Gillette Hall is Professor in the Practice and Director of Teaching in the Global Human Development Master’s Program. Her current research focuses on the differential outcomes of poverty reduction programs for minority or disadvantaged groups.
Originally from Oregon, she grew up in Mexico and Brazil, where she developed an early interest in the issues of poverty and inequality. After completing her undergraduate studies at the Georgetown School of Foreign Service, she served as volunteer teacher and community organizer in the rural village of Nepena, Peru, where she was given the mayor’s award for public service. Driven to better understand the causes and solutions to the complex problems of poor families, she returned to Peru as a Fulbright scholar, and completed a Master’s Degree in Latin American Studies and Ph.D in Economics at the University of Cambridge, England. Prior to coming to Georgetown, she worked as a senior staff member at the World Bank, conducting policy research, as well as implementation and evaluation of poverty reduction programs. She has taught at the University of Oregon and Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, and has won several teaching awards. Her recent work includes the book Indigenous Peoples, Poverty and Development (Cambridge University Press, 2012).