When you join UChicago Harris, you are joining a global community. See what makes Harris a special place for international students.

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Faculty & Research

Faculty Impact

Coming from diverse sectors, perspectives, and backgrounds, Harris faculty investigate the world’s most complex problems and determine how policy interventions can help.

Our faculty come to UChicago from around the world and conduct research across the globe. 

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Anjalia Adukia

Anjalia Adukia, Assistant Professor

Anjali Adukia's research is focused on understanding factors that motivate and shape behavior, preferences, attitudes, and educational decision-making, with a particular focus on early-life influences. Adukia often works with non-governmental organizations internationally, such as UNICEF and Manav Sadhna in Gujarat, India.


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Maria Bautista

Maria Bautista, Assistant Professor

Maria Bautista’s research focuses on the political, economic and social consequences of state-led repression. She also studies the heterogeneous effects and the intergenerational consequences of repression. Her PhD dissertation studied the case of military dictatorship in Chile.


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Chris Blattman

Chris Blattman, Ramalee E. Pearson Professor of Global Conflict Studies

Chris Blattman focuses on why some people and societies are poor, unequal and violent, and how to tackle these issues in countries across the world including Columbia, the United States, and India.


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Fiona Burlig

Fiona Burlig, Assistant Professor

Fiona Burlig studies energy and environmental economics, with a focus on the developing world. Her recent research examines the impacts of rural electrification in India.



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Thomas Coleman

Thomas Coleman, Senior Lecturer

Thomas Coleman focuses on teaching students about financial markets and co-host a masters level research seminar on China Macro Policy.



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Oeliedra Dube

Oeliedra Dube, Philip K. Pearson Professor of Global Conflict Studies

Oeliedra Dube’s research focuses on the political economy of development. In recent work, she has examined how community involvement affected response to the Ebola epidemic in Sierra Leone.


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Koichiro Ito

Koichiro Ito, Associate Professor

Koichiro Ito's research interests lie at the intersection of environmental and energy economics, industrial organization, and public economics. 



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Amir Jina

Amir Jina, Assistant Professor

Amir Jina's research focuses on the role of the environment and environmental change in the shaping how societies develop in communities across the world including India, Bangladesh, Kenya, and Uganda.


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Luis Martinez

Luis Martinez, Assistant Professor

Luis Martinez's main research interest is in the empirical analysis of the political economy of development, with a particular focus on the functioning of democracy in Latin America.


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James Robinson

James Robinson, The Reverend Dr. Richard L. Pearson Professor of Global Conflict Studies

James Robinson's work explores the underlying relationship between poverty and the institutions of a society and how institutions emerge out of political conflicts. Robinson has a particular interest in Latin America and Sub-Saharan Africa.


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Austin Wright

Austin Wright, Assistant Professor

Austin Wright's research leverages microlevel data to study the political economy of conflict and crime in Afghanistan, Colombia, Indonesia, and Iraq.



Research Centers & Institutes

The research centers and institutes affiliated with Harris serve as catalysts for research and engagement with the policy community around the world, addressing today's global, interconnected challenges.

International Partnerships

Harris maintains several international partnerships with numerous organizations that serve as a foundation for research and engagement with the policy community around the world.

Learn more about our international partners and expand your global network at Harris!

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The Core

Through the core you will gain the tools to critically examine data, cut through biases and untested assumptions, analyze complex problems, and follow evidence wherever it leads.

The core curriculum draws on a variety of disciplines and fields, including economics, statistics, political science, and organizational theory, among others.

Explore the core curriculum and courses.


With our flexible curriculum, you can pursue certificates to specialize in particular policy areas and skills.

Popular certificates for international students include, but are not limited to:

Explore all certificates at Harris.

Practical Experiences

Through practical experiences in Chicago and around the globe, you can apply your analytical tools in a real-world policy context.

Practical experiences at Harris include:

  • Harris Policy Labs
  • Harris Practicum Courses
  • Research Assistantship
  • Internships
  • Policy Competitions


Harris requires all students in several full-time programs to complete a practical experience during their program of study. This requirement ensures that F-1 international students who need to begin the academic year from outside the U.S. remain eligible for Curricular Practical Training (CPT) beginning in the Summer Quarter after their first academic year.

Discover more about practical experiences and the program requirement.

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Alumni & Community

More than 180,000 University of Chicago and Harris alumni are living and working in every corner of the globe.

Read the profiles of the following Harris alumni and learn about how they are making an impact in their community:

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Meghana Chandra

Meghana Chandra (MPP’18)

A researcher and analyst in DC, Meghana Chandra credits Harris with boosting her quantitative skills and providing a welcoming and nurturing environment for her as an international student.


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Ana Gonzalez-Barrera

Ana Gonzalez-Barrera (MPP’08)

A senior researcher at the Pew Research Center, Ana Gonzalez-Barrera has spent most of her career studying immigration patterns and trends.


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Ibrahim Gabr

Ibrahim Gabr (MSCAPP’18)

A Specialist Solutions Architect in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning at Amazon Web Services (AWS), Ibrahim Gabr uses the tools he gained in the MSCAPP program to support AWS customers on a breadth of issues.


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Jay Yuan

Jay Yuan (MPP’16)

Jay Yuan is a structured-finance associate at China Merchants Bank in New York City, where he works to diversify the bank’s business line in a mature capital market and helps his clients adapt to the changing economic environment.


Jinghan Zhu
Jinghan Zhu

Jinghan Zhu (MA/MA’20)

Currently a Student Fellow at The Paulson Institute, Jinghan Zhu is preparing for PhD and civil service exams.




Harris Student Organizations

Harris student organizations (HSO) are a great way to make connections, put policy into practice, and develop your leadership skills. Most students join at least one of the more than 30 Harris student organizations.

Popular Harris student organizations among international students include, but are not limited to:

  • Asia Policy Forum
  • Latin America(n) Matters
  • South Asian Students Policy Association
  • Harris Student Government

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As an international student at the University of Chicago, you have numerous resources to assist you to achieve your professional goals.

Office of International Affairs

The Office of International Affairs (OIA) can assist international students when applying for the following opportunties:

Career Development Office

The Career Development Office can help you overcome the challenges in your search for an internship or employment within the US and internationally.

Explore Career Development Office resources for international students.

Career Outcomes Report

See how Harris prepares you for a range of in-demand jobs around the world.

Explore our Career Outcomes Report.

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