It’s springtime in Williamsburg, and this year that means dunking Mike Tierney! We want to thank everyone who supported us during W&M’s One Tribe One Day efforts.  A special thanks to Corey Schull ‘08, whose generous financial match helped catalyze a 65% increase in the number of individuals who supported the Institute and its projects.

Below you’ll find some examples of the great research and community that are testaments to the impact of your support. And if your travels bring you to the 'Burg this summer, stop on by for one of our BBQs or to chat with our students at an Insider Insights event. We’d love to hear from you.

Sue & Mike
Watch Mike get dunked by the Quidditch Team in William & Mary's first annual OTOD dunk tank competition.

The Center for African Development is Bringing Africa to W&M
With the addition of Professor Iyabo Obasanjo as co-director and increased program offerings, the Center for African Development (CAD) is on track to greatly expand its impact.

New CAD Findings on the Barriers to Mobile Money Use
CAD Co-Director Phil Roessler recently presented findings from a major randomized control trial conducted in partnership with REPOA in Tanzania. In his presentation, Professor Roessler goes beyond phone ownership to examine barriers to use of mobile money.

Global Research Institute Summer Fellows Set to Depart
This summer, 25 Global Research Institute Summer Fellows will travel to 12 countries including Kenya, Liberia, the Philippines, and Guatemala. Read more about the program and Fellows' summer plans here.

Sneak a peek at our Summer Fellows' work with Professor Phil Roessler and Monrovia Football Academy in Liberia.

ABC Project Evaluates Informal Learning in Post-Conflict Bosnia
A student-faculty team from the American Bosnian Collaboration (ABC) Project worked with researchers from the University of Sarajevo to analyze the efficacy of their work to promote intercultural communicative competences among children. Read the peer-reviewed study here.

Fellow in Residence: Ambassador Tom Shannon
In March, Ambassador Tom Shannon, former Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, spent three days as a Global Research Institute Fellow in Residence. While at W&M, Ambassador Shannon gave a public talk, advised students on research projects, guest lectured, and more.

Can Subnational Data Improve Resource Allocation and Service Delivery?
AidData researchers evaluated 31 randomized control trials and found that the availability of location-specific data can improve resource allocation and service delivery outcomes when it is relevant, understandable, actionable, and incentive-compatible.

Insider Insights Talks Thrive on Scotland Street
Highlights of this semester's Insider Insights series included visits from Anne-Marie Slaughter, Brent Colburn '98, MPP '00 and Demian Smith '01. During Insider Insights talks, students have the opportunity to engage with top practitioners in informal, lunchtime conversations.

Closing the Feedback Loop
AidData's Executive Director Brad Parks and Daniel Aboagye MPP '18 teamed up to analyze whether responsive aid can strengthen state legitimacy in Afghanistan. They evaluate aid responsiveness across 5,000 villages - finding that it strengthened government legitimacy, with implications for counterinsurgency efforts.

The Institute Wants You!
If you'll be in the area and have time to meet with students or give a talk, please let us know - we'd love to host you at our house on Scotland Street. Drop us a line at
Our mailing address is:
William & Mary
Global Research Institute
427 Scotland St
Williamsburg, VA 23185

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