Shelby Carvalho

Shelby Carvalho

PhD Student in Government
SC

Following undergrad, I began my post-graduate career as a high school teacher in Texas and later spent several years working for the World Bank and UN Education Commission in South Africa, Ethiopia, and Washington, DC on topics related to education, gender, labor, and international aid. I've also worked as a Political Economy Analyst for UNHCR in Kenya and has consulted for numerous other international organizations. I'm currently an expert on education and migration with the Center for Global Development. These professional experiences coupled with her academic training shape my research interests and approach to studying the politics of education and development. My research fits into two broad strands of work. The first examines government service provision and resource allocation decisions with a focus on the education sector. The second focuses on the effects of government service provision on political participation, social cohesion, and economic outcomes for individuals and communities. I find the education sector an interesting area within which to situate this work because on one hand it is necessary for growth and development and has tangible long-term benefits to the state, while on the other hand it can serve a redistributive function often resulting in a unique and contested political space. I'm particularly interested in the politics of services and social policy for displaced and refugee populations who sometimes occupy grey areas of rights and responsibility and may alter the power and resource dynamics between international and domestic actors. I've done research all over the world and have supported students at HGSE, HKS, and in the college to pursue their own research. If you're interested in education, migration, international aid, or sub-Saharan Africa, please reach out!

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