Global Development Studies Committee

Monica DeHart, Professor of Anthropology

Monica DeHart is a cultural anthropologist whose work focuses on the intersection between development and identity politics in Central America. She is especially interested in the role that gender, class, race, and ethnic difference play in shaping people's identities and relations to/within transnational communities and development projects.  Prof. DeHart's current book project takes up the question of identity politics and development within a new era of trans-Pacific relations. Prof. DeHart's teaching interests include cultural anthropology, ethnographic methods, identity politics in Latin America, transnational migration, and transpacific relations between China and Latin America.


Nick Kontogeorgopoulos, Professor of International Political Economy and Director of Global Development Studies and Asian Studies

Nick Kontogeorgopoulos is interested on the relationship between tourism, environmental sustainability, and personal values.  He has conducted research in southern Thailand on the impact of ecotourism on community development, the spatial and temporal relationship between ecotourism and mass tourism, and motivational and behavioral differences between ecotourists and mass tourists.  He has also published research on the role of tourism in elephant conservation in northern Thailand, and the relationship between volunteer tourism and development in Thailand. His teaching interests include the political economy of international tourism, international development, and the political economy of Southeast Asia. 

Matt Warning, Professor of Economics

Matt Warning teaches economic development, international economics and econometrics. His current research concerns the economics of smallholder coffee production and project impact analysis. He has served as invited "stakeholder" commentator on the Starbucks Corporate Social Responsibility Report, as advisor to the University of Washington Burke Museum's exhibit Coffee: The World in Your Cup, and as consulting producer and content specialist for the PBS documentary Buyer Be Fair: The Promise of Product Certification concerning fair trade coffee and certified wood.