Bradley C. Parks

Executive Director

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Dr. Bradley Parks is the Executive Director of AidData at the College of William and Mary. He leads a team of 35 program evaluators, policy analysts, and media and communication professionals who work with governments and international organizations to improve the ways in which overseas investments are targeted, monitored, and evaluated.

Ph.D., International Relations, London School of Economics and Political Science

M.Sc. (Distinction), Development Management, Development Studies Institute, London School of Economics and Political Science

B.A. (Highest Honors), International Relations, College of William & Mary

Prior to joining AidData, Dr. Parks was part of the initial team that set up the U.S. Government’s Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC). He oversaw the MCC’s annual country selection process from 2005-2010, and as Acting Director of MCC Threshold Programs he managed the implementation of a $35 million anti-corruption and judicial reform project in Indonesia and a $21 million customs and tax reform project in the Philippines. He holds a Ph.D. in International Relations and M.Sc. in Development Management from the London School of Economics and Political Science. His research has been published in academic and policy journals, including Science, Governance, American Economic Journal, the Journal of Development Economics, World Development, the Journal of Conflict Resolution, the National Interest, and China Economic Quarterly. He is the author of three books, including Banking on Beijing: The Aims and Impacts of China’s Overseas Development Program (Cambridge University Press). Dr. Parks is also a Non-Resident Fellow at the Center for Global Development, where he works on issues related to the Belt and Road Initiative. He has served as a Principal Investigator on more than 30 policy research projects funded by USAID, the World Bank, the Gates Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the Hewlett Foundation, and the Smith Richardson Foundation.


Evidence-Based Policymaking, Impact Evaluation, Aid Targeting and Effectiveness, Chinese Development Finance