Senior Program Manager
Austin is a Senior Program Manager within the Policy Analysis Unit. He manages a number of AidData's efforts to quantify China's public diplomacy and soft power overtures. Previously, he managed the Transparent Development Footprints program's efforts to create actionable policy insights on the development finance portfolios of the Gulf Cooperation Council countries. He has also worked with AidData’s Research and Evaluation Unit supporting geospatial impact evaluations in the Philippines, Timor Leste, Niger, and Malawi.
M.P.P., International Development Policy, College of William & Mary
B.A., Public Policy Leadership and Economics, University of Mississippi
Previously, Austin worked on a solar home system market research project for USAID's Scaling Off-grid Energy team and led a project in southern Kenya analyzing stakeholder attitudes regarding water usage on behalf of MAO Kenya. Austin holds an MPP with a focus on International Development Policy from The College of William & Mary, and a BA in Public Policy Leadership and Economics from the University of Mississippi.
Dashboard additions allow for deep dive into China’s influence toolkit in South and Central Asia
Newly available subnational data allows users to explore Beijing’s financial diplomacy at the province and district level, while detailed country profiles provide a bird’s-eye view.
Gates Forum Paper
Assessing U.S. Historical Strategic Communications: Priorities, Practices, and Lessons from the Cold War through the Present Day
Samantha Custer, Bryan Burgess, Austin Baehr, Emily Dumont
Corridors of Power: How Beijing uses economic, social, and network ties to exert influence along the Silk Road
Samantha Custer, Justin Schon, Ana Horigoshi, Divya Mathew, Bryan Burgess, Vera Choo, Amber Hutchinson, Austin Baehr, Kelsey Marshall