Chris Blattman is the Ramalee E. Pearson Professor of Global Conflict Studies at The University of Chicago, in the Harris School of Public Policy, as well as a research associate at NBER. He studies why some people and societies are poor, violent and unequal, and what (if anything) aid or governments can do about it. He works principally in sub-Saharan Africa, especially Liberia, Uganda, and Ethiopia.
Chris received a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley in 2007 and a Master’s in Public Administration and International Development (MPA/ID) from the Harvard Kennedy School in 2002. He blogs about research and international development on his personal website and at The Washington Post’s Monkey Cage blog. Chris is a Co-Chair of J-PAL's Crime, Violence, & Conflict sector.