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Randall Akee, Economic Studies

Randall Akee is an assistant professor at the University of California, Los Angeles in the Department of Public Policy and American Indian Studies. His main research interests are labor economics, economic development, and migration.

Alina Polyakova, Foreign Policy

Alina Polyakova is director of research and senior fellow for Europe and Eurasia at the Atlantic Council. She specializes in European politics, far-right populism and nationalism, and Russian foreign policy.

Andre M. Perry, Metropolitan Policy Program

Andre M. Perry has been a founding dean, professor, award-winning journalist, and activist in the field of education. His research focuses on race and structural inequality, community engagement, education, economic inclusion, and workforce development.

Scott R. Anderson, Governance Studies

Scott Anderson is an experienced international lawyer and former U.S. diplomat. He previously served as an attorney-adviser in the office of the legal adviser at the U.S. Department of State, where he advised policymakers on legal matters relating to U.S. policy in the Middle East and North Africa, among other issues.

Jenny Schuetz, Metropolitan Policy Program

Jenny Schuetz previously served as a principal economist at the board of governors of the Federal Reserve System. She has published extensively about housing policy, land use regulation, urban amenities, and neighborhood change.

Landry Signé, Global Economy and Development

Landry Signé is a distinguished fellow at Stanford University’s Center for African Studies, chairman of the Global Network for Africa’s Prosperity, an Andrew Carnegie fellow, a 2016 Woodrow Wilson Public Policy fellow, and a professor and senior adviser on international affairs to the chancellor at the University of Alaska Anchorage. His research focuses on the drivers of sustainable economic growth in Africa.

Ryan Hass, Foreign Policy

From 2013 to 2017, Ryan Hass served as the director for China, Taiwan, and Mongolia at the National Security Council (NSC) staff. His research and analysis on enhancing policy development on the pressing political, economic, and security challenges facing the United States in East Asia.

Makada Henry-Nickie, Governance Studies

Makada Henry-Nickie’s career and research have focused on expanding equitable access to responsible credit and promoting policies that advance inclusive economic opportunities for disadvantaged families and low-income communities.

Marcus Casey, Economic Studies

Marcus Casey is an assistant professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Illinois at Chicago. His research interests lie at the intersection of the fields of urban, labor, and public economics with a particular emphasis on issues related to neighborhood sorting and transition, how people value neighborhood amenities, crime, and the impact of neighborhood environment on inequality and life outcomes.

Dany Bahar, Global Economy and Development

An Israeli and Venezuelan economist, Dany Bahar is also an associate at the Harvard Center for International Development. His research sits at the intersection of international economics and economic development.