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  • The Development Concentration is designed for students interested in pursuing professional careers or further academic research related to global poverty, inequality, and development. The concentration’s interdisciplinary curriculum challenges students to think critically and deeply about why some people and countries prosper while others remain marginalized. It focuses on the theoretical concepts and analytical tools that equip students to engage with the complex challenges of global poverty, inequality, and development. The curriculum reflects the common commitment of students and faculty to development as a process that is fundamentally about improving human well-being and securing greater social justice. The Development Concentration has a particular strength in faculty research and teaching in human rights and the capabilities approach to development.

    The Development concentration offers a flexible course of study by allowing students to combine required foundation courses in theories and methodological tools with electives. These include courses on a wide range of topics offered in GPIA, as well as in Milano School programs in environmental sustainability, management and urban policy, and in NSSR departments of Economics, Politics, Anthropology and more. Many students take advantage of opportunities for internships at one of the multitude of New York-based organizations working at the forefront of development issues. International Field Program sites in Argentina, Colombia, Ethiopia, and India offer field-based research and practice.

  • Faculty

    Barbara Adams

    Barbara Adams is senior policy advisor at the Global Policy Forum. She has been at the forefront of promoting more equitable economic governance and a stronger role for civil society. She was a member of the UN General Assembly President's CSO Task Force for the 2010 Summit.  

    Adams was trained as an economist in the United Kingdom and from 1977 to 1979 served as executive director of the Manitoba Council for International Affairs in Canada. From 1981 to 1988, she served as associate director of the Quaker United Nations Office in New York, where she worked with delegates, UN staff, and NGOs on issues of economic and social justice, women, peace, and human rights. Barbara served as deputy coordinator of the UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service (NGLS) through the period of the UN global conferences and until 2003. From 2003 to 2008, she worked as chief of Strategic Partnerships and Communications for the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM).

    Her recent experiences have included being a member of the President of UN General Assembly's CSO taskforce for MDG 2010 Summit, the Coordinating Committee of Social Watch, and the Civil Society Reflection Group on Global Development Perspectives.

    During her career, she has worked as a consultant to UNICEF, served on the board of directors for the Canadian Council for International Cooperation (CCIC), and undertaken development work in Latin America in areas including housing and settlement projects in Uruguay.

    Adams has authored and co-authored many articles, reports, and booklets on the UN, including Accounting for Africa at the United Nations: A Guide for Non-Governmental Organizations; Putting Gender on the Agenda: A Guide to Participating in UN World Conferences; Climate Justice in a Changing World; and, with Gretchen Luchsinger, Reclaiming Multilateralism for People, Rights and Sustainable Development.

    Michael Cohen

    Michael Cohen has had an extensive career promoting sustainable urban development, including a position as head of the Urban Development Division at the World Bank for many years. He currently advises UN Habitat and various development institutions on urban assistance policy. Cohen's published work has a focus on economic development in Latin America and Africa. In addition to teaching a number of courses on urban issues, he teaches Global Urban Futures and State, Market, and Development Strategies in Latin America within the Development concentration.

    Max Fraad-Wolff

    Max Fraad-Wolff is an economist and freelance researcher, strategist, and writer in the areas of international finance and macroeconomics, with a focus on how these issues relate to development. His research interests include international financial risks and opportunities and he is a regular contributor to the BBC, NPR, Al Jazeera English, and the Huffington Post. In addition to teaching Economics in International Affairs, Fraad-Wolff teaches Financial Markets and Development.

    Sakiko Fukuda-Parr

    Sakiko Fukuda-Parr is a development economist with years of experience at the World Bank and UNDP, including a decade as lead author and director of the UNDP Human Development Reports. She works on issues of human development and capabilities and the broad question of national and international policy strategies. Her current research includes projects on public policies, economic and social rights, and the impact of global goal setting on international development agendas. Fukuda-Parr chairs the Development concentration and teaches Development Economics; Food, Global Trade, and Development; and Human Rights and Poverty: Case Studies.

    Alec Ian Gershberg

    Alec Ian Gershberg is a specialist in education policy, public finance, and economic analysis in both developing and OECD countries. He has particular expertise in policy reform processes, institutional analysis, education finance, accountability, school governance, and decentralization, and has conducted extensive research and policy analysis in Latin America. A frequent consultant to the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, and USAID, Gershberg teaches education and international development and comparative education and global development.

    Mark Johnson

    Mark Johnson has worked primarily in emergency relief, refugee resettlement, and humanitarian aid for the International Rescue Committee, the Center for International Rehabilitation, the United Nations, and Human Rights Watch. His main teaching focus at The New School is practice-based learning, and within the Development concentration he teaches Monitoring and Evaluation.

    Achilles Kallergis

    Achilles Kallergis is a political scientist who works on urban development, poverty alleviation, and informal settlements. His research and teaching focus on theories, histories, and practices of development; urban development in Africa; and the role of community groups in urban development. He directs the International Field Program in India (Shack/Slum Dwellers International) and teaches Communities in Urban Development.

    David Lamoureux

    David Lamoureux is an economist with a background in agricultural economics. He is interested in the dominance of the neoclassical economics paradigm and in the historical foundations of contemporary economic thought. In addition to teaching Economics in International Affairs, Lamoureux teaches International Trade: Theory, History, Policy.

    Christopher London

    Christopher London has extensive experience with the analysis, organization, and implementation of social change initiatives, especially with regard to citizen engagement in planning and development. His area of focus is Latin America, but he has also run an NGO in Nepal. Since joining the New School, he has worked to translate the applied work of social change into the pedagogical environment of the classroom. In addition to directing the International Field Program in Colombia, London teaches Political Ecologies of Farming and Capitalism; Rural and Regional Development in Latin America; Citizens, States, and Power in Regional Development; and The Political Ecology of Agriculture.

    Manjari Mahajan

    Manjari Mahajan is interested in how technical knowledge about health, environment, and development is constituted alongside emerging political and legal orders. She has conducted research on the AIDS epidemics in South Africa and India, the emergence of new ethical and scientific regimes in global health, and the role of intellectual property regimes in shaping agendas in public health and biomedical research in the Global South. She teaches Health, Inequality, and Development; Introduction to Epidemiology: Case Studies in Global Health; and The Politics of Expertise.

    Scott Martin

    Scott Martin is a political scientist who works on labor, social policy, multinational industries, and sustainable development in North and South America. He consults regularly on international development, labor, and business issues, particularly as lead Latin America researcher for annual reports of the Economist Intelligence Unit. In addition to his regular teaching of Thesis Workshop, he has taught Corporations, Justice, and Rights and Globalization, State, and Society.

    Erin McCandless

    Erin McCandless is a practitioner and research scholar in the areas of peacebuilding and development. McCandless has years of experience, especially in Africa, in program design and management, policy development, advising, and training. She is an executive editor of the Journal of Peacebuilding and Development, and her current research includes societal and system resilience, social contracts and political compacts, and assessing progress in peacebuilding and statebuilding. Her development courses include Conflict, Peacebuilding, and Development and Statebuilding and Peacebuilding.

    Alberto Minujin

    Alberto Minujin works on issues of social policy and children's rights in the context of the development and human rights paradigm. He directs the initiative Equity for Children and the International Field Program in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Minujin teaches Children, Rights, Poverty, Equality and Urban Environmental Development Practices.

    Fabio Parasecoli

    Fabio Parasecoli is associate professor of food studies in the Schools of Public Engagement's BA program. He is a food studies scholar focusing on the history and cultural dynamics of global food systems, as well as the impact of global trade and intellectual property regulations on development and biodiversity. Development courses include Food, Global Trade, and Development and Food History and Globalization.

    Judit Rius Sanjuan

    Judit Rius Sanjuan is the U.S. manager and legal policy advisor of the Access Campaign for Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in New York, a position she has held since February 2011. The MSF Access Campaign's purpose is to ensure greater access to and promote research on and development of life-saving and life-prolonging medicines, diagnostic tests, and vaccines for MSF medical operations and beyond.

