The MAIDP students and Obama Foundation Scholars come from diverse backgrounds, with multiple worldviews, and have demonstrated a real impact in policy areas ranging from anti-terrorism to public health to childhood education to climate. They hail from more than 20 countries, including Afghanistan, Brazil, Colombia, Ghana, Uganda, and Vietnam.


MAIDP at a Glance


Chris Blattman

Ramalee E. Pearson Professor of Global Conflict Studies

Christopher Blattman

As a faculty member in The Pearson Institute for the Study and Resolution of Global Conflicts, Christopher Blattman is helping the Institute pursue its global mission by focusing on some of the biggest social challenges in Africa and Latin America: conflict, crime, and state building.