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Todd Graham Smith


Todd G. Smith has recently completed his Master of Public Affairs program at the LBJ School. He also holds a BA in political science from Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN and a JD from Emory University in Atlanta, GA. Todd’s primary policy interests are international sustainable development and poverty reduction, especially in Africa. He has worked in China and Ethiopia with the international humanitarian aid organization Médicins Sans Frontières / Doctors Without Borders. During the summer of 2008, Todd worked with Impumelelo Innovations Award Trust in Cape Town, South Africa where he authored the recently published tenth volume in Impumelelo’s Series of Best Practice, the second to focus on environmental programs. While pursuing his PhD, Todd will be working as a research assistant with the Strauss Center on the DoD Minerva grant to study “Climate Change, State Stability and Political Risk in Africa.” When not studying Todd can be found training for his next triathlon or availing himself of Austin’s many live music offerings.

Research Interests: Sustainable Development, Poverty Reduction, Natural Resource Management, Africa