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Lauren Phillips

Lauren M. Phillips

Adjunct Professor of International Political Economy


Adjunct Professor of International Political Economy, SAIS Europe; Lead Advisor, Policy & Results, International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) Rome. Lauren Phillips is an international political economist specialized in development as well as finance; she has published on subjects related to Latin American financial markets and politics, US financialization and policy preferences, European sovereign borrowing and global governance. From 2008-2014 she was an Assistant Professor in the Department of International Relations at the London School of Economics; she currently leads a team focused on development results and strategy for a specialized agency of the United Nations and International Financial Institution (IFAD), where she has worked since 2015. She has also worked in finance, political risk and for a large NGO. Her undergraduate and master’s degrees are from Stanford University; her PhD is from the London School of Economics. She lives in Rome with her husband and two children and speaks Spanish, Portuguese and Italian fluently.



  • the Americas; United States


  • Development; Economics
  • Finance & Trade; International Relations; Risk


  • Italian;Spanish;Portuguese