Shelby Carvalho

Shelby Carvalho

PhD Candidate in Education
Shelby Carvalho

Shelby is an advanced doctoral candidate, Presidential Merit Fellow, and Fulbright recipient in Education. Her work focuses broadly on the political economy of education in low- and middle-income countries with a regional focus on sub-Saharan Africa, and on humanitarian and development finance and policy in situations of conflict and displacement. Outside of Harvard, Shelby is a senior policy analyst with the education team at the Center for Global Development. Shelby began her career in education as a teacher. Following her time in the classroom, she spent five years working with the World Bank’s Africa Gender Innovation Lab and Education Global Practice on projects throughout southern Africa, Ethiopia, and Mexico. She has also worked with the Education Commission as a lead researcher on secondary education finance and with the RISE (Research on Improving Systems of Education) program in Ethiopia contributing to research on the political economy of education reform. Shelby teaches a course on international aid to education at HGSE. She holds master’s degrees in Global Policy Studies from the UT Austin LBJ School of Public Affairs and in Education Policy from Harvard Graduate School of Education, and a BA in Government from The University of Texas.

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