Letitia James

William S. Beinecke Visiting Professor (part-time)

Jean-Marie Guéhenno

Kent Visiting Professor of Conflict Resolution (part-time)

Willem Buiter

Visiting Professor (part-time)


Senior lecturer Hisham Aidi was among the 13 named to the 2020 class of Soros Equality Fellows. The program is designed to help incubate innovators and risk-takers striving to create and develop new ways of addressing the systemic causes and symptoms of racial disparity and discrimination. Aidi will create a web documentary series and book project to study the rise of Afro-Arab and Amazigh migration and activism in the United States over the last 25 years.

A new study on COVID-19 from SIPA professor Douglas Almond and PhD candidate Charles A. Taylor (with Christopher Boulos of the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business), published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), suggests that, among essential industries, livestock processing poses a particular public health risk extending far beyond meatpacking companies and their employees. Mindful of the tradeoffs inherent in public policy, the authors note that “ensuring both public health and robust essential supply chains may require an increase in meatpacking oversight and potentially a shift toward more decentralized, smaller-scale meat production.”

In fall 2020 professors Scott Barrett and Jeffrey Sachs, with Yanis Ben Amor,  hosted a weekly webinar discussion, COVID 19: Policymaking in the Throes of a Global Crisis, on multidisciplinary responses to the pandemic. Among the guests were SIPA’s Dean Merit E. Janow, Robert Shapiro, and Joseph E. Stiglitz.

Economist Sandra E. Black was ranked 60th among 200 education scholars honored for their research and work shaping educational practice and policy in Education Week’s 2021 RHSU Edu-Scholar Public Influence Rankings.

SIPA’s 2021 Faculty Graduation Awards recognized senior lecturer Andrea Bubula for Macroeconomic Analysis for International and Public Affairs (large course) and lecturer Norman Bartczak for Accounting for International and Public Affairs (small course).

Robert Jervis, the Adlai E. Stevenson Professor and professor of international and public affairs, was elected to the National Academy of Sciences for contributions to the study of international politics. Jervis, who passed away on December 9, 2021, specialized in international politics and security policy, decision-making, and theories of conflict and cooperation. He was the author of numerous books and over 100 publications and had served on the boards of nine scholarly journals.

Each year, Columbia’s provost recognizes outstanding junior faculty who contribute to the University’s diversity goals through their research, teaching, and mentoring activities. Congratulations to Tamar Mitts, one of eight grant recipients for the fall 2020 semester, recognized for her research “More than Meets the Eye: Stereotype Activation and Protest Mobilization in the Digital Age.”

Paola Valenti began a new part-time role as chief economist in the office of New York attorney general Letitia James.

Keren Yarhi-Milo won the Biennial Best Foreign Policy Book Award from the International Studies Association (ISA) for Who Fights for Reputation: The Psychology of Leaders in International Conflict. The award was presented at the 2021 ISA Annual Convention in April.




Takatoshi Ito
With Tomoyoshi Yabu
Japanese Foreign Exchange Interventions, 1971–2018: Estimating a Reaction Function Using the Best Proxy
Journal of the Japanese and International Economies 58, no. 5 (December 2020)

Wojciech Kopczuk
With Eric Zwick
Business Incomes at the Top
Journal of Economic Perspectives 34, no. 4 (Fall 2020): 27–51

José Antonio Ocampo
With Bilge Erten and Anton Korinek
Capital Controls: Theory and Evidence
Journal of Economic Literature 59, no. 1 (March 2021): 45–89

Arvind Panagariya
New India: Reclaiming the Lost Glory
Oxford University Press, 2020

Cristian “Kiki” Pop-Eleches
With Rajeev Dehejia and Cyrus Samii
From Local to Global: External Validity in a Fertility Natural Experiment
Journal of Business & Economic Statistics 39, no. 1 (2021): 217–243

Rodrigo Soares
With Guilherme Hirata
Competition and the Racial Wage Gap: Evidence from Brazil
Journal of Development Economics 146 (September 2020)

Jan Svejnar (Editor)
With Justin Yifu Lin
China and the West
Edward Elgar, 2021

Miguel Urquiola
With W. Bentley MacLeod
Why Does the United States Have the Best Research Universities? Incentives, Resources, and Virtuous Circles
Journal of Economic Perspectives 35, no. 1 (Winter 2021): 185–206

Eric Verhoogen
With Todd Kumler and Judith A. Frías
Enlisting Employees in Improving Payroll-Tax Compliance: Evidence from Mexico
Review of Economics and Statistics 102, no. 5 (2020): 881–896



Douglas Almond
With Charles A. Taylor and Christopher Boulos
Livestock Plants and COVID-19 Transmission
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) 117, no. 50 (December 2020)

Scott Barrett
Dikes versus Windmills: Climate Treaties and Adaptation
Climate Change Economics 11, no. 4 (November 2020)

Ben Orlove
With Andrew J. S. Wilson
2021 Climate Urgency: Evidence of Its Effects on Decision Making in the Laboratory and the Field
Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability 51 (August 2021): 65–76

Wolfram Schlenker
With Iman Haqiqi, Danielle S. Grogan, and Thomas W. Hertel
Quantifying the Impacts of Compound Extremes on Agriculture
Hydrology and Earth System Sciences 25, no. 2 (2021): 551–564

Jeffrey Shrader
With Christy Lewis, Gavin McCormick, Isabelle Rabideau, and Burcin Unel
(Not So) Clean Peak Energy Standards
Energy 225, no. 15 (2021)







Hisham Aidi
National Identity in the Afro-Arab Periphery: Ethnicity, Indigeneity, and (anti)Racism in Morocco
Project on Middle East Political Science (POMEPS) Studies 40 (June 2020)



Anya Schiffrin (Editor)
Media Capture: How Money, Digital Platforms, and Governments Control the News
Columbia University Press, 2021



Douglas Almond and Wojciech Kopczuk were both Russell Sage Foundation visiting scholars.

Scott Barrett was named Alliance Visiting Professor at Sciences Po for spring 2022 and Centennial Professor at the London School of Economics, 2021–24.

Daniel Corstange was awarded the Lenfest Junior Faculty Development Grant and the Hettleman Junior Faculty Summer Research Grant.

Yasmine Ergas was a visiting professor at Università degli Studi di Milano in spring 2021. 

Ester R. Fuchs was named to the Avenue Power List: Medical Research in September 2020.

Thomas Groll was a Columbia Provost’s Senior Faculty Teaching Scholar, 2020–21.

W. Bentley MacLeod was named president of the American Law and Economics Association, 2021–22.

Maria Victoria Murillo was a Columbia Provost’s Leadership Fellow, 2019–21.

Robert Shapiro was elected editor of Political Science Quarterly.

Rodrigo Soares was elected a fellow of the Econometric Society in 2020.



Sohini Chatterjee serves as a senior policy adviser to the US ambassador to the United Nations.

Avril Haines was confirmed as director of national intelligence on January 20.

Alexander Hertel-Fernandez was appointed chief evaluation officer at the Department of Labor.

Noah Kaufman serves as a senior economist for the White House Council of Economic Advisers.

Richard Nephew was appointed deputy to the special envoy to Iran at the Department of State.

Varun Sivaram serves as a senior adviser to the former secretary of state John F. Kerry, who is now a special presidential envoy for climate.

Jessica Stern was appointed US special envoy to advance the human rights of LGBTQI+ persons at the Department of State.