Former Chief Economist for USAID Joins Georgetown Faculty

SFS announces that Chief Economist at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Steve Radelet is joining the faculty of the newly established Master's Program in Global Human Development as Distinguished Professor in the Practice of Development.


“I am delighted to welcome Steve Radelet to the School of Foreign Service and to our bold new Master’s Program in Global Human Development. Steve embodies that rare combination of teacher, researcher and development practitioner and I am confident that he will immeasurably strengthen our already strong team of development scholars and practitioners,” said SFS Dean Carol Lancaster.

Radelet has extensive experience as a policymaker in the U.S. Government; as an advisor to developing country leaders; and as a researcher, teacher and writer. In 2010, Radelet served as Senior Adviser for Development for Secretary of State Clinton, where he advised her on strategies to strengthen and elevate development across the U.S. Government. From 2002 to 2010, he was a Senior Fellow at the Center for Global Development, where his work focused on economic growth, poverty reduction, foreign aid, debt and trade.

Radelet was an economic adviser to the President of Liberia from 2005-2009; in 2012 he has been advising the President of Malawi. From 2000 to 2002, he was Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Africa, the Middle East and Asia; from 1990 to 2000, Radelet was a Fellow at the Harvard Institute for International Development, the director of the institute's macroeconomics program and a lecturer on economics and public policy at Harvard University.

Radelet is the author of Emerging Africa: How 17 Countries are Leading the Way (2010) and Challenging Foreign Aid: A Policymaker's Guide to the Millennium Challenge Account (2003) and co-author of Economics of Development (7th edition, 2012), a leading undergraduate textbook. He holds master's and Ph.D. degrees in public policy from Harvard University and a B.S. in mathematics from Central Michigan University.

Launched in 2012, the Master of Arts in Global Human Development program is designed to prepare students—through coursework, extra-curricular activity and a practical field work experience—to understand the challenges of development and provide them with the tools and experience to address those challenges as successful professionals.