Meet the Team

Faculty Staff


Bradley Parks E-mail

Bradley Parks is Co-Executive Director of AidData, Research Faculty at the College of William and Mary's Institute for the Theory and Practice of International Relations. Previously, Brad served as an Associate Director of Development Policy at the Millennium Challenge Corporation. He has written and contributed to several books and articles on international political economy, global environmental politics, and the allocation and efficacy of foreign assistance. He holds a PhD in International Relations and an MSc in Development Management from the London School of Economics and Political Science as well as a BA in International Relations for the College of William and Mary. 


Vijaya Ramanchandra E-mail

Vijaya Ramachandran is a senior fellow at the Center for Global Development. She works on a several issues including donor accountability, private sector development, and development interventions in fragile states. Most recently, she contributed an essay on Africa's private sector to the first edition of the Oxford Companion to the Economics of Africa, and coauthored a CGD report on Supporting Business Growth in Fragile States. She is currently working on book on donor and NGO accountability in Haiti. Prior to joining CGD, Ramachandran taught at Georgetown University and also worked at the World Bank and in the Executive Office of the Secretary-General of the United Nations. Her work has appeared in several media outlets including the Financial Times, Guardian, Washington Post, Voice of America, and the Huffington Post. Vijaya earned her BA magna cum laude, MA and PhD in Business Economics from Harvard University.


Austin Strange E-mail

Austin M. Strange is a Research Associate at AidData, where he helped co-create the Tracking Chinese Development Finance initiative. Currently he is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Goverment at Harvard University. Previously he attended Zhejiang University (M.S.), Peking University, Tsinghua University, and The College of William & Mary (B.A.), and was formerly a researcher at the U.S. Naval War College's China Maritime Studies Institute.


Andreas Fuchs E-mail

Andreas Fuchs is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance at Princeton University. He is currently on leave from the Chair of International and Development Politics at Heidelberg University. Having pursued his Ph.D. studies in Goettingen, Princeton and Heidelberg, he defended his Ph.D. in Economics at University of Goettingen in 2012. His research analyzes aid allocation behavior of emerging donors and how political tensions shape trade with China and India.


Roland Hodler E-mail

Roland Hodler is Professor of Economics and Director of SIAW at the University of St.Gallen, External Research Associate at the Oxford Centre for Analysis of Resource Rich Economies, and CESifo Research Network Fellow. He received his PhD from the University of Bern in 2004. His main research interests are in development economics and political economics. His research has been published in academic journals such as the Quarterly Journal of Economic, European Economic Review, Games and Economic Behavior, Journal of Development Economics, and Journal of Public Economics.


Michael Tierney E-mail

Michael Tierney is Director of International Relations andAssociate Professor of Government at the College of William and Mary. He received his Ph.D. from the University of California, San Diego in 2003. His interests include international organizations, international relations theory, political economy of development and institutions, and foreign aid. He has written numerous articles and book chapters applying agency theory to cases in international relations.


Axel Dreher E-mail

Axel Dreher is professor of International and Development Politics at Heidelberg University. He received his Ph.D. in Economics in 2003 from the University of Mannheim, Germany, and has published in journals like the International Economic ReviewJournal of Development EconomicsInternational Organization and the Journal of International Economics. He is Editor of the Review of International Organizations and author of the KOF Index of Globalization. Most of his current research is on political economy and economic development.


Charles Perla E-mail

Charles Perla previously served as an AidData Project Manager at W&M's Institute for Theory and Practice of International Relations. He oversaw AidData's Tracking Under-reported Financial Flows program and assists with grant writing, blogging, and outreach to the research community. As an undergraduate, Charles worked as an AidData research assistant. He holds a BA in International Relations from the College of William and Mary.


Brian O'Donnell E-mail

Brian O'Donnell previously served as an AidData Project Manager at W&M's Institute for Theory and Practice of International Relations. He oversaw the creation of the 1.0 version of AidData's Tracking Chinese Official Finance to Africa database. Brian holds a BA in Government and Literary and Cultural Studies from the College of William and Mary and is getting a Masters in Public Policy at the University of Austin Texas. 


Daniel Gamboa E-mail

Daniel Gamboa previously served as a Visiting Research Associate at AidData. His responsibilities included research and collaboration with emerging development partners. Daniel holds a BA in international relations from Fray Bartolome de las Casas University, and an MA in international development cooperation from Instituto Mora in Mexico.


Robert Mosolgo E-mail

Robert Mosolgo previously served as an AidData Project Manager at W&M's Institute for Theory and Practice of International Relations. His responsibilities include data acquisition, integration, quality assurance, and management. He also oversees AidData-related software development and acts as the technical liaison between the participating university research teams and the software development teams at Development Gateway. Robert received his BA in East Asian Studies from the College of William and Mary.


Paul Raschky E-mail

Paul is Associate Professor at the Department of Economics at Monash University. His research interests are in the fields of political economy, environmental economics, and development economics. His research has been published or is forthcoming in, among others, the Quarterly Journal of EconomicsJournal of Public EconomicsJournal of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists.


Harsh Desai E-mail

Harsh Desai is currently an AidData Junior Project Manager at W&M's Institute for Theory and Practice of International Relations. He oversees AidData's Tracking Underreported Financial Flows (TUFF) team and non-DAC team, and assists with research and outreach. He holds a B.A. in Political Science and Philosophy from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. 


Pranay Sinha E-mail

Pranay Sinha previously served as a Non-DAC Manager and Research Fellow at AidData. Pranay’s role was to ensure the successful execution of AidData’s Tracking Under-reported Financial Flows and Official Data Collection Initiatives and applied development research projects related to Non DAC providers of development finance. Pranay holds an MS in Aid Management from the University of Birmingham, UK and is currently pursuing a doctoral degree from the same University.

Research Assistants


Yining Chen


Catherine Crowley
International Relations/Economics


Torey Beth Jackson
Government/Middle Eastern Studies


Jiaorui Jiang


Faith Savaiano
International Relations/Economics


Sue Su


Darice Xue
International Relations/MPP


Tianze Ye
Applied Statistics