Adaugo Pamela Nwakanma is a PhD candidate in the Department of Government with a secondary field in the Department of African and African American Studies at Harvard University, as well as a Graduate Research Associate of the Weatherheard Center for International Affairs. Amongst other things, she researches issues on the political economy of development in various emerging economies with particular emphasis on the African context. Prior to her doctoral studies, Nwakanma worked as an Urban Education Fellow and Vice-HBO Translator in New York City. She received her B.A in International Studies-Economics from the University of California, San Diego in 2014.