I am passionate about better understanding what drives inequality, marginalization, social exclusion on the one hand, and collective action and social cohesion on the other -- and how to mobilize that understanding to have less of the former and more of the latter around the world.
Professor Zhang is a Fulbright Scholar at the Monterey Institute from 1997-1999 and serves as a research fellow at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University from 2006-2007. She is a full professor in the School of Economics at Shandong University in China. She has authored and co-authored five books and published about twenty academic papers in a number of professional journals.
I am passionate about capacity building in the areas of financial regulatory compliance and investigations, and public policies related to illicit markets as well as the macro-economy. While my research and consulting work can be invigorating, my first love will always be teaching. I hope to convey my own passion for these subjects to my students and inspire them to go out and explore new career paths they might not have considered when they first began their studies here.
I am passionate about the effort to reduce global poverty and inequality. My research, consulting and teaching all point towards that goal. It is the unifying theme of my work on trade, investment, infrastructure, migration and productivity, as well as the focus of my classes in development and trade.
I am passionate about the struggle for human rights and social justice.
What excites me about being a professor at MIIS is teaching such a multi-cultