Policy Experts Help Broaden SIPA Offerings

Photograph: Shubham Chaudhuri
Photograph: David Leonard Downie
Photograph: David D. Gow
Photograph: Merit Janow

As part of an ongoing effort to combine academic and practical studies, the School of International and Public Affairs recently added four members to the instructional staff of its international affairs program. They are Shubham Chaudhuri, David Leonard Downie, David D. Gow and Merit Janow.

"Being a professional school in the arts and sciences and being located in New York City provides the School of International and Public Affairs with the opportunity of combining a first rate social science-based instructional program with practitioner skills and experiences," said Dean John R. Ruggie.

"Other policy schools typically recruit faculty who are on a middle ground somewhere between academic disciplines and the policy world. We are able to recruit the very best from both," Ruggie added.

Shubham Chaudhuri has been appointed as an assistant professor of economics and international relations, and director of the Economic and Political Development Program. Chaudhuri, a native of India, is a graduate of Harvard (B.A.) and Princeton (Ph.D.)

Chaudhuri has taught economics at Princeton, and has served as a consultant to the Poverty and Public Policy Division of the World Bank. Chaudhuri's teaching and research interests include economic development, industrial organization and applied microeconomics. His publications include "How Well do Static Welfare Indicators Identify the Chronically Poor," which appeared in the Journal of Public Economics in March 1994. He is teaching a course on cost-benefit analysis.

David Leonard Downie, a graduate of Duke (B.A.) and North Carolina, Chapel Hill (Ph.D), has been appointed assistant professor of political science and international affairs, and co-director of the Program in Environmental Policy Studies.

Downie is the author of Comparative Public Policy of Ozone Layer Protection. He consults frequently for the United Nations Environment Program.

He is teaching a course on the international politics of environment, which examines specific environmental issues on the international policy agenda, such as ozone depletion, climate change, ocean pollution and population.

David D. Gow has been appointed development practitioner-in-residence. Gow is a graduate of University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Aberdeen in Scotland, where he obtained degrees in Ibero-American Studies (M.A.) and Development Studies (Ph.D).

Gow has served as a consultant to the World Bank, where he participated in projects relating to decentralization and regional development in Mexico and environmental strategy in Uganda.

He has also participated in projects relating to natural resource and environmental management in Africa (World Resources Institute), and forestry (Food and Agriculture Organization of the U.N.).

Gow is teaching an applied workshop on project management for economic and political development, which examines issues surrounding the management of development projects in the third world.

Merit Janow has been appointed professor in the practice of international trade policy, having previously served as Deputy Assistant U.S. Trade Representative. Janow is an economic expert on Southeast Asia. Her responsibilities at U.S.T.R. included the development, coordination and implementation of U.S. trade policy and negotiating strategy toward Japan and the People's Republic of China.

Janow also served as an associate with the law firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, and as a member of the professional staff of the Hudson Institute in Tokyo. She is teaching foreign economic and trade policy this fall, focusing on U.S. economic and trade policy institutions and agreements, including multilateral, bilateral and regional initiatives.

Columbia University Record -- October 28, 1994 -- Vol. 20, No. 8