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Danielle Resnick

Dr. Danielle Resnick currently is a Senior Research Fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). In September 2021, she will be a Rubenstein Fellow at the Brookings Institution in the Global Economy and Development Program. She is a political scientist who focuses on the political economy of development. Key research areas include the impacts of public sector reforms on accountability and efficiency, drivers of agricultural policy volatility and reform, urban governance structures and their influence on service delivery, democratization and political participation, and foreign aid effectiveness.

She is the author of Urban poverty and party populism in African democracies (Cambridge University Press), co-editor of Democratic trajectories in Africa: Unravelling the impact of foreign aid (Oxford University Press), and co-editor of African youth and the persistence of marginalization: Employment, politics, and prospects for change (Routledge).

She has conducted fieldwork and policy outreach in many countries, including Botswana, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Malawi, Mozambique, Nepal, Nigeria, Senegal, and Zambia. Danielle received her Ph.D. in Government from Cornell University in 2010.


  • –present
    Senior Research Fellow, The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)