Associate Director


Dr. Erica Field’s major fields of interests are development economics, labor economics, economic demography, and health. Specifically, her research focuses on the areas of marriage and family, property rights, global health, and finance and entrepreneurship. She has received grants from the National Science Foundation, Agricultural Technology Adoption Initiative, and the Harvard Sustainability Science Program, among others.

Dr. Wibbels' research focuses on development, decentralized governance, and other areas of political economy. He has worked with USAID’s DRG Centre, USAID mission officers, AidData, RTI International, the World Bank and others on projects around the world.


Dr. Heather Huntington serves as Associate Director of DevLab@Duke. Her research interests include land tenure, land administration, natural resource management, as well as governance and accountability. Dr. Huntington has managed research and evaluation portfolios for USAID and MCC, including the design and implementation of impact and performance evaluations across Africa, Asia, and Latin America.


DevLab Faculty

Dr. Abdulkadiroglu‘s research has led to the design and commission of better admissions policies in school choice programs in several large US cities. His research on the economics of education focuses on the impact of education on student achievement and factors that influence demand patterns in schooling.

Dr. Beramendi has worked on the relationship between economic geography, decentralization, and redistribution, and on tax systems and progressivity. Currently, he is studying the origins of fiscal capacity, the connection between economic and political inequality, and the politics of water allocation. He is currently the PI on a spatial IE of a USAID project in the West Bank.

Dr. Garlick is an Assistant Professor of Economics and previously worked at the World Bank’s Development Research Group. He studies human capital and economic development. Current projects cover price sensitivity of education investments, household bargaining over education investments, and the role of human capital in job search and matching.

Dr, Jeuland is an associate professor with a joint appointment in the Sanford School of Public Policy and the Duke Global Health Institute at Duke University. Trained as an environmental economist, his research interests include water resource economics, climate change, nonmarket valuation, environmental health, environment and development, and energy transitions. He is a co-founder of the Sustainable Energy Transitions Initiative; starting in January 2019, he is the Faculty Director of the Energy Access Project at Duke.


Dr. Krishna investigates processes of grassroots development using methods from diverse disciplines, examining why some households rise out of poverty while other households become or remain poor; why some communities develop faster than other communities; whether slums are better seen as staircases or poverty traps; and the extent to which individuals from different social segments experience upward mobility.

Dr. Malesky is a Professor of Political Economy. He has worked on development projects in Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmar, China, El Salvador, and Kosovo for a variety of organizations. In 2012, he received a state medal from Vietnam for his role in promoting economic development as lead researcher for the USAID’s Vietnam Provincial Competitiveness Index.


Robyn Meeks is an Assistant Professor with research at the intersection of environmental, energy, and development economics. She studies individual, household, and firm responses to various water and energy technologies, policies, and types of infrastructure in developing countries. Current research investigates the benefits of smart meters to electricity utilities. She has implemented field research in countries such as Kyrgyzstan, India, Nepal, Kenya, and Kazakhstan.

Dr. Mohanan (Asst. Professor @ Sanford, Economics, Global Health) studies topics related to economics of health and healthcare in developing countries including performance based contracts, quality measurement, delivery of care, and governance innovations such as social accountability and monitoring.

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Dr. Schubiger’s research focuses on repression, armed conflict, and political violence. Her work has been funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation, the US National Science Foundation, and the Swiss Network for International Studies, among others.