Bio

Welcome!

I’m a PhD candidate in Government (Political Science) at Harvard University studying Comparative Politics and Political Economy. My dissertation project focuses on the political economy of refugee inclusion in low- and middle-income countries.

My academic interests are shaped by more than a decade of professional experience in education and international development. It’s important to me that my research and teaching address real-world challenges. As a result, I often straddle academic and policy worlds. My areas of expertise include education, migration, gender, international aid and public finance, and labor markets.

At Harvard, I’m an affiliate of the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, the Institute for Quantitative Social Sciences, and the REACH Initiative. Externally, I’m an education expert with the Center for Global Development, a Fulbright recipient, an affiliate of the REAL Centre at Cambridge University, and a visiting scholar with J-PAL Africa. I teach a class at the Harvard Graduate School of Education on education finance in a global context. 

For more information on my research, professional experiences, and teaching, please visit my website: www.shelbycarvalho.com

Education:

PhD in Government, Harvard University (in progress)

Master of Education Policy, Harvard Graduate School of Education

Master of Global Policy Studies, UT Austin LBJ School of Public Affairs

BA in Government & Humanities (Honors), University of Texas at Austin