September 4, 2013

A distinguished economist and former finance minister of Chile. New York City’s top sustainability planner. Experts on intelligence, energy, and trade. A scholar of Latin American politics. This is just a sampling of the experience and backgrounds of SIPA’s new faculty scholars and practitioners for 2013-14.

Our newest tenure-track assistant professor is Paul Lagunes, a political scientist who studies Latin American politics and Latino politics in the United States. Economist Thomas Groll has received a multi-year appointment as lecturer in discipline and will teach core macroeconomics in Spring 2014.  Faculty and research scholars joining SIPA for one year or visiting appointments include the economist Andrés Velasco, who served as Chile’s finance minister for four years, and Rohit “Rit” Aggarwala, who led development of New York City’s comprehensive sustainability plan for the Bloomberg administration. Peter Clement, an expert on intelligence operations and the former Soviet Union, will serve as CIA officer in residence for two years.

New senior research scholars are David Sandalow and Harry Silver. Sandalow served until 2013 in the U.S. Department of Energy and is the inaugural fellow at the Center on Global Energy Policy. Silver, a managing director for Goldman Sachs who advised the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in 2012-13, will be a senior fellow for management and a senior research scholar (part-time). Bolstering the ranks of our adjunct faculty is the distinguished trade expert Harsha Singh, who is currently one of the World Trade Organization’s deputy directors-general.

“SIPA’s faculty is one of the key elements that sets the School apart,” said Miguel Urquiola, vice dean for academic Affairs. “Whether distinguished by their careful academic research, impressive experience as practitioners, or a combination of both, all our faculty contribute to the learning environment. I know everyone in the community joins me in extending a warm welcome to our newest colleagues.”

Tenure-Track and Multi-Year Appointments

Paul Lagunesassistant professor of international and public affairs, studies Latin American politics with a focus on corruption in urban settings and Latino politics in the United States. Lagunes obtained his PhD in political science from Yale University, where he also spent the 2012-13 academic year as a postdoctoral associate in political science. His work to date has been published in Latin American Research Review,Political Psychology, Transparency International’s Anti-Corruption Research Network, the Huffington Post,and other outlets.

Thomas Groll, lecturer in discipline, studies topics in public economics, industrial organization, political economics, and applied microeconomics. His current research focuses on commercial lobbying activities, the development of political institutions, and political competition. Groll received his PhD in economics from the University of Oregon in 2012. He also holds a Diplom/MSc in economics from the University of Konstanz, Germany, and a MSc in economics from the University of Oregon. He participated in several internships at institutions in the German federal government (KfW, BMWi) and at a federal real estate association (IVD). He will teach the SIPA core course Economic Analysis for International and Public Affairs.

Visiting and Limited-Term Appointments

Andrés Velascoa professor of practice in international development, is an internationally recognized scholar of economic development, international economics, and the political economy, and has written recently on the causes of financial crises in emerging markets. From 2006 to 2010, Velasco served as finance minister of Chile under President Michelle Bachelet. He was the Sumitomo-FASID Professor of International Finance and Development at Harvard Kennedy School from 2000 to 2011 and previously taught economics at New York University and directed the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies there. In 2011-2012, Velasco served as the Edward Larocque Tinker Visiting Professor at SIPA and the Institute for Latin American Studies. He holds a PhD in economics from Columbia.

Rohit Aggarwalaa professor of professional practice in international and public affairs, studies cities, transportation, and the environment from the perspectives of former public official, policy expert, and historian. As director of long-term planning and sustainability for New York City and the chief environmental policy advisor to Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg from 2006 to 2010, Aggarwala led the development and implementation of the city’s comprehensive sustainability plan, known as PlaNYC. In addition to his teaching and research at SIPA, he serves as special advisor to the chair of the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group and leads environmental programs for Bloomberg Philanthropies. Aggarwala holds a PhD in American History from Columbia.

Peter Clementprofessor of professional practice, will be CIA officer in residence at SIPA for two years. He comes to SIPA from the CIA’s Directorate of Intelligence, where he just completed an eight-year tour as deputy director for intelligence for analytic programs. Clement previously held a number of senior analytic and management positions, including director of the Office of Russian and Eurasian Analysis and issue manager for Russia. He has taught Russian history and politics at the college level for several years and published some 10 journal articles and book chapters on Soviet and Russian foreign policy, Central Asia, and the Cuban missile crisis.  Clement holds a PhD in Russian history from Michigan State University.

Research Scholars

David Sandalow is the inaugural fellow at the Center on Global Energy Policy and a senior research scholar at SIPA. He joined Columbia directly from his position as assistant secretary for policy and international affairs at the U.S. Department of Energy, where he helped oversee the department’s renewable energy, energy efficiency, fossil energy, nuclear energy, and electricity delivery programs and helped coordinate policy and manage international activities. In years past Sandalow was affiliated with the Brookings Institution and the Clinton Global Initiative, and held positions at the State Department, National Security Council, and World Wildlife Fund. He has written widely on energy and environmental policy. Sandalow has a JD from the University of Michigan and a BA from Yale.

Harry Silver is senior fellow in management and a senior research scholar (part-time).  He is a managing director with Goldman Sachs who served in 2012-13 as a senior advisor to and loaned executive with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. At DHS he suggested potential areas of improvement in public-private collaboration related to critical infrastructure and provided independent and critical assessments of policies, procedures, and tools impacting the private sector. During his time at Goldman, he led a number of global operational and risk management initiatives in the areas of investment banking, general (corporate) services, human capital management, and others. Silveralso held senior positions in the private sector at an Internet startup, in finance, and in consulting. He holds an MBA from Columbia Business School.

Adjunct Faculty

Harsha Singhadjunct professor, has worked for more than three decades on policies relating to international trade, development, infrastructure regulation, and global governance. He has served as deputy director general of the World Trade Organization since October 2005. Singh played a pivotal role in reforming the Indian telecom sector—first as the inaugural economic advisor to the national Telecom Regulatory Authority and later as its secretary. From 1985 to 1997, he worked in the GATT/WTO Secretariat on economic research, trade policy reviews, contingent protection, trade and environment, technical barriers to trade, and the director general's cabinet. He has been member of high-level policy committees, chair of WTO dispute settlement panels, and visiting faculty at research institutes on international trade and regulation. A Rhodes scholar, Singh earned a PhD in economics from Oxford University.