Next Generation of Scholars
Read about emerging scholars the King Center supports, including undergraduate and PhD students and predoctoral and postdoctoral fellows.
Keeping an eye on an island nation’s marine life
King Center support helped advance Bianca Santos’s research in Palau, where she is studying the impacts of climate change on small-scale fisheries.
March 27, 2023
Testing the winds
Anna-Katharina von Krauland’s research on potential wind farm development in the US and India could help ease the transition to renewable energy.
March 06, 2023
Measuring the impact of remittances
King Center PhD funding recipient Kimberly Higuera’s research explores how the social status of immigrants is impacted by their decision to send money to relatives in Mexico.
January 13, 2023
Q&A with King Center Postdoctoral Fellow Jeremy Bowles
Bowles discusses his research on electoral accountability, voter mobilization, and state capacity.
November 28, 2022
King Center fellowship recipient Pablo Seward Delaporte studies the tension between migrants in northern Chile and the government’s plans to resettle them.
October 24, 2022
Examining the marginalization of Muslims in India
King Center Graduate Student Research Funding recipient Feyaad Allie’s work uses both qualitative and quantitative data.
September 26, 2022
Researcher takes aim at discrimination and intimate partner violence
Research funding recipient Nina Buchmann is leading ground-breaking work to study and reduce discrimination and domestic violence in Bangladesh.
September 12, 2022
Q&A with King Center Postdoctoral Fellow Yoshika Crider
Crider discusses her research on WASH interventions in Bangladesh and Kenya, as well as her time spent at the King Center.
August 08, 2022
Assessing social change in African countries
King Center graduate student research fellow Nicholas Lyon has studied urbanization in Uganda and Kenya and attitudes about LGBTQ+ rights.
July 25, 2022
Q&A with King Center Postdoctoral Fellow Marie Christelle Mabeu
Mabeu discusses her research on the relationship between colonial history, gender equity, and reproductive health across Africa.
July 11, 2022
Seeking to ease conflicts linked to climate change
King Center graduate student fellowship recipient Garrett Albistegui Adler, ’18, MA ’22, PhD is exploring the factors that might influence how people respond to climactic shocks.
June 29, 2022
Stanford undergrad examines efforts to make classrooms in Guatemala more welcoming to traditionally marginalized groups
What does it mean to make a school inclusive?
June 16, 2022
King Center Predoctoral Research Fellow seeks to make an impact
Christlee Doris Elmera, who works on a King Center initiative to reduce lead exposure, is drawn to the practical nature of research.
May 17, 2022
Stanford undergraduate student studies how social groups motivate political participation in India
Which women become politicians and does women’s electoral representation lead to changes in policy outcomes?
April 11, 2022
Q&A with King Center Postdoctoral Fellow Augustin Bergeron
Bergeron discusses his research on tax collection and social ties in the Democratic Republic of Congo, as well as his time spent at the King Center.
January 27, 2022
King Center graduate student researchers pause, then persist in the face of COVID-19 pandemic
Students transition to remote technologies to pursue their inquiries as the pandemic and other global crises continue.
December 01, 2021
Putting machine learning to work for development
A team of researchers have created a machine-learning tool to encourage the development of new ways to measure progress on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.
November 08, 2021
Escaping extreme poverty
Stanford environmental engineer Christine Pu discusses how infrastructure investments and policies can alleviate poverty and build resilience against climate change.
October 27, 2021
Stanford undergraduates contribute to research on COVID-19, HIV, and infant health
As part of the Academic Year Part-Time Research Assistant Program, Keona Blanks, ’24, and Sophia Nesamoney, ’23, conducted research with Stanford Professor Gary Darmstadt.
October 21, 2021
Predoctoral fellowships expand access to global development research
The King Center’s new Predoctoral Research Fellows Program recruits candidates from low- or middle-income countries.
September 24, 2021
Breaking down barriers to women’s employment
King Center Postdoctoral Fellow Madeline McKelway studied how an intervention designed to increase women’s self confidence in rural India affected their likelihood of employment.
