Development Studies

Track Chairs

The Development Studies Nexus track gives students the analytical skills to understand the complexities of global poverty, inequality, and injustice and strategies that state and non-state actors have used to improve the well-being of the people. Through an interdisciplinary set of courses, devised in consultation with the Nexus track chair, students can explore the relationships among history, politics, economics and power that shape the conditions and choices that developing countries and marginalized people around the globe face. Ultimately, the track enables students to engage thoughtfully with the development endeavor and to imagine ways to promote social, economic, and environmental justice from the personal to the global scale.


Each student will choose a set of courses that relate to her particular interests in the field of development. The following courses are focused on development-related issues, but other courses could also count for the Nexus.  Interested students should consult with Professor Corson.


  • Africana Studies 243: Rural Prosperity African Past
  • Anthropology 216: Anthropology and Human Rights (offered annually)
  • Critical Social Thought 256: Rethinking (Under) Development
  • Economics 225: Health Economics
  • Environmental Studies 150: Introduction to the Histories and Theories of Development
  • Environmental Studies 210: Political Ecology (offered annually)
  • Environmental Studies 321: Special Topics in the Political Economy of the Environment: Food, Gender and Justice
  • Geography 105: World Regional Geography
  • Geography 208: Migrations, Diasporas, and Refugees (offered annually)
  • Geography 217: African Environments (offered annually, but not Fall 2013)
  • Geography 313: Third World Development (offered annually)
  • History 206: African Cities: Development Dreams and Nightmares (offered biennially)
  • History 214: History of Global Inequality (offered annually)
  • History 243: Rural Prosperity African Past
  • History 296-02: African Women: Food and Power (offered infrequently)


  • Anthropology 245: Global Health and Humanitarianism (offered biennially)
  • Economics 213: Economic Development
  • Economics 314: Economic Development in the Age of Globalization (offered annually)
  • Economics 225: Economics of Health and Health Care (offered annually, but not Spring 2014)
  • Environmental Studies 337: Environment and Development
  • Geography 202: Cities in a Global Context
  • Geography 312: Comparative Settler Colonialism: Land, the 'Logic of Elimination,' and Structures
  • Geography 319: Africa Problems and Prospects (offered annually)
  • Geography 325: Conflict and Displacement in Africa
  • History 290: Education and Capacity in African History (offered biennially)
  • History 206: Africana Cities: Development Dreams and Nightmares in the Twentieth Century
  • History 341: Power and Exchange in the African Past