Current Senior Fellow

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Rochelle Walensky, MD, MPH

Areas of Focus: Gender and Health; Women's Leadership

Dr. Rochelle Walensky is the former Director of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and a renowned expert exploring the challenges and gifts of what it means for leaders, organizations, and the world to protect public health.

Current Research Fellows

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Angie Torres-Beltran

Areas of Focus: Gender and Conflict

Angie Torres-Beltran is a PhD candidate in the Department of Government at Cornell University. Her research interests include gender, violence, political participation, state-society relations, and justice in Latin America and the US.

Anna Gifty Opoku-Agyeman

Area of Focus: Work and Gender Equity

Anna Gifty Opoku-Agyeman is an award-winning Ghanaian-American researcher, entrepreneur, and writer. Currently, she is a graduate student at Harvard Kennedy School studying public policy and economics.

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Cansin Arslan

Areas of Focus: Work and Gender Equity

Dr. Cansın Arslan is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Exeter. Her current research focuses on the gender pay gap and diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

Joan Martinez

Area of Focus: Work and Gender Equity

Joan Martínez is a PhD candidate in Economics at UC Berkeley. She works on topics in labor, discrimination, education economics, and applied econometrics. 

Justus Bamert

Area of Focus: Work and Gender Equity

Justus Bamert is a PhD candidate in economics at ETH Zurich, Switzerland. He works on topics in labor and education economics, with a focus on the gender imbalance in STEM study fields.

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Keshab Giri

Areas of Focus: Gender and Conflict

Dr. Keshab Giri (he/him/his) holds a position as a tenure-track Lecturer in International Relations at the University of St Andrews. His research interests include women combatants, intersectionality, gender and war, and violent extremism. 

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Nadja Born

Areas of Focus: Work and Gender Equity

Nadja Born is a PhD candidate in Organizational Behavior at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University.  Her research focuses on biases towards women in leadership and entrepreneurship, interventions addressing workplace inequality, and gendered communication.

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Pinar Keskin

Areas of Focus: Gender and Conflict; Work and Gender Equity

Pinar Keskin is an Associate Professor of Economics at Wellesley College, where she studies the complex economic and social factors contributing to domestic violence, a widespread problem with significant health and economic consequences.

Shibeal O' Flaherty

Areas of Focus: Work and Gender Equity

Shibeal O' Flaherty is a PhD Candidate in Public Policy at King's College London. Her research focuses on behavioral science applications to workplace well-being.

Silvia Barbareschi

Areas of Focus: Work and Gender Equity

Silvia Barbareschi is a PhD candidate at UC Berkeley Haas. Her main areas of focus are behavioral economics, labor economics, and development economics.

Former Research Fellows and Leaders in Practice

In past years, the WAPPP Research Fellowship Program and our retired Leaders in Practice Program have brought together a diverse set of people—from doctoral, post-doctoral, and faculty to leaders from the public, private and non-profit sectors—and supported their studies related to gender.

Former Research Fellows

  • Anna Gifty Opoku-Agyeman, PhD candidate in public policy and economics, Harvard Kennedy School
  • Joan Martínez, PhD candidate in economics, UC Berkeley
  • Justus Bamert, PhD candidate in economics, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
  • Sandra Portocarrero, Postdoctoral Research Scholar in the Faculty of Business, Columbia Business School
  • Senem Ertan, Associate Professor of political science, Social Sciences University of Ankara, Turkey
  • Shibeal O' Flaherty, PhD Candidate in public policy, King's College London; Research Associate, What Works for Children's Social Care

