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Rohini PandeRohini Pande, EPoD Co-Director, is Mohammed Kamal Professor of Public Policy. Prior to joining the Kennedy School she was an Associate Professor of Economics at Yale University, and she has also taught at MIT and Columbia. Her research focuses on the economic analysis of the politics and consequences of different forms of redistribution, principally in developing countries. A Rhodes Scholar, she is the recipient of several NSF grants, the Russell Sage Presidential Award (with Lena Edlund), and the Royal Economic Society Junior Research Fellowship. She holds a PhD and MSc in economics from the London School of Economics, an MA in philosophy, politics and economics from Oxford, and a BA in economics from St. Stephens College, Delhi University.
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Asim KhwajaAsim Khwaja, EPoD Co-Director, is a Professor of Public Policy. His areas of interest include economic development, corporate finance, education, political economy, industrial organization, contract theory, mechanism design, and computational economics. Combining fieldwork, micro-level empirical analysis, and theory, his recent work ranges from understanding political and informational constraints in emerging financial markets to examining the private education market in low-income countries. He received BS degrees in economics and in mathematics with computer science from MIT and a PhD in economics from Harvard. A Pakistani citizen, Khwaja was born in London, lived for eight years in Kano, Nigeria, the next eight in Lahore, Pakistan, and the last sixteen years in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He continues to enjoy interacting with people around the globe.
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Amitabh ChandraAmitabh Chandra is a Professor of Public Policy. He is a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) and at the IZA Institute in Bonn, Germany. His current research focuses on the effect of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act on labor markets, the role of medical malpractice litigation on the delivery of healthcare, and the economics of neonatal health and cardiovascular care. His research has been published in the American Economic Review, the Journal of Political Economy, the Journal of Labor Economics, Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, and Health Affairs. He is an editor of the journal Economics Letters. He has been a faculty member at Dartmouth and MIT, and has been a consultant to the National Academy of Science, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the RAND Corporation. He is the recipient of an Outstanding Teacher Award and is the first-prize recipient of the Upjohn Institute's International Dissertation Research Award.
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Rema Hanna Rema Hanna is an Assistant Professor of Public Policy. She is a research fellow in the Sustainability Science Program at the Center for International Development. Her fields of interest include development and environmental economics. Her development work mostly focuses on India and Indonesia. Her current research focuses on understanding how discrimination influences public service provision and education. She received a BS in public policy from Cornell and a PhD in economics from MIT.
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Ryan SheelyRyan Sheely is an Assistant Professor of Public Policy and has been a Giorgio Ruffolo Post-Doctoral Fellow in Sustainability Science at the Center for International Development. His current research focuses on public goods provision and state capacity in Sub-Saharan Africa. He has conducted randomized evaluations and extensive archival and ethnographic fieldwork in several pastoralist communities in the Laikipia Region of Kenya. He is also the co-founder of the SAFI Project, a nonprofit organization that coordinates waste management and recycling activities in northern Kenya. His research has been supported by the International Livestock Research Institute, the Institute for Social and Policy Studies, the MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies, and the Program on Order, Conflict, and Violence. He holds a BA in ethics, politics, and economics from Yale University, and a PhD in political science, also from Yale.
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Monica SinghalMonica Singhal is an Associate Professor of Public Policy. Her fields of interest include public finance and development, with a particular focus on issues related to taxation, redistribution, and fiscal federalism. Her current research focuses on how developing countries can strengthen tax revenue collection and build state capacity. Ongoing projects in Bangladesh, India, and Ecuador examine how tax authorities can use policy tools such as social recognition and information technology to improve compliance as well as how taxation affects individual and firm behavior. She is a faculty research fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) and a member of the International Growth Centre (IGC). She received her BA and PhD from Harvard University.
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David Yanagizawa-DrottDavid Yanagizawa-Drott is an Assistant Professor of Public Policy. His research interests include economic development and political economy, with special focus on civil conflict, health, information and mass media. He has explored issues such as the impact of hate propaganda on violence during the 1994 Rwanda Genocide, the relationship between the government and the mass media, and how price information affects the functioning of agricultural markets in developing countries. He is currently conducting randomized evaluations in Uganda that investigate innovative ways to solve part of the healthcare service delivery problem, as well as the problem of fake and substandard medicines in developing countries. Born in Sweden, he holds an MSc in economics from University of Gothenburg and a PhD in economics from Stockholm University.
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Deanna FordDeanna Ford is the Associate Director of Evidence for Policy Design, where she leads the management of program operations, partner engagement and capacity-building initiatives. Her work focuses on initiatives and strategies for increasing the use of empirical evidence in the design of public policy and development programs. Deanna is also the founder of the Nica HOPE Project of Fabretto Children’s Foundation in Nicaragua, where she served as the Project Director and plays an ongoing advisory role. Deanna spent two years at the International Monetary Fund and has also worked for Agora Partnerships, the World Bank, and the Center for Research on Children in the U.S. Deanna completed her Master of Public Policy at Georgetown University in 2007 and her BA in economics at Princeton University in 2003.
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Brittany HillBrittany Hill is EPoD's faculty assistant to Professors Rohini Pande, Asim Khwaja and Amitabh Chandra. She spent one year working for Innovations for Poverty Action, Liberia on the Rural Ex-Combatant Reintegration, the Urban Youth, and the Justice and Peace Commission projects. Brittany also was part of a research team in Sierra Leone where she interviewed NGOs on their efforts to reintegrate ex-combatants. She completed her Master in International Policy with a concentration in conflict resolution from the Monterey Institute of International Studies in 2011 and her Bachelor in History from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2009.
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Jessica McCann Jessica McCann is EPoD's faculty assistant to Professors Rema Hanna, Ryan Sheely and David Yanagizawa-Drott. Prior to joining CID, she worked within the Registrar’s and Marketing Offices of Harvard’s Division of Continuing Education. She has also worked in student travel coordination and volunteer recruitment at EF Foundation for Foreign Study, a high-school foreign exchange program, and as a contributing writer for Café Abroad magazine while based in Greece and Italy. Jessica is currently a candidate for the Master of Liberal Arts in Extension Studies with a concentration in English at Harvard University. She holds a BA in English, with a minor in International Affairs, from Northeastern University.
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Emily Myers Emily Myers is the Project Development Manager for Evidence for Policy Design. She has worked previously in health and international development, most recently as an advisor in the Office of Planning and Monitoring at the Mexican Social Security Institute. She has also worked in Guatemala for WINGS, a reproductive health organization, and in New York for the Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria. She holds a Master in Public Administration in International Development (MPA/ID) from the Harvard Kennedy School and a BA in international politics and economics from New York University.
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Melissa Siegel

Melissa Siegel is the Assistant Director, Research Administration at the Center for International Development. Melissa has a decade of experience as a research administrator at a number of different institutions administrating a variety of programs from major NIH program projects to smaller, complex international projects. In addition, Melissa participated in a review of the research infrastructure at a large research hospital as a consultant with Huron Consulting. Most recently she worked as a Sponsored Programs Officer at the Office for Sponsored Programs at Harvard. In 1996, she received a degree in sociology from the University of Kansas. In the mornings before work she coaches two CrossFit classes.
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Sara SteinmetzSara Steinmetz is faculty assistant to Professors Rema Hanna, Ryan Sheely, and David Yanagizawa-Drott. She graduated from Boston University with a degree in international relations and East Asian studies, and spent the following year as a Visiting Lecturer at the Renmin University of China where she taught international relations and international law. Prior to joining CID, she worked at the Institute on Culture, Religion and World Affairs at Boston University and at the Women and Public Policy Program at the Kennedy School.
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Fellows

Aletheia DonaldAletheia Donald is a Research Fellow working with Professors Ryan Sheely and David Yanagizawa-Drott. Her research areas are international development, political economy and public health. She is currently working on various research projects, including the evaluation of a child welfare initiative in Sierra Leone and the impact of media on HIV rates. Before joining EPoD, Aletheia was a Research Assistant at Innovations for Poverty Action. She holds a Master in International and Development Economics from Yale University and a BA in philosophy and economics from University College London. Aletheia has work experience in Mali, Guatemala, Bangladesh, Italy, Germany, and the UK.
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Jonathan HolmesJonathan Holmes is a Research Fellow working with Professors Amitabh Chandra and Rema Hanna. His current research centers on using nonparametric and quasi-experimental methods in the fields of education, health, and environmental economics. He has a master’s degree in economics from Queen's University and a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Ottawa.
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Sam Norris is a Research Fellow at Evidence for Policy Design. He is currently working on randomized evaluations of environmental regulatory changes in India and tax collection in Bangladesh. His research interests include semiparametric demand estimation and identification of peer effects from expenditure data. He has also worked on rent imputation and poverty metrics. Sam has a BA in economics from Simon Fraser University and a MA in economics from the University of Toronto.
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Matthew Pecenco is a Research Fellow at Evidence for Policy Design and a Project Associate for Innovations for Poverty Action. He is working with Professors Sandip Sukhtankar, Paul Niehaus, and Karthik Muraldiharan to evaluate changes in government programs aiming to limit corruption in India. Matthew received a BA from the University of California, Santa Cruz in computational mathematics and in economics.
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Niharika SinghNiharika Singh is a Research Fellow for Professors Asim Khwaja and Rohini Pande. She graduated in 2010 with a BA in economics from McGill University. Prior to joining EPoD, she worked as a field-based RA on an agricultural extension project in Gujarat, India.
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