Austin is a 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.