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Distinguished Research Affiliates

In an initiative launched in 2015, the Kellogg Institute has invited a small number of select scholars from other institutions to enter into a long-term collaboration with the Kellogg research community as Distinguished Research Affiliates.

Recognized for their scholarship in their respective fields, the Distinguished Research Affiliates advance the Institute’s major research themes of democracy and human development through ongoing collaborative relationships with Kellogg faculty fellows and doctoral students.

Activities may include:

Developing research projects with faculty fellows and doctoral students
Mentoring doctoral students
Participating in Institute academic events
Advising the Institute and helping to nurture new initiatives in their areas of expertise
Helping disseminate Kellogg research to scholarly and policy audiences

Distinguished Research Affiliates are in residence at the Kellogg Institute several times each academic year and hold two-year appointments by invitation only.

Contact:  Beth Simpson Hlabse

2016–18 Distinguished Research Affiliates

Christopher B. BarrettChristopher B. Barrett is the Stephen B. and Janice G. Ashley Professor of Applied Economics and Management and International Professor of Agriculture at the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management at Cornell University, where he is also professor of economics and deputy dean of the College of Business.

He conducts research in international development, environmental and resource economics, international trade, markets and price analysis, agricultural production and distribution, and applied econometrics, considering three interrelated areas: poverty, hunger, food security, economic policy, and the structural transformation of low-income societies; issues of individual and market behavior under risk and uncertainty; and the interrelationship between poverty, food security, and environmental stress in developing areas.
Extensively published, Barrett edits the Palgrave Macmillan book series Agricultural Economics and Food Policy. He holds a dual PhD in economics and agricultural economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Stephen HeynemanStephen Heyneman is professor emeritus of international education policy in the Department of Leadership, Policy, and Organizations at Vanderbilt University. A well-known expert in the field of international education policy, his most recent research interests include the effect of higher education on social cohesion, the international trade in education services, and the economic and social cost to corruption in higher education.

Heyneman served the World Bank for 22 years in multiple capacities, working on issues of education quality, effectiveness, and policy design as well as the training of policy leaders around the globe. He has studied or consulted on education policy in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Europe, and Latin America and the Caribbean.

He holds a PhD from the University of Chicago.

Pamela PaxtonPamela Paxton is professor of sociology and public affairs and the Christine and Stanley E. Adams, Jr. Centennial Professor in the Liberal Arts at the University of Texas at Austin. She also serves as project manager for formal and descriptive representation for the international Varieties of Democracy research team. Her intersecting research interests include pro-social behavior, politics, gender, social capital, and quantitative methodology.

In addition to many journal articles, Paxton is the coauthor of Women, Politics, and Power: A Global Perspective (3rd ed., 2016) and Nonrecursive Models: Endogeneity, Reciprocal Relationships, and Feedback Loops (2011), both from Sage. 

Previously a consultant with the USAID Democracy and Governance Program, she holds a PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

2015–17 Distinguished Research Affiliates

Clark GibsonClark Gibson is professor of political science and director of the International Studies Program at University of California, San Diego (UCSD). He studies the politics of development, democracy, and the environment in relation to Africa, Central and South America, and the United States. His current research focuses on the accountability between governments and citizens in Africa, especially during the electoral process and in the provision of public services.

Gibson is also a founder of the Center for the Study of African Political Economy (CSAPE), where UCSD faculty, graduate, and undergraduate students explore the politics of Africa, including issues such as political accountability, the determinants of voting, and the provision of public services in Africa’s emerging democracies.

A 1983 graduate of the University of Notre Dame and member of the Kellogg Institute Advisory Board since 2014, Gibson holds a PhD from Duke University.

Aníbal Pérez-LiñánAníbal Pérez-Liñán is professor of political science and member of the core faculty at the Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Pittsburgh. His research focuses on democratization, the rule of law, political stability, and institutional performance among new democracies. Currently, he is working on the political conditions that preclude judicial independence in developing countries and on the consequences of political radicalization for democratic survival.

Among his many publications are Presidential Impeachment and the New Political Instability in Latin America (Cambridge University Press, 2007) and, with Scott Mainwaring, the award-winning Democracies and Dictatorships in Latin America: Emergence, Survival, and Fall (Cambridge University Press, 2014). In 2015, he was named editor-in-chief of the Latin American Research Review (LARR).

Pérez-Liñán earned his PhD at the University of Notre Dame, where he was a Kellogg dissertation year fellow, and returned to the Kellogg Institute in fall 2007 as a visiting fellow.

Bruce WydickBruce Wydick, professor of economics and international studies at the University of San Francisco, uses econometric, experimental, and game-theoretic tools to analyze the impact of development programs. Recent work examines microfinance, child sponsorship, animal donation programs, and the role of hope and aspirations in escaping poverty traps.

He is currently working with Faculty Fellow Rev. Robert Dowd, CSC, on a study in Mexico of the role of hope in economic development and participating as well in the Institute’s ongoing research initiative on human dignity and human development.

The author of The Taste of Many Mountains (Thomas Nelson/HarperCollins, 2014) and Games in Economic Development (Cambridge University Press, 2007), Wydick serves as the director of Mayan Partners, a faith-based nonprofit working in the highlands of Guatemala. His blog, Across Two, serves as a bridge between faith-based development practitioners, secular researchers, and members of the general public.

Wydick holds a PhD from the University of California, Berkeley.




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