  • Saika Belal, PhD candidate in Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of California Berkeley
  • Logan Berg, Joint Research Fellow, Women and Public Policy Program and Center for Public Leadership, Harvard Kennedy School
  • Sebawit G. Bishu, Assistant Professor, School of Public Affairs, University of Colorado, Denver
  • Anne Boring, Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics, Erasmus University Rotterdam
  • Nadja Born, PhD candidate in Organizational Behavior, Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich
  • Christelle Comair, Doctoral Researcher, Université Paris-Saclay
  • Elif E. Demiral, Assistant Professor of Economics, Austin Peay State University
  • Phoebe Donnelly, Visiting Fellow, Feinstein International Center, Tufts University
  • Senem Ertan, Associate Professor of political science, Social Sciences University of Ankara, Turkey
  • Rachael Goodwin, PhD candidate in Management, University of Utah
  • Tanushree Goyal, Assistant Professor of Politics and International Affairs, Princeton University
  • Marc Grau-Grau, Assistant Professor of Social and Family Policies, Universitat Internacional de Catalunya; Researcher and ChildCare and Family Policy Chair, UIC
  • Christiana Kelly, PhD candidate in Education, Culture, and Society, University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education
  • David Klinowski, Visiting Assistant Professor of Marketing and Business Economics, Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business, University of Pittsburgh
  • Lucia Macchia, Lecturer at City, University of London; Visiting Fellow in the Department of Psychological and Behavioural Science, London School of Economics
  • Alicia Sasser Modestino, Associate Professor in the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs and the Department of Economics, Northeastern University; Associate Director, Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy
  • Javaeria Qureshi, Associate Professor of Economics, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Deniz Sanin, PhD candidate in Economics, Georgetown University

  • Logan Berg, Joint Research Fellow, Women and Public Policy Program and Center for Public Leadership, Harvard Kennedy School
  • Sebawit G. Bishu, Assistant Professor, School of Public Affairs, University of Colorado, Denver
  • Elif E. Demiral, Assistant Professor of Economics, Austin Peay State University
  • Phoebe Donnelly, Visiting Fellow, Feinstein International Center, Tufts University
  • Rachael Goodwin, PhD candidate in Management, University of Utah
  • Marc Grau-Grau, Assistant Professor of Social and Family Policies, Universitat Internacional de Catalunya; Researcher and ChildCare and Family Policy Chair, UIC
  • David Klinowski, Visiting Assistant Professor of Marketing and Business Economics, Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business, University of Pittsburgh
  • Lucia Macchia, Lecturer at City, University of London; Visiting Fellow in the Department of Psychological and Behavioural Science, London School of Economics
  • Inmaculada Macias-Alonso, Joint Postdoctoral Fellow, Women and Public Policy Program at Harvard Kennedy School and Department of Economics at the University of Chicago
  • Alicia Sasser Modestino, Associate Professor in the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs and the Department of Economics, Northeastern University; Associate Director, Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy
  • Nishith Prakash, Associate Professor of Economics, University of Connecticut; Research Fellow, Centre for Research and Analysis of Migration (CReAM), University College London
  • Javaeria Qureshi, Associate Professor of Economics, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Laura Sjoberg, British Academy Global Professor of Politics and International Relations, Royal Holloway University of London; Professor of Political Science, University of Florida
  • Martina Viarengo, Associate Professor in the Department of Economics, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies of Geneva

  • Julia B. Bear, Associate Professor, College of Business, Stony Brook University
  • Sebawit G. Bishu, Assistant Professor, School of Public Affairs, University of Colorado, Denver
  • Manuela Collis, Research Associate, Harvard Business School; Research Chair, Behavioral Insights Student Group (BISG), Harvard Kennedy School
  • Amal El Sana, Executive Director, International Community Action Network (ICAN), McGill University
  • Marc Grau-Grau, Assistant Professor of Social and Family Policies, Universitat Internacional de Catalunya; Researcher and ChildCare and Family Policy Chair, UIC
  • Brit Grosskopf, Professor of Economics, University of Exeter Business School
  • Ivona Hideg, Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair (Tier II) in Organizational Leadership; Lazaridis School of Business & Economics, Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada
  • Inmaculada Macias-Alonso, Joint Postdoctoral Fellow, Women and Public Policy Program at Harvard Kennedy School and Department of Economics at the University of Chicago
  • Nishith Prakash, Associate Professor of Economics, University of Connecticut; Research Fellow, Centre for Research and Analysis of Migration (CReAM), University College London
  • Leonora Risse, Lecturer in Economics, RMIT University, Australia

