Dr. Bradley Parks

Executive Director of AidData research lab, The College of William & Mary


Dr. Bradley Parks is the Executive Director of AidData (https://www.aiddata.org/), a research lab at William & 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. His research on Chinese development finance has been published in academic and policy journals, including World Development, the Journal of Development Economics, the Journal of Development Studies, American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, the Journal of Conflict Resolution, International Studies Quarterly, the National Interest, China Economic Quarterly, and 统计与决策. Dr. Parks is currently writing a book for Cambridge University Press on China’s overseas development program. 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 an M.Sc. in Development Management from the London School of Economics and Political Science.