Deborah Bräutigam

Deborah Bräutigam, PhD

Bernard L. Schwartz Professor in International Political Economy
Professor of International Development and Comparative Politics
Director of International Development Program and China-Africa Research Initiative
International Development

BOB 733


  • Agricultural Policy, Trade and Commodities
  • Corruption and Transnational Crime
  • Developing Nations
  • Foreign Aid and American Foreign Policy
  • Foreign Aid and Global Poverty
  • Governance
  • Economics
  • Economic Development
  • Globalization
  • Oil Politics
  • Sustainable Development
  • Food Security
  • Newly Industrialized Countries
  • Privatization and Private Sector Development
  • Rural Development
  • International Debt
  • Nation-building and Democratization

Background and Education

Dr. Deborah Bräutigam is the Bernard L. Schwartz Professor of Political Economy, Director of the International Development Program, and Director of the China Africa Research Initiative at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). Her most recent books include The Dragon’s Gift: The Real Story of China in Africa (OUP, 2010) and Will Africa Feed China? (OUP, 2015). Before joining SAIS in 2012, she taught at Columbia University and American University. Dr. Bräutigam’s teaching and research focus on international development strategies, governance, and foreign aid. She has twice won the Fulbright research award and is a recipient of fellowships from the Council on Foreign Relations, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and research grants from the UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the UK Centre for Economic Policy and Research (CEPR). She has served as a consultant for Transparency International, the United Nations, the World Bank, DFID, GIZ, DANIDA, the African Development Bank, and USAID, and has provided commentary to the Financial Times, the New York Times, the Guardian, CNN, NPR, Al-Jazeera, VOA, CCTV, and MSNBC. Dr. Bräutigam has been a visiting scholar at the World Bank, a senior research fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), and advised more than a dozen governments on China-Africa relations. Her PhD is from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University.

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Fall 2016 
Serves as a top...
Serves as a topical introduction to development that seeks to integrate its economic, political and social dimensions. This course must be taken by all students concentrating in International Development during their first semester at SAIS, either in Washington or Bologna.