  • S Anukriti, Assistant Professor of Economics, Boston College; Research Affiliate, Institute for Labor Economics (IZA)
  • Marc Grau-Grau, Assistant Professor of Social and Family Policies, Universitat Internacional de Catalunya; Researcher and ChildCare and Family Policy Chair, UIC
  • Sa-kiera Hudson, PhD candidate in Social Psychology, Harvard University 
  • Siri Isaksson, PhD candidate in candidate in Economics, Stockholm School of Economics
  • Melanie Khamis, Associate Professor of Economics, Wesleyan University; Research Fellow, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)
  • Jeni Klugman, Managing Director, Georgetown Institute for Women Peace and Security
  • Inmaculada Macias-Alonso, Joint Postdoctoral Fellow, Women and Public Policy Program at Harvard Kennedy School and Department of Economics at the University of Chicago
  • Jessica Pan, Associate Professor of Economics, National University of Singapore; Research Fellow, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)
  • Jessica Preece, Associate Professor in Political Science, Brigham Young University 
  • Chiara Trombini, Lecturer of Organization and Management, Luiss Business School
  • Clémentine Van Effenterre, Research Affiliate, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) and Centre for Economic Performance (CEP) at the London School of Economics
  • Ghazal Zulfiqar, Assistant Professor, Suleman Dawood School of Business, Lahore University of Management Sciences, Pakistan

  • Katie Beavan, Managing Director, UBS Investment Bank; PhD candidate, Bristol Business School, University of West England
  • Marc Grau-Grau, Assistant Professor of Social and Family Policies, Universitat Internacional de Catalunya; Researcher and ChildCare and Family Policy Chair, UIC
  • Sa-kiera Hudson, PhD candidate in Social Psychology, Harvard University 
  • Siri Isaksson, PhD candidate in candidate in Economics, Stockholm School of Economics
  • Jeni Klugman, Managing Director, Georgetown Institute for Women Peace and Security
  • Henriette Kolb, Head of the Gender Secretariat, International Finance Corporation (IFC)
  • Shira Mor, Assistant Professor of Labor Studies and Public Policy, Tel-Aviv University
  • Chiara Trombini, Lecturer of Organization and Management, Luiss Business School
  • Clémentine Van Effenterre, Research Affiliate, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) and Centre for Economic Performance (CEP) at the London School of Economics
  • Jia Xue, PhD candidate in Social Welfare, University of Pennsylvania

  • Renata Camara, Captain, United States Army
  • Eliana Carranza, Senior Economist, Jobs Group, The World Bank
  • Ana Catalano Weeks, College Fellow, Department of Government, Harvard University
  • Laura Gee, Assistant Professor of Economics, Tufts University
  • Alyson Gounden Rock, Joint Fellow, Women and Public Policy Program and Center for Public Leadership, Harvard Kennedy School
  • Marc Grau-Grau, Assistant Professor of Social and Family Policies, Universitat Internacional de Catalunya; Researcher and ChildCare and Family Policy Chair, UIC
  • Emma Heikensten, PhD candidate in Economics, Stockholm School of Economics; Fellow, Harvard John A. Paulson School Of Engineering And Applied Sciences (SEAS)
  • Jeni Klugman, Managing Director, Georgetown Institute for Women Peace and Security
  • Ariella Kristal, PhD candidate in Organizational Behavior, Harvard Business School
  • Shira Mor, Assistant Professor of Labor Studies and Public Policy, Tel-Aviv University
  • Sally Nuamah, Join Postdoctoral Fellow, Women and Public Policy Program at Harvard Kennedy School and Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University
  • Anna Raute, Assistant Professor of Economics; University of Mannheim; Research Fellow, Centre for Research and Analysis of Migration, University College London
  • Elizabeth Singer More, Associate Director, Open Circle Jewish Learning, Hebrew College
  • Chiara Trombini, Lecturer of Organization and Management, Luiss Business School
  • Georgina Waylen, Professor of Politics, University of Manchester, UK; Co-Director, Feminism and Institutionalism International Network (FIIN)

  • Anita Gohdes, Joint Postdoctoral Fellow, Women and Public Policy Program and International Security Program at Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School
  • Emma Heikensten, PhD candidate in Economics, Stockholm School of Economics; Fellow, Harvard John A. Paulson School Of Engineering And Applied Sciences (SEAS)
  • Jeni Klugman, Managing Director, Georgetown Institute for Women Peace and Security
  • Fidan Ana Kurtulus, Professor of Economics, University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • Vera Mironova, Joint Fellow, Women and Public Policy Program and International Security Program at Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School
  • Laura Sjoberg, British Academy Global Professor of Politics and International Relations, Royal Holloway University of London; Professor of Political Science, University of Florida
  • Bobbi Thomason, Senior Fellow and Lecturer, Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania
  • Kathrin Zippel, Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology, Northeastern University

  • Victoria Brescoll, Assistant Professor of Organizational Behavior, Yale School of Business
  • Seletha Butler, Assistant Professor of Business Law and Ethics, Georgia Institute of Technology, Scheller College of Business
  • Amanda Clayton, Postdoctoral Fellow, Freie Universität Berlin
  • Pinar Fletcher, PhD candidate in Organizational Behavior, Harvard Business School
  • Margaret Jenkins, Postdoctoral Fellow, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada; Research Associate, Institute of Women, Peace and Security, Georgetown University
  • Jeni Klugman, Managing Director, Georgetown Institute for Women Peace and Security
  • Zoe Marks, Lecturer in Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School
  • Liza Mügge, Assistant Professor in the Political Science Department, University of Amsterdam; Associate Director, Amsterdam Research Centre for Gender & Sexuality (ARC-GS)
  • Albena Neschen, Professor of Business Ethics, University of Applied Sciences of the Industry (FHDW) Bergisch-Gladbach; Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Management, University of Cologne
  • Elisabeth Prügl, Professor of International Relations, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies of Geneva; Director, Geneva Graduate Institute Gender Centre  

  • May Al-Dabbagh, Assistant Professor of Social Research and Public Policy, New York University, Abu Dhabi
  • Victoria Brescoll, Assistant Professor of Organizational Behavior, Yale School of Business
  • Paola Cecchi-Dimeglio, Join Postdoctoral Fellow, Women and Public Policy Program at Harvard Kennedy School and Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School
  • Joanna Everitt, Professor of Political Science and Dean of the Faculty of Arts, University of New Brunswick, Saint John
  • Stephen Frost, Head of Diversity and Inclusion, London Organising Committee, Olympic Games and Paralympic Games Ltd.; Founder and Principal, Frost Included
  • Berit C. Gerritzen, PhD candidate in Economics and Finance, University of St. Gallen, Switzerland
  • Julia J. Lee, PhD candidate in Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School
  • Zoe Marks, Lecturer in Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School
  • Maliheh Paryavi, PhD candidate in Political Economy and Government, Harvard University

  • May Al-Dabbagh, Assistant Professor of Social Research and Public Policy, New York University, Abu Dhabi
  • Lakshmi Balachandra, Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship, Babson College; Visiting Lecturer, Organization Studies, MIT Sloan School of Management
  • Paola Cecchi-Dimeglio, Join Postdoctoral Fellow, Women and Public Policy Program at Harvard Kennedy School and Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School
  • Stephen Frost, Head of Diversity and Inclusion, London Organising Committee, Olympic Games and Paralympic Games Ltd.; Founder and Principal, Frost Included
  • Laura Kray, Professor and The Ned and Carol Spieker Chair in Leadership, University of California, Berkeley, Haas School of Business
  • Daniel Manne, Postdoctoral Fellow, Ethics and Public Life, Cornell University, Sage School of Philosophy
  • Maliheh Paryavi, PhD candidate in Political Economy and Government, Harvard University
  • Petra Persson, Assistant Professor of Economics, Stanford University
  • Miriam Schwartz-Ziv, Assistant Professor in the Department of Finance, Michigan State University
  • Olga Shurchkov, Assistant Professor of Economics, Wellesley College
  • Alexandra van Geen, Assistant Professor of Finance, Erasmus School of Economics
  • Martina Viarengo, Associate Professor in the Department of Economics, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies of Geneva
  • Le Wang, Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics, Finance, and Legal Studies, University of  Alabama

