Brian Levy has been Professor of the Practice of International Development at the School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University, USA since 2012. From 2012-2019,, he was the founding Academic Director of the Nelson Mandela School of Public Governance at the University of Cape Town. He worked at the World Bank from 1989-2012, including (from 2007-2010) as head of the Bank’s Governance and Anti-Corruption Secretariat. Between 1999 and 2003 he led the World Bank unit responsible for public sector reform and capacity building across Africa. His books include Working with the Grain (Oxford University Press, 2014); as lead author and editor, The Politics and Governance of Basic Education: A Tale of Two South African Provinces (OUP, 2018); and (as co-author), Political Settlements and Development: Theory, Evidence, Implications (OUP, 2022). His current research, published in two papers by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (see HERE and HERE) focuses on interactions between inequality and polarization in South Africa and the USA. He completed his Ph.D in economics at Harvard University in 1983.
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