Dean, Walsh School of Foreign Service
Distinguished Professor in the Practice of Development
Joel Hellman became Dean of the Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University in July 2015 after 25 years working on some of the most complex issues of governance, conflict and the political economy of development as both a scholar and practitioner. He served at the World Bank in many senior roles including Chief Institutional Economist, Director of the Center for Conflict, Security and Development in Nairobi, Kenya where he led the Bank’s engagement with the most challenging fragile and conflict-affected states around the world, and Coordinator of the Bank’s response in Indonesia to the devastating Asian tsunami. He was the Senior Political Counselor at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in London, leading its political engagement and analysis on Russia, Central Asia and Eastern Europe. As a scholar, Dr. Hellman was a political science professor focusing on the politics of economic reform at Harvard University and Columbia University.
Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, he is a graduate of Williams College. He has a Ph.D. from Columbia University and an M.Phil. from Oxford University.
Areas of Expertise: International Development, Political Economy
- Ph.D. Columbia University
- M.Phil. University of Oxford
- B.A. Williams College
Honors and Fellowships
- Sage Prize for Best Paper in Comparative Politics (1997 American Political Science Association Annual Meeting)
- National Council for Soviet and East European Research Fellowship
- Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies Research Fellowship
- Social Science Research Council Fellowship
- Andrew Carnegie Junior Fellowship
- John Moody Fellowship (Exeter College, Oxford)
“Governance Gone Local: Does Decentralization Improve Accountability?” (with Jose Edgardo Campos) in East Asia Decentralizes: Making Local Government Work (Washington, DC: The World Bank, 2005).
“The Inequality of Influence,” (with Daniel Kaufmann) in Janos Kornai and Susan Rose Ackerman, eds., Building a Trustworthy State in Post-Socialist Transition (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2004).
Anticorruption in Transition 2: Corruption in Enterprise-State Interactions in Europe and Central Asia 1999-2002 (with Cheryl Gray and Randi Ryterman) (Washington, DC: World Bank, 2004).
“Seize the State, Seize the Day: An Empirical Analysis of State Capture and Corruption in Transition Economies,” (with Geraint Jones and Daniel Kaufmann), Journal of Comparative Economics, vol. 31, no. 4 (December 2003).
“Russia’s Transition to a Market Economy: A Permanent Redistribution?” in Andrew C. Kuchins, ed., Russia After the Fall (Washington, DC: Carnegie, 2002).
“Confronting the Challenge of State Capture in Transition Economies,” (with Daniel Kaufmann) Finance and Development, vol. 38, no. 3 (September 2001).
“Intervention, Corruption and Capture: The Nexus between Enterprises and the State,” (with Mark Schankerman) Economics of Transition, vol. 8, no. 3 (2000), 545-576.
“Are Foreign Investors and Multinationals Engaging in Corrupt Practices in Transition Economies?” (with Geraint Jones and Daniel Kaufmann) Transition (May-June-July 2000).
“Measuring Governance, Corruption and State Capture: How Firms and Bureaucrats Shape the Business Environment in Transition Economies,” (with G. Jones, D. Kaufmann and M. Schankerman) World Bank Policy Research Paper, no. 2312 (April 2000).
Editor, Transition Report 1999 (London: European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, 1999).
“Governance in Transition,” (with Mark Schankerman) in Transition Report 1999 (London: European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, 1999).
Editor, Transition Report 1998 (London: European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, 1998).
“Progress in Market-Oriented Transition,” (with Christian Mumssen) in Transition Report 1998 (London: European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, 1998).
“Review Essay: Institutional Design in Post-communist Societies,” East European Constitutional Review, vol. 7, no. 3 (Summer 1998).
“Winners Take All: The Politics of Partial Reform in Post-Communist Transitions,” World Politics, vol. 50, no. 2 January 1998). (Awarded the Sage Prize for Best Paper in Comparative Politics 11 998 American Political Science Association Annual Meeting).
“The Level and Pattern of Corruption in Transition Economies,” in Transition Report 1997 (London: European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, 1997).
“Progress in Market-Oriented Transition,” in Transition Report 1997 (London: European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, 1997).
“Constitutions and Economic Reform: A Comparative Approach,” in Jeffrey D. Sachs and Katharina Pistor, eds., The Rule of Law and Economic Reform in Russia (Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 1997).
“Constitutions and Economic Reform in the Post-communist Transitions,” East European Constitutional Review, vol. 5, no. 1 (Winter 1996).
“Russia Adjusts to Stability,” Transition, vol. 2, no. 10 (May 1996).
“Bureaucrats vs. Markets? Rethinking the Bureaucratic Response to Market Reform in Command Economies,” in Susan Solomon, ed., Beyond Sovietology: Essays in Politics and History (New York: M.E. Sharpe, 1993).
“Gorbachev’s New World View,” Social Policy, vol. 18, no.1 (Summer 1987).