Claudia Williamson is an Assistant Professor of Economics at Mississippi State University. Previously, she was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Development Research Institute at NYU and an Assistant Professor t Appalachian State University. Her research focuses on applied microeconomics, the political economy of development, and the effectiveness of development policies, such as foreign aid. She has authored numerous articles in refereed journals including the Journal of Law and Economics, World Development, Journal of Comparative Economics, Public Choice, and Southern Economic Journal. She has also contributed multiple chapters to edited books, written book reviews, and policy briefs.