Economist Pascaline Dupas named director of the Stanford King Center on Global Development

Pascaline Dupas
Pascaline Dupas

PASCALINE DUPAS, a development economist whose scholarship focuses on policies aimed at reducing global poverty, has been named director of the Stanford King Center on Global Development. She succeeds GRANT MILLER, professor of medicine, who will be stepping down as director this summer.

Dupas, a professor of economics and a senior fellow at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR) and at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI), will take the center’s helm on Sept. 1, 2020, after a quarter as faculty-in-residence for the Bing Overseas Studies Program in Cape Town, South Africa, and a research sabbatical in the coming academic year. JESSICA LEINO, a research scholar and the center’s deputy director, will serve as interim director beginning Sept. 1, 2019.

Under Miller’s leadership since 2014, the center was forged as a joint venture between SIEPR and the Stanford Institute for Innovation in Developing Economies (Stanford Seed). He also worked to expand the center’s academic community by incorporating faculty and students from all of Stanford’s seven schools to concentrate strengths on addressing the challenges of global development.

Dupas, a 2019 recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship who was named the Best French Economist four years ago by Le Monde, focuses her research on identifying scalable programs and policies to improve the well-being of low-income households in low-income countries. She has conducted experiments throughout Africa to determine how best to price, target and distribute essential health products, measuring the most effective ways to curb malaria, teenage pregnancy and HIV infection.

Read more on the King Center website.