Chris Blattman is the Ramalee E. Pearson Professor of Global Conflict Studies at The University of Chicago, in the Harris School of Public Policy, as well as a research associate at NBER. The questions he is most passionate about: Why are some societies poor, violent and unequal? What leads people into poverty, violence, and crime? What events and interventions lead them out? He mainly studies these questions in Africa, through field study, surveys, natural experiments, and field experiments.
Chris has been at the University of Chicago since 2016. Before that, he was an Associate Professor of International Affairs and Political Science at Columbia University, and an Assistant Professor of Political Science and Economics at Yale. He has a PhD in Economics from UC Berkeley, a MPA/ID from Harvard’s Kennedy School, and a BA in Economics from the University of Waterloo.