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Dr. Brigitte Seim is a joint faculty member with the Curriculum in Global Studies and the Department of Public Policy. In Global Studies, she teaches two courses in the MA Program: a research methods course and a global economy course. Dr. Seim’s research focuses on the political economy of development, specifically looking at accountability in the consolidation of African democracies. Much of this work takes the form of studying corruption, the politicization of foreign aid, and bias in public goods provision.

Dr. Seim earned her undergraduate degree in Public Policy from Stanford University and then went on to work at a management consulting firm for two years, followed by two years of consulting research work at a nonprofit. The nonprofit, Goods for Good focused on development work with orphans and vulnerable children in Malawi. Her experience there led Dr. Seim to pursue her PhD in Political Science at the University of California, San Diego. After earning her degree, she worked as a post-doc for the Varieties of Democracy project at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. In 2015, Dr. Seim came to UNC and began her current position with Public Policy and Global Studies.

Recently, Dr. Seim completed a project with the Zambian government which looked at taxation in the informal sector through a partnership with the International Growth Centre. One of Dr. Seim’s projects in Malawi also recently received a grant from the World Bank’s Strategic Impact Evaluation Fund (SIEF). This project looks at theft of medications, with the aim of conducting an intervention designed to reduce theft through cooperation with a technology partner to track shipments of medications. Dr. Seim continues to work with Varieties of Democracy as a project manager focusing on measurement and validation of data. One current project with the organization involves a partnership with Facebook to look at the politicization of social media. Another one of Dr. Seim’s projects associated with Varieties of Democracy recently received funding from USAID and is being managed by UNC to do commissioned reports for USAID’s Democracy, Human Rights and Governance Unit. These undertakings reveal just a few of her many projects and reflect Dr. Seim’s enthusiasm for research and her breadth of experience. Dr. Seim enjoys involving students in her research and encourages both students and faculty to reach out if any of her projects strike them as interesting.

Congratulations, Dr. Seim on your recent grants from the World Bank and USAID, and thank you for all of the work you do with Global Studies!