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Phyllis R. Pomerantz, Professor of the Practice of Public Policy Studies, Duke Center for International Development  

Office Location: 258 Rubenstein Hall
Duke Box: 90237
Email Address: ppomeran@duke.edu

Areas of Expertise

  • International
    • International Development
    • Poverty

PhD, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University,Medford, MA, 1978
Executive Development Program, Harvard Business School, Boston, MA, 1998
MALD, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Medford, MA, 1976
M.A., Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Medford, MA, 1975
B.A., Tufts University, Medford, MA, 1974

Research Description: International development and aid effectiveness; poverty reduction; global programs; African economic development; leadership and governance in developing countries

Teaching (Fall 2015):   (typical courses)

  • Pubpol 723.01, Poverty reduct & intl fin inst Synopsis
    Sanford 102, TuTh 01:25 PM-02:40 PM
  • Pubpol 724.01, Politics of international aid Synopsis
    Sanford 150, TuTh 10:05 AM-11:20 AM

Office Hours:

Fall 2012:  Tuesdays and Thursdays:  2:45-4:00 pm and by appointment

Recent Publications   (More Publications)

  1. P.R. Pomerantz. Now's the time to lift the U.S. embargo on Cuba.  The Globe and Mail, Toronto (January 1, 2013).
  2. P.R. Pomerantz. ""Development Theory"." The Sage Handbook of Governance. Ed. Mark Bevir Sage, 2011: 160-178.
  3. P.R. Pomerantz. Book Review of Foreign Aid: Diplomacy, Development, Domestic Politics by Carol Lancaster.  Political Science Quarterly 122.3 (Fall, 2007): 518-519.
  4. P.R. Pomerantz. "A Little Luck and A Lot of Trust: Aid Relationships and Reform in Southern Africa." At the Frontlines of Development: Reflections from the World Bank. World Bank, April, 2005
  5. P.R. Pomerantz. Aid Effectiveness in Africa: Developing Trust Between Donors and Governments. Lexington Books, December, 2004.

Phyllis Pomerantz is Professor of the Practice of Public Policy at the Center for International Development at the Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University, where she teaches graduate seminars on themes related to aid effectiveness,global poverty reduction,leadership, governance and global public goods/programs.

Pomerantz started working for the World Bank in 1979 as an economist and rural development specialist in the Latin America and Caribbean region. She subsequently held a series of managerial positions, including Chief of Brazil Agriculture (1989-1992), Chief of Infrastructure Operations in Southern Africa (1992-1994), and Country Manager and Country Director of Zambia and Mozambique (1994-2000). Pomerantz became the World Bank’s first Chief Learning Officer in 2001, a position she held until September 2005 when she retired.

Prior to joining the World Bank, Pomerantz served as an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Hartwick College, a lecturer at Tufts University and a Research Associate at the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru. While at the World Bank, she was an Adjunct Professor at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).

Pomerantz holds an M.A. in International Relations, an MALD.(International Development) and a Ph.D. in International Relations/International Development from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. She also attended Harvard Business School’s Executive Development Program. She is fluent in English, Spanish, and Portuguese, and she has worked in over 20 countries around the world.

Her current research interests are centered on aid effectiveness, governance, and global public goods and programs. Recent publications include "Development Theory" in The Sage Handbook on Governance, Mark Bevir (ed) (London: Sage, 2011);">Aid Effectiveness in Africa: Developing Trust Between Donors and Governments (Lexington Books, 2004) and “A Little Luck and A Lot of Trust: Aid Relationships and Reform in Southern Africa” in At the Frontlines of Development: Reflections from the World Bank (World Bank, 2005).

Phyllis R. Pomerantz