    Yana Rodgers

    Professor Yana Rodgers holds a PhD in Economics from Harvard University and a BA in Economics from Cornell University. She is a professor of women's and gender studies at Rutgers University. Many of her studies have focused on East and South Asian economies, and she has traveled to and lived in Asia to conduct her research.

    Rodgers has published numerous articles in refereed economics journals and has written a book titled Maternal Employment and Child Health: Global Issues and Policy Solutions (Edward Elgar Publishing, 2011). She served as president of the International Association for Feminist Economics in 2013-2014, and she has served as an associate editor for Feminist Economics since 2005. She has also worked regularly as a consultant for the World Bank, the United Nations, and the Asian Development Bank.

    Rodgers teaches courses and conducts research on feminist economics, labor studies, economics of the family, development economics, and nutrition and food policy.

    Antina von Schnitzler

    Antina von Schnitzler's research and teaching focus on citizenship and political subjectivities, the anthropology of infrastructure and technology, liberalism and neoliberalism, colonialism and postcoloniality, and South Africa. She has carried out research on the politics of basic service provision (specifically on water) and on social and economic rights. She teaches Techno-Politics: Infrastructure, Technology, Power; Urban Africa; and Cities, Infrastructure, Development.

    Anastasia Thatcher Marceau

    Anastasia Thatcher Marceau teaches Private Sector Models of International Development, bringing 15 years' experience as a development practitioner. She currently leads Accenture Development Partnerships for North America, an impact consulting firm serving the international development sector. In her career, she has facilitated dozens of multi-stakeholder partnerships in areas including health, nutrition, agricultural livelihoods, water, and gender. She has worked with global NGOs, UN agencies, faith-based organizations, and companies across Africa, Asia, and Latin America.

    Maxine Weisgrau

    Maxine Weisgrau is an anthropologist who has conducted fieldwork research in Rajasthan, India, for more than 30 years. Her research focuses on nongovernmental organizations and rural development programs in villages in and around the Udaipur District. Weisgrau also works on issues of gender, development, and political participation. In addition to teaching Theories, Histories, and Practices of Development, she teaches Gender and Development.

    Richard Wolff

    Richard Wolff's approach to political economy makes use of neoclassical, Keynesian, and Marxian economic theories and studies. He applies this approach to a range of topics, including the current global economic crisis, long-term economic trends, challenges to capitalism, and economic development analysis in the 21st century. Wolff's weekly WBAI radio show Economic Update is widely syndicated on outlets including He teaches Europe in Crisis and the World Economy and Contending Economic Analyses and Economic Development.


    African Cities - Gulelat Kebede

    Business and Human Rights - Yana Rodgers

    Children, Rights, Poverty, Equality – Alberto Minujin

    Communities in Urban Development – Achilles Kallergis

    Conflict, Peacebuilding, and Development – Erin McCandless

    Contending Economic Analyses and Economic Development – Richard Wolff

    Development Economics (Foundation Course) – Sakiko Fukuda-Parr

    Financial Markets and Development – Max Fraad-Wolff

    Food, Global Trade, and Development – Sakiko Fukuda-Parr

    Gender and Development – Maxine Weisgrau

    Global Health, Poverty & Development - Manjari Mahajan

    Globalized Labor - Scott Martin

    Human Rights and Poverty: Case Studies – Sakiko Fukuda-Parr

    Political Ecologies of Food, Farming, and Capitalism – Chris London

    Private-Public Partnerships for Development - Barbara Adams

    Private Sector International Development - Anastasia Thatcher Marceau

    Slums and Urban Development – Maria Carrizosa

    Social Policy and Inclusive Development – Scott Martin

    Statebuilding and Peacebuilding – Erin McCandless

    Trade Agreements and Health Equity - Judit Rius

    Urbanization and Economic Growth - Michael Cohen