The University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy has appointed two new distinguished faculty members to join The Pearson Institute for the Study and Resolution of Global Conflicts when it launches on July 1.
Chris Blattman, who focuses on ways to reduce poverty and violence in developing countries, and Oeindrila Dube, a scholar of the political economy of conflict and development, have received inaugural named professorships at The Pearson Institute.
“We are delighted to welcome Chris and Oeindrila to Chicago Harris,” said Dean Daniel Diermeier. “Their outstanding work in conflict and international development will help The Pearson Institute in its work to fill a critical gap in identifying new strategies, rooted in innovative and data-driven research approaches, to address global conflict.”
Announced in the fall of 2015, The Pearson Institute, along with The Pearson Global Forum, will be the first research institute and annual global forum of their kind devoted solely to the study and resolution of global conflicts. They were made possible by a landmark $100 million gift from The Thomas L. Pearson and The Pearson Family Members Foundation, a gift equal in size to the second-largest gift in the University’s history.