July 21, 2021
Market power and in-kind transfers: Evidence from Mexico
In settings with market power, providing goods directly can generate larger consumer surplus gains than cash and vouchers because of price effects.
July 12, 2021
PhD student Nano Barahona and a team of researchers investigated the impact of a national food labeling law in Chile.
June 29, 2021
Working to secure a food staple
Tianmei Wang is exploring how climate change will affect rice farming, including through the use of remote sensing technology.
June 29, 2021
Addressing pollution brick by brick
King Center Fellow Nina R. Brooks, PhD ’20, is part of a team of Stanford researchers exploring how to reduce pollution from brick kilns in Bangladesh.
March 10, 2021
Q&A with economics PhD candidate Cauê Dobbin
Cauê Dobbin, a PhD candidate in economics at Stanford, answers questions about his research on the economics of Brazil's higher education sector.
February 12, 2021
Stanford researchers and others reveal pervasive health threats of unregulated battery recycling
A remediation and public education effort at an abandoned battery recycling facility in Bangladesh eliminated most lead soil contamination.
January 14, 2021
Engineering entrepreneurial success in emerging economies
Through a King Center student program, undergrads Arianna Togelang and Alexander Ke worked alongside Faculty Affiliate Professor Charles Eesley.
October 29, 2020
As an undergraduate research assistant for the King Center, Ella Tessier-Lavigne worked in Stanford Biology Professor Erin Mordecai’s infectious disease lab.
October 19, 2020
Why econ: Development
Curious about what draws someone to study development economics? Or how economics connects to a wide range of policy issues? Our affiliated students share why econ matters to them.
October 06, 2020
Chasing the cause of chronic kidney disease
Two undergraduate students are assisting Stanford Assistant Professor of Medicine Shuchi Anand’s research on kidney disease in Sri Lanka.
September 24, 2020
A cultural approach to development
Catherine Thomas, a PhD candidate in social psychology and King Center research funding recipient, traveled to Niger to help facilitate community discussions.
July 27, 2020
Stanford researcher finds lead in South Asian turmeric and jumpstarts a bigger movement
Researchers part of the King Center initiative focused on lead poisoning have shown that turmeric is a key contributor to heightened blood-lead levels.
July 15, 2020
Center affiliates help launch Stanford Human Trafficking Data Lab
A new multidisciplinary initiative convenes researchers across Stanford's campus and in Brazil to secure localized, high-quality data to fight human trafficking.
July 08, 2020
Postdoctoral fellow Brandon de la Cuesta on using data for sustainable development and what's next for him at Stanford
In a Q&A, Brandon de la Cuesta reflects on his time spent at the King Center as a 2019 - 2020 postdoctoral fellow, as well as his research on resource-revenue accountability.
June 18, 2020
Postdoctoral fellow Sara Lowes reflects on her research in the Democratic Republic of Congo
In a Q&A, Sara Lowes reflects on her time spent at the King Center as a 2019 - 2020 postdoctoral fellow and her research in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
June 03, 2020
How local governance undermines democracy in Lebanon
With support from the King Center, Stanford PhD candidate Christiana Parreira studies how municipal governments function—or not—in Lebanon.
May 26, 2020
Stanford undergraduate students gain vital experience working in Indian non-profits
In summer 2019, four Stanford undergraduate students worked with local non-profit organizations in India through King Center-supported programs.
February 27, 2020
Stanford students learn about geospatial innovations and potential ramifications at King Center
In far reaching corners of the world, especially low- and middle-income countries, how can organizations gather and process information?
February 12, 2020
Stanford undergraduate students conduct research on freedom of expression laws in Indonesia
Melodie Liu and Alisha Zhao spent the summer in Jakarta, Indonesia, as Summer Undergraduate Field Research Assistants working with a local NGO.
December 17, 2019
Q&A with Stanford PhD student and McKinnon Fellowship Recipient, Levi Boxell
During summer 2019, Stanford economics PhD student Levi Boxell traveled to Ghana with support from the King Center.
