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International Affairs & Development

Economic development policy, foreign aid, democratic movements, global economic crisis, and adaptation to climate change are just a few of many topics in international affairs and development. Our research and teaching focuses on problems afflicting countries across the world, the institutional settings within which these problems arise, and the solutions offered by governments, NGOs, multinational organizations and the private sector. In addition to focusing on economic development and governance structures within countries, we also explore political and economic relations between countries. These and other important issues facing our world today are investigated with powerful tools from economics, political science, and other social sciences.

Faculty Members

Osita Afoaku

Clinical Professor

David B. Audretsch

Distinguished Professor, Ameritech Chair of Economic Development

Claudia N. Avellaneda

Associate Professor

Jennifer N. Brass

Assistant Professor

Sanya Carley

Associate Professor

Sameeksha Desai

Assistant Professor

Robert Kravchuk

Professor and Director, Master of Public Affairs (MPA) and Online MPA

Kerry Krutilla

Associate Professor

Daniel Preston

Clinical Assistant Professor

Susan Siena


Anh Tran

Assistant Professor

Lois R. Wise

Professor Emeritus

Faculty Research

Indiana University Faculty Contribute to Forecast of Global Trends

A new forecast from the U.S. intelligence community that incorporates analysis from several Indiana University professors paints a mixed view of the world in 2030.

Research: Need, convenience influence where NGOs locate in Kenya

Even if NGOs are operating in Nairobi or another city, they may not be reaching the poorest of the rural poor, but they can still be addressing real needs, because there are so many people who are poor," Brass said.

Corporations owned in corrupt nations more likely to evade taxes in the U.S., study says

The study compiles evidence of tax evasion from a confidential database of almost 25,000 corporate audits performed by the Internal Revenue Service between 1997 and 2006. It compares those results with corruption norms from Transparency International's widely used Corruption Perception Index.

For civic associations, effective leadership produces organizational success

Alexis de Tocqueville observed nearly 200 years ago that American civic associations served as "schools of democracy" where members learned the skills of citizenship. A recent study by Indiana University faculty member Matthew Baggetta and several colleagues suggests that such organizations are more effective if they embrace that Tocquevillian role.

Tiny animal will be used to diagnose environmental problems

Environmental scientists seeking new ways to sense and diagnose impending environmental and human health disasters.

Professor's new book examines interconnected systems

Professor Rafael Reuveny's research has recently been published in a new book, Democracy and Economic Openness in an Interconnected System, from Cambridge University Press.