First Session: Corruption and Anticorruption Student Study Group: Insights and Lessons from the Field


Friday, February 11, 2022, 10:00am to 11:00am



This online study group, held on six Fridays 10-11 AM ET, is designed to engage HKS and Harvard degree students to understand global trends in corruption and anticorruption efforts, mechanics of systemic corruption, and current challenges controlling corruption. 

Led by Professor Jeeyang Rhee Baum, who has over 30 years of experience working in and with developing democracies and several government agencies, the program will draw on the expertise of a range of HKS Ash fellows, practitioners and others from media and policy analysis organizations. 

The objective is for students to gain and appreciate the complexity of combating corruption but leave with a set of analytical tools to critically examine and develop interventions in the future. 

Because the program depends upon interactive discussions and will be capped at 25 students, we particularly encourage those who enjoy active participation and lively debate to sign up on a first-come, first-served basis. Readings will be assigned. 

The study group is different from the course DPI-543: Corruption: Finding It and Fixing It, in that it focuses more on engagement with speakers.

Register for this study group

Semester Schedule 

  • Session 1: Putting Corruption and Anticorruption into Global Context, Jeeyang Rhee Baum, Harvard Kennedy School (February 11, 2022)
  • Session 2: Controlling Corruption in Local Governments (February 25, 2022). Speaker will be announced to admitted students
  • Session 3: Administrative Corruption and Justice in Developing Countries, Malcolm Russell-Einhorn, George Washington University, Elliott School of International Affairs (March 11, 2022) 
  • Session 4: International Aid in the Public Health Sector, Lin Liu, U.S. Agency for International Development, MPP 1989 (March 25, 2022) 
  • Session 5: Election Monitoring Around the World, Jelena Stefanović, Ford Foundation Mason Fellow AY 2021-22 (April 8, 2022)
  • Session 6: Final De-Brief, Jeeyang Rhee Baum (April 22, 2022)