Dr. Erin Hern Political Economy Assistant Professor
When I was a high school student, I took a trip to visit colleges. Another student on a tour said she wanted to major in “international politics,” and I remember thinking “What?? That’s an option??” Studying international relations as an undergrad led me to my first internship at an NGO in Uganda, where I got addicted to African politics. Since then, I’ve spent time in Zambia, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Botswana, South Africa, and Tanzania, studying political participation, economic development, foreign aid, and gender issues (and exploring!). I get really excited about talking to people about this amazing, difficult, breathtaking, fascinating part of the world!
I feel so lucky that I get to read, write, and teach topics that I find so endlessly interesting, but I also can’t sit in front of a computer all day. If I’m not in my office, you may be able to find me hiking, cycling, doing yoga, baking, cooking enormous amounts of vegetarian food, or doing aerial acrobatics. (If you haven’t ever been on a trapeze, do yourself a favor and try it now!)
For additional information on my research and teaching, please visit my website: http://erinhern.weebly.com/
- Ph.D., Political Science, Cornell University