  • May Al-Dabbagh, Assistant Professor of Social Research and Public Policy, New York University, Abu Dhabi
  • Lakshmi Balachandra, Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship, Babson College; Visiting Lecturer, Organization Studies, MIT Sloan School of Management
  • Paula Caplan, Research Associate, Harvard University, DuBois Institute; Director; Voices of Diversity Project
  • Kathleen Coyne-McCoy, campaign strategist; Principal, KCM Consulting
  • Sreedhari Desai, Assistant Professor of Organizational Behavior, University of North Carolina, Kenan-Flager Business School
  • Julian Jamison, Senior Economist, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau;  Research Associate, Innovations for Poverty Action
  • Katja Kaufman, Professor of Economics, Universitá Bocconi
  • Pinar Keskin, Assistant Professor of Economics, Wellesley College
  • Daniel Manne, Postdoctoral Fellow, Ethics and Public Life, Sage School of Philosophy, Cornell University
  • Maliheh Paryavi, PhD candidate in Political Economy and Government, Harvard University
  • Olga Shurchkov, Assistant Professor of Economics, Wellesley College
  • Alexandra van Geen, Assistant Professor of Finance, Erasmus School of Economics
  • Martina Viarengo, Associate Professor in the Department of Economics, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies of Geneva

  • May Al-Dabbagh, Assistant Professor of Social Research and Public Policy, New York University, Abu Dhabi
  • Paula Caplan, Research Associate, Harvard University, DuBois Institute; Director; Voices of Diversity Project
  • Kathleen Coyne-McCoy, campaign strategist; Principal, KCM Consulting
  • Sreedhari Desai, Assistant Professor of Organizational Behavior, University of North Carolina, Kenan-Flager Business School
  • Julian Jamison, Senior Economist, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau;  Research Associate, Innovations for Poverty Action
  • Pinar Keskin, Assistant Professor of Economics, Wellesley College
  • Maliheh Paryavi, PhD candidate in Political Economy and Government, Harvard University
  • Laura Sjoberg, British Academy Global Professor of Politics and International Relations, Royal Holloway University of London; Professor of Political Science, University of Florida
  • Alexandra van Geen, Assistant Professor of Finance, Erasmus School of Economics
  • Martina Viarengo, Associate Professor in the Department of Economics, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies of Geneva
Former Leaders in Practice

  • Nancy Birdsall, Senior Fellow and President Emeritus at the Center for Global Development

  • Nancy Birdsall, Senior Fellow and President Emeritus at the Center for Global Development
  • Farai Chideya, host, creator, and CEO of Our Body Politic
  • Carmen Yulín Cruz Soto, Mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico (2013-2020), Harriet L. Weissman and Paul M. Weissman distinguished fellow in leadership at the Weissman Center for Leadership, Spring 2022 Hauser Leader at the Center for Public Leadership
  • Deepa Purushothaman, author of The First, the Few, the Only: How Women of Color Can Redefine Power in Corporate America; Co-Founder of nFormation; U.S. Board Member of the Avasara Leadership Institute
  • Rati Thanawala, Founder of the Leadership Academy for Women of Color in Tech; 2018 Advanced Leadership Fellow at Harvard University 

  • Nancy Birdsall, Senior Fellow and President Emeritus at the Center for Global Development
  • LaTosha Brown, Co-Founder of Black Voters Matter Fund and BVM Capacity Building Institute; 2020-2021 Hauser Leader at the Center for Public Leadership
  • Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, former Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women
  • Deepa Purushothaman, author of The First, the Few, the Only: How Women of Color Can Redefine Power in Corporate America; Co-Founder of nFormation; U.S. Board Member of the Avasara Leadership Institute 
  • Rangita de Silva de Alwis, Adjunct Professor of Public Policy at HKS; faculty at the University of Pennsylvania Law School; Hillary Rodham Clinton Distinguished Fellow at the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security
  • Rati Thanawala, Founder of the Leadership Academy for Women of Color in Tech; 2018 Advanced Leadership Fellow at Harvard University 

  • Nancy Birdsall, Senior Fellow and President Emeritus at the Center for Global Development
  • Ashley Judd, leader of the #MeToo movement; founding member of TIME's UP; Global Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)
  • Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, former Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women
  • Rangita de Silva de Alwis, Adjunct Professor of Public Policy at HKS; faculty at the University of Pennsylvania Law School; Hillary Rodham Clinton Distinguished Fellow at the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security

  • Nancy Birdsall, Senior Fellow and President Emeritus at the Center for Global Development