Sandra Black, Professor of Economics and International and Public Affairs
Professor Black’s research focuses on the role of early life experiences on the long-run outcomes of children, as well as issues of gender and discrimination. She worked as an economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and as an assistant, associate, and ultimately professor in the Department of Economics at UCLA and held the Audre and Bernard Centennial Chair in Economics and Public Affairs in the Department of Economics at the University of Texas at Austin before arriving at Columbia University. During this time, she also served as a member of President Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers from August 2015 to January 2017.

Read a profile of Professor Black in SIPA Magazine.

Keren Yarhi-Milo, Arnold A. Saltzman Professor of War and Peace Studies
Professor Yarhi-Milo’s research and teaching focus on international relations and foreign policy, with a particular specialization in international security, including foreign policy decision-making, interstate communication and crisis bargaining, intelligence, and US foreign policy in the Middle East. Her latest book, Who Fights for Reputation? The Psychology of Leaders in International Conflict (Princeton University Press, 2018), won the Best Book Award on Foreign Policy from the American Political Science Association.

Before joining the faculty at Columbia University, she was an associate professor (with tenure) of politics and international affairs in Princeton University’s Politics Department and School of Public and International Affairs.

Read an interview with Professor Yarhi-Milo in SIPA News



Jeffrey DeLaurentis
George S. McGovern Visiting Professor of International and Public Affairs

Michael Gechter
Visiting Assistant Professor of International and Public Affairs

Toomas Hendrik Ilves
George W. Ball Adjunct Professor of International and Public Affairs

Jong-Wha Lee
Visiting Professor of International and Public Affairs



In his new book State Capture: How Conservative Activists, Big Businesses, and Wealthy Donors Reshaped the American States — and the Nation (Oxford University Press, 2019) and in an interview with the Washington Post, Alexander Hertel-Fernandez looked at how relatively easy and cheap it is to influence underfunded American state legislatures.

Keiko Honda, former CEO of World Bank Group’s Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency, joined SIPA in January 2020 as an adjunct senior research scholar and adjunct professor.

Maria Vicky Murillo’s coauthored paper “Protests of Abundance: Distributive Conflict Over Agricultural Rents During the Commodities Boom in Argentina” examines protests by agricultural export producers in times of high agricultural prices.

Sharyn O’Halloran coedited After the Crash: Financial Crisis and Regulatory Responses (Columbia University Press, 2019), a collection of essays by economists, academics, and elected officials involved in regulation that provides a holistic reflection on the worst financial crisis and the most severe economic downturn since the Great Depression.

In Willful: How We Choose What We Do (Yale University Press, 2019), Richard Robb outlines two very different ways of looking at the world. There is “purposeful choice” — a wide slate of situations at whose base lie rational choices — and then there are “for-it” choices.

In August 2019, SIPA lecturer Christopher Sabatini joined the Chatham House as senior fellow for its Latin America, US, and the Americas Program.

Columbia SIPA announced the establishment of the Center for Environmental Economics and Policy (CEEP), which will study the causes of environmental change, the consequences for humanity, and policies to prevent and possibly reverse harmful change to ensure sustainable development. Wolfram Schlenker and Douglas Almond are serving as the center’s inaugural codirectors.

Joseph Stiglitz spent the fall 2019 semester as the Alliance Visiting Professor at Sciences Po, where he was honored with three Doctor Honoris Causa degrees. He wrote People, Power, and Profits: Progressive Capitalism for an Age of Discontent (W. W. Norton, 2020) and coauthored Measuring What Counts: The Global Movement for Well-Being (The New Press, 2019).

Paola Valenti, who has taught microeconomics to thousands of MIA and MPA students in her 11 years on the faculty, received a Columbia University Presidential Award for Outstanding Teaching at May’s Commencement ceremony. Each year only five professors University-wide receive the award, which was established in 1996. Valenti is just the third SIPA faculty member to be so honored.




Arvind Panagariya

Free Trade and Prosperity: How Trade Openness Helps Developing Countries Grow Richer and Combat Poverty.
Oxford University Press, 2019.

Jen Svejnar

With Yuriy Gorodnichenko and Katherine Terrell.
Do Foreign Investment and Trade Spur Innovation.”
European Economic Review 121 (January 2020).

Miguel Urquiola

Markets, Minds, and Money: Why America Leads the World in University Research.
Harvard University Press, 2020.

Shang-Jin Wei

With Nikhil Patel and Zhi Wang.
Global Value Chains and Effective Exchange Rates at the Country‐Sector Level.
Journal of Money, Credit, and Banking 51, no. S1 (December 2019): 7–42.


Jeffrey Sachs

The Ages of Globalization: Geography, Technology, and Institutions.

Columbia University Press, 2020.


John Mutter

Climate Change Science: A Primer for Sustainable Development.

Columbia University Press, 2020.

Ben Orlove

With Kimberley Thomas, R. Dean Hardy, Heather Lazrus, Michael Mendez, Isabel Rivera‐Collazo, J. Timmons Roberts, Marcy Rockman, Benjamin P. Warner, and Robert Winthrop

Explaining Differential Vulnerability to Climate Change: A Social Science Review.”

WIREs Climate Change 10, no. 2 (March/April 2019): e565.

Jeffrey Shrader

With Madison E. Condon and Michael A. Livermore.

“Assessing the Rationale for the U.S. EPA’s Proposed ‘Strengthening Transparency in Regulatory Science’ Rule.”

Review of Environmental Economics and Policy 14, no. 1 (Winter 2020): 131–135.


Elazar Barkan

With Constantin Goschler and James E. Waller.

Historical Dialogue and the Prevention of Mass Atrocities.

Routledge, 2020.

Suresh Naidu

American Slavery and Labor Market Power.
Economic History of Developing Regions 35, no. 1 (January 2020): 3–22.


Thomas Christensen

“No New Cold War: Why U.S.-Strategic Competition Will Not Be Like the U.S.-Soviet Cold War.
The Asia Institute for Policy Studies, September 10, 2020.

Yasmine Ergas

“Take Back the Future: Global Feminisms and the Coming Crisis of the Beijing Settlement.”

Journal of International Affairs 72, no. 2 (2019): 19–36.

Robert Jervis

Liberalism, the Blob, and American Foreign Policy: Evidence and Methodology.”
Security Studies 29, no. 3 (2020): 434–456.


Kenneth Prewitt

Retrofitting Social Science for the Practical and Moral.”
Issues in Science and Technology 36, no. 1 (Fall 2019): 80–87.



Scott Barrett
Fellow, Association of Environmental and Resource Economists for “outstanding contributions to the advancement of the profession of environmental and resource economics”

Guillermo Calvo
Calvo Award established for the best paper on international macroeconomics published in the Journal of International Economics

Richard Clarida
Public service leave; serving as vice chairman of the Federal Reserve Board of Governors

William B. Eimicke
2019 Axiom Silver Book Award for Philanthropy/Nonprofit/Sustainability

Takatoshi Ito
62nd Nikkei Annual Award on economics books for Managing Currency Risk: How Japanese Firms Choose Invoicing Currency (with Satoshi Koibuchi, Kiyotaka Sato, and Junko Shimizu; Edward Elgar, 2018)

Bentley MacLeod
Elected secretary-treasurer of the American Law and Economics Association, 2019

Robert Shapiro
Elected president of the Academy of Political Science, 2019

Shang-Jin Wei
The Contemporary Economics Prize, sharing a cash award of 2 million Chinese renminbi with Justin Yifu Lin, for significant contributions to the methodology of economics

Keren Yarhi-Milo
Best Book Award in Foreign Policy, American Political Science Association (APSA)