and policy reform. Current center projects include support for think tank capacity building in Indonesia, collaboration with colleagues supporting public sector system reforms in Tanzania, developing new multi-country data on the structure and operation of the local public sector and service delivery, and addressing political economy barriers to implementation of poverty-reducing reforms.  From 1990 to 2006, Cadwell was director of the IRIS Center in the Department of Economics at the University of Maryland. IRIS conducted research on economic development and reform in developing countries, working with reform leaders in 70 countries to understand and improve governance and economic policies. Cadwell has also worked in the White House Office of Consumer Affairs, the Office of Advocacy at the US Small Business Administration, in private law practice, and in the export information business. Cadwell is a graduate of Yale College and the National Law Center at George Washington University.

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Rajeev Colaço

Dr. Rajeev Colaço is the Director of Monitoring, Evaluation, Research, Learning, and Adapting (MERLA) in the International Development Group at RTI International. Dr. Colaço has extensive experience conducting rigorous M&E and research, and framing results into learning for programmatic adaptation. The technical areas in which Dr. Colaço leads MERLA include integrated and cross-sectoral systems strengthening, sustainability, local capacity strengthening, integrated data systems, resilience, global health, governance, agriculture, environment, education, energy, gender, and WASH (water, sanitation, and hygiene).


Scott Edwards

Scott Edwards is Managing Director of Crisis Prevention and Response with Amnesty International. He completed his doctoral work in Political Science at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, focusing on causes and consequences of violent political conflict, and has written and consulted extensively on complex humanitarian crises, protection, and armed conflict. His current professional activity focuses on the development of early warning mechanisms for humanitarian crises, as well as the practical use new methods and technologies for human rights compliance monitoring and evidence collection. Dr. Edwards previously served as Amnesty International's Advocacy Director for Africa and as Director of the Science for Human Rights Program.

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Jonathan Forney

Jonathan Forney lives and breathes applied research. He has been a Lecturer in International Affairs at George Washington University since 2016, where he mentors capstone students in International Development Studies as they find and execute a pro-bono research consultancy. Jonathan's academic research focuses on non-state armed groups in sub-Saharan Africa. He has performed extended field research in Sierra Leone, and has written extensively and published on civil militias in Sierra Leone and South Sudan. Jonathan also works full time in applied research, leading a team of research methodologists and statisticians within an Africa-focused research firm called Forcier. As the Global Director of Research at Forcier, Jonathan oversees the technical aspects of an 8 million dollar portfolio of survey research, stretching across Africa and the Middle East.

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Nicole Goldin

Dr. Nicole Goldin is a global development, youth, emerging economies and international trends policy, strategy, research, communications and impact expert. She heads a boutique consultancy, NRG Advisory, and is a senior associate with the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). A dynamic communicator, Dr. Goldin is a sought-after public speaker and facilitator. Her commentaries and analyses have been published in CNN, The Huffington Post, the Guardian, U.S. News, in journals and other fora. She served in senior advisory positions in the Obama Administration at the State Department and U.S. Agency for International Development and received multiple commendations for her work. Her experience includes working within and across public, corporate, finance, philanthropic and non-profit sectors with organizations including International Youth Foundation, Clinton Global Initiative, Hilton Worldwide, Gerson Lehrman Group, Chemonics and IFES. She had traveled and worked in over 70 countries across all seven continents. Dr. Goldin holds a PhD in economics from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), an Msc in development studies from the London School of Economics an MA in international affairs from the American University and a BA in east Asian studies from Union College.

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Peter Harrold

Mr. Harrold is delighted to be joining the part-time faculty at GWU after a long-career in international development, especially at the World Bank. In his +30 years at the World Bank, he spent his early career as an economist, with a particular focus on Chinese economic reform. Much of the second half of his career at the World Bank was spent as a "Country Director" managing programs from the Bank's offices in Ghana (plus Sierra Leone and Liberia), Sri Lanka and Brussels (covering 11 countries of Eastern and Central Europe). He also spent three years as head of Operations Policies, where he spearheaded reforms in access to information, combating fraud and corruption, and promoting use of country systems in project management. His areas of expertise include the following: national development programs and policies, institutions and approaches for international development assistance, and post-disaster recovery programs, with regional interests in China, Sri Lanka, and West Africa. Mr Harrold received a Master of Arts in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from the University of Oxford, and a Master of Arts in Economics and Econometrics from the University of Manchester.

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Jane Henrici

Jane Henrici is an independent research and gender consultant with over 15 years of experience in U.S. and international research and development. Her work focuses on gender, diversity, and socioeconomic policy and programming; she has conducted projects on these topics in the Americas and Caribbean, the Middle East and North Africa, and Eurasia. She is a specialist in participatory and transformative research and training and has in-depth knowledge about and experience in skills education and training; livelihoods development; poverty response; displacement and migration; and disaster recovery; in addition, she has conducted research and analyses on health care and coverage; diversity and inclusion in planning and development; and women's political participation.

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Amy E. Hepburn

Amy Hepburn is a policy professional who has researched, published, and programmed extensively on issues affecting children in complex humanitarian emergencies including armed conflict and HIV/AIDS in the Balkans, Eastern and Southern Africa, and the Republic of Georgia. Her clients include various international NGOs, the United Nations High Commissioner of Refugees in Geneva, the United States Department of State, the United States Agency for International Development, and the Duke University Terry Sanford Institute of Public Policy. Her research and programming interests include the education and holistic care of children in complex humanitarian emergencies — particularly those orphaned by HIV/AIDS in eastern and southern Africa and/or affected by armed conflict.  In 2003, she was appointed a Senior Research Fellow in the Duke University, Health Inequalities Program, where she consulted on an eight-country comparative study of home-based and institutional care options for children orphaned in areas heavily affected by HIV/AIDS. Ms. Hepburn co-founded and directed the Duke University-HEI Graduate Program on Global Governance and Policy in Geneva, Switzerland from 2001-2005, and currently teaches international humanitarian law and policy as part of the program. She received both her undergraduate and graduate degrees with honors from Duke University.

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Sonia Moldovan

Sonia Moldovan is the Senior Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Lead for Mercy Corps International.  She has over a decade of experience implementing Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Systems and managing multimillion dollar USAID, World Bank, USTDA and MCC-funded programs. She is also an alumnus of the IDS program at the Elliott School.


Reehana Raza

Reehana Raza is a senior research associate in the Center on International Development and Governance at the Urban Institute. She is a trained economist with research interests in institutions, political economy, human development, and service delivery. Her technical experience is in design, implementation, and evaluation of policy interventions. Before joining Urban, Raza was a senior economist at the World Bank, where she worked in the education global practice in the East and Southern Africa and South Asia region. Her portfolio was on education, skills, and labor market transitions.

Raza is also founding member, first director, and current associate research fellow of the Institute of Development and Economic Alternatives, an economic think tank in Pakistan financed by the Open Society Foundations that focuses on targeting economic issues that strengthen democratic foundations in Pakistan. She has also taught at the Lahore University of Management Sciences, where she was an assistant professor of economics. Her areas of teaching and research related to the economics of education, institutional economics, political economy, and economic history. Raza has worked and consulted for the Asian Development Bank, World Bank, United Nations Development Programme, US Agency for International Development, Department for International Development, and other bilateral agencies.

Raza holds a bachelor’s degree in international relations from Mount Holyoke College and a master’s degree in development economics and doctoral degree in economics from the University of Cambridge.


Eric Rudenshiold

Eric Rudenshiold is the Senior Officer in Charge for Central Asia and Kyrgyzstan in the USAID Asia Bureau and prior to that served as the Senior Governance and Anticorruption Advisor in the Europe and Eurasia Bureau at USAID/Washington. Dr. Rudenshiold has both lived in Central Asia and worked on the Eurasia region for most of the past 20 years; he provides topical advice and assistance on transitional development issues to USG policymakers. Before joining USAID in Washington, DC. Dr. Rudenshiold held senior positions with a number of democracy implementers, as well as with the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. Dr. Rudenshiold has worked as a journalist and editor, has published in academic journals and appeared as a regional expert on democracy issues on the BBC, CNN International and PBS's Lehrer Newshour. He has a B.A. awarded summa cum laude from Drake University in Journalism, an M.A. in Comparative Governance from the University of Virginia and a Ph.D. in International Relations from the University of Virginia.

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Erich Vogt

Erich Vogt teaches Political Economy of Climate Change and Energy, Climate Change and Sustainable Development, Climate Change Finance, and International Environmental Politics at both the University of Toronto's Munk School of Global Affairs and the School of the Environment as well as George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs in Washington, D.C.  He also served as the International Union for Conservation of Nature's (IUCN) senior multilateral policy advisor, the World Bank's team leader at the External Relations and United Nations Department, and the Friedrich-Ebert-Foundation's United Nations' liaison office in Geneva. Erich Vogt holds a Ph.D. (magna cum laude) and M.A. in Political Economy from the Free University of Berlin and Indiana University, respectively. But his real claim to fame is his (former) membership of Germany's National Swim team.

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