November 08, 2019
Clean water for health in Uganda: Glimpses of home
Part four in a series of a stories by students working in Uganda as part of the King Center's Summer Undergraduate Field Research Assistant Program.
October 17, 2019
Stanford students experience small- and large- scale entrepreneurship in Mexico City on their Journey of Inquiry
Stanford students Micheal Brown and Kayley Miller recount their experiences on a Journey of Inquiry to Mexico City.
October 16, 2019
Stanford graduate students share new mechanism for reducing negative health impacts in the Senegal River basin with local officials
River development interventions impact multiple facets of river systems including food production, water availability, and public health outcomes, often in unanticipated ways.
October 09, 2019
Clean water for health in Uganda: Preventing disease in a refugee settlement
Part three in a series of a stories by students working in Uganda as part of the King Center's Summer Undergraduate Field Research Assistant Program.
October 03, 2019
Clean water for health in Uganda: Taking initiative and finding a solution
Part two in a series of a stories by students working in Uganda as part of the King Center's Summer Undergraduate Field Research Assistant Program.
September 26, 2019
Stanford researchers find lead in turmeric
Some spice processors in Bangladesh use an industrial lead chromate pigment to imbue turmeric with a bright yellow color prized for curries and other traditional dishes.
September 24, 2019
Clean water for health in Uganda: Seeking answers to my childhood questions
Part one in a series of a stories by students working in Uganda as part of the King Center's Summer Undergraduate Field Research Assistant Program.
September 19, 2019
Retail modernization in emerging markets: Strengthening the retail backbone of the economy
As economies become more digitally enabled, Stanford researchers seek to better connect and strengthen the millions of small retailers in an emerging market.
September 04, 2019
Mechanical engineering graduate students create a hub for economic development research at Stanford
The newly formed interdisciplinary, King Center-supported student group meetings on topics relevant for economic development in Africa.
August 06, 2019
Q&A with Meredith Startz, the first postdoctoral fellow at the King Center on Global Development.
Meredith Startz is the inaugural postdoctoral fellow at the King Center. In a Q&A with the Center, she shares some of her research experience.
March 19, 2019
Stanford students undertake field research in Senegal to combat schistosomiasis
Two Stanford seniors spent the summer in Senegal researching the disease schistosomiasis with Faculty Affiliate Giulio De Leo.
October 29, 2018
Graduate student grant recipient measures impact of piped water
Graduate student James Winter is measuring how transitioning to a high-quality source of water piped directly to a household’s yard can impact household economic activity.
August 01, 2018
Stanford students take a Journey of Inquiry to learn about India’s corporate governance
Stanford students Jacqueline Wibowo and Sana Gujral talk about their recent whirlwind trip to India where they learned about the country's corporate governance.
May 07, 2018
Sebastián Otero examines the effects of increasingly privatized higher education
Stanford graduate student Sebastián Otero examines the effects of widespread privatization of higher education in Latin America.
April 23, 2018
Students in a new Stanford course use machine learning technology to provide new insights on key development challenges
The new Stanford course Data for Sustainable Development introduces students to new methods of using machine learning and satellite technology.
February 28, 2018
Stanford students find challenges and rewards while doing field research for center Faculty Affiliates
Many Stanford undergraduates travel during their summer vacations, but for some, their travels are more about work than leisure.
November 20, 2017
Can North African urban policy keep up with a rising population?
Caroline Abadeer, a Stanford graduate student in political science, examines urban housing policy in North Africa.
September 21, 2017
Looking at rural debt through the eyes of India's farmers
In the paddy fields of rural India, a Stanford researcher explores why so many farmers are trapped in debt and highlights a clear need for crop insurance.
September 01, 2017
Stanford students navigate the challenges of fieldwork
Stanford graduate students Eduardo Laguna and Christina Kent confronted the difficulties of fieldwork in a developing country.
August 20, 2017