Catherine Duggan is an Assistant Professor in the Business, Government and International Economy (BGIE) unit of Harvard Business School. Her research examines financial-sector regulation and contract enforcement in developing countries, with a focus on sub-Saharan Africa. Her current book project examines problems of lender malfeasance in developing credit markets, and argues that government-supervised group-based regulation has, historically, allowed governments to mitigate these problems at relatively low cost. A related project extends these insights to the regulation of modern microfinance, drawing on nearly two years of fieldwork in Uganda and more than 400 interviews with microfinance borrowers, loan officers, government officials, and other stakeholders. Duggan received her Ph.D. in Political Science from Stanford University, where she was the G.J. Lieberman Fellow for the Social Sciences. Prior to attending Stanford, she was an industry analyst for the telecommunications group at the law firm of Mayer, Brown & Platt (now Mayer Brown LLP) in Chicago, and received a B.A. with honors in Political Science from Brown University.

Ms. Duggan’s seminar meets tonight from 6-8pm and will focus on the role that leadership has played in what has been called “Africa’s growth tragedy,” evaluate current economic and political reforms, and discuss how a new generation can help the continent fulfill its immense promise.