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Brookings Institution Senior Fellow and College Park Professor, University of Maryland

Carol Graham is College Park Professor in the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland, Leo Pasvolsky Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution and Research Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in Bonn, Germany. She served on a National Academy of Sciences panel on well-being metrics for policy in 2012-13, and received a research scholar of the year award from International Society of Quality of Life Studies for 2014. From 2002-2004, she served as a Vice President at Brookings. She has also served as Special Advisor to the Vice President of the Inter-American Development Bank, as a Visiting Fellow in the Office of the Chief Economist of the World Bank, and as a consultant to the International Monetary Fund and the Harvard Institute for International Development. She is the author of numerous books and articles. Her most recent books are: The Pursuit of Happiness: Toward an Economy of Well-Being (Brookings, 2011), also published in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean; and Happiness around the World: the Paradox of Happy Peasants and Miserable Millionaires (Oxford University Press, 2010), also published in Chinese and Portuguese. She has published articles in a range of journals including the World Bank Research Observer; Health Affairs, Health Economics, the Journal of Socio-Economics; the Journal of Development Studies; World Economics; the Journal of Human Development; and Foreign Affairs; and her work has been reviewed in Science, the New Yorker, and the New York Times, among others. She is an Associate Editor at the Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization. She has an A.B. from Princeton University, an M.A. from Johns Hopkins, a D.Phil from Oxford University, and is the mother of three children.


  • 2008–present
    College Park Professor, University of Maryland
  • 2008–present
    Leo Pasvolsky Senior Fellow, The Brookings Institution


  • 1989 
    Oxford University, PhD
  • 1986 
    Johns Hopkins University, SAIS, MA
  • 1984 
    Princeton University, AB, Magna cum laude

Grants and Contracts

  • 2000
    Research Support
    Funding Source:
    Tinker, Hewlett, and other foundations
  • 1998
    International Affairs Fellowship
    Funding Source:
    Council on Foreign Relations
  • 1988
    Research and Writing Award
    Funding Source:
    MacArthur Foundation


International Society of Quality of Life Studies, Research Award for Substantial Contribution, 2014