Milena Novy-Marx

Milena Novy-Marx

Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science

Office Hours:

T 10-11pm


PhD, Princeton, 1999. International development, sustainable development, economics of development, international migration, women, gender and development, and political economy. Professor Novy-Marx's research and professional interests include sustainable development, international primary and secondary education, climate change policy, migration and development, evaluation of development interventions, including through randomized control trials, in Central America, Mexico, India, and Africa. She has worked as an Economist at the World Bank, at economic and management consulting firms, at the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and at The Mastercard Foundation where she developed programs on international migration, girls' secondary education in Africa and India, and sustainable development practice. She has served as Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations and was chosen an Emerging Leader by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. She has been awarded grants by the International Institute for Education (Fulbright scholar), NSF, IREX, and Yale University. Teaches courses in sustainable development, political economy of international migration, and women, gender and development.


"Improving pathways for girls and vulnerable youth through secondary education systems and into work: evidence and reflections from practice," Co-author with Mallory Baxter and Sophia D'Angelo, Development Policy Review, forthcoming.

"Scholars Program: Knowledge Synthesis," Mastercard Foundation, Toronto, July 2021.

Secondary Education in Africa: Preparing Youth for the Future of Work, Flagship Publication, Mastercard Foundation, Toronto, Co-author with Mallory Baxter, Kim Kerr and Rachel Marcus, August 2020.

"eLearning in Africa," Evaluation for Mastercard Foundation, July 2020.

Skills at Scale: Transferable Skills in Secondary and Vocational Education in Africa, Mastercard Foundation, Toronto, March 2017.

"Education in Support of Social Transformation: Learning from the First Five Years of the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program," Mastercard Foundation, Toronto, September 2016.

"Women's Transformative Leadership in Africa," Mastercard Foundation, Toronto, 2014.

"Women Farmers and Food Security," Expert Commentary, Chicago Council on Global Affairs, May 2012

"Creative Policies and Bold Leadership: Two Tools for Cities and States to Shape Immigration Debate," with Tony Davis, Jeanne Gang, and Thomas Levinson. Chapter in Moving Forward: The Immigration Debate and Chicago's Experience, Chicago Council on Global Affairs. October 2011

Competitiveness and Sustainable Economic Recovery in Thailand, Vol. I, The World Bank and The National Economic and Social Development Board, Thailand, 1998, (Joint Editor).

Forging Ahead: Privatization and Restructuring of Czech Steel Firms during the Transition to a Market Economy, Doctoral Dissertation, Princeton University, November 1998.

"International Actions to Combat Pollution in the Black Triangle," Working Paper, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, Laxenburg, Austria, 1996.

"Heavy Metal Pollution and Restructuring of the Iron and Steel Industry in Katowice, Poland," Working Paper, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, Laxenburg, Austria, 1996.

"Market Economies and Social Safety Nets," Institute for EastWest Studies, 1992.


• President, Board of Trustees 2021-2023, The Harley School, Trustee 2015 - present
• Board of Directors, Micro-Clinic 2020, Supporting maternal and child health in Kenya 2013 - 2019
• Member, Steering Group, Susan B. Anthony National House, 2013 - 2015
• Co-Chair, Global Association Board, Master's in Development Practice Global Network
• Council on Foreign Relations, Term Member, 2006 - 2010
• Member, Task Force on Immigration, Chicago Council on Global Affairs, 2006
• Board of Directors, African Economic Research Consortium, 2003 - 2007
• Board of Directors, Meedan, International NGO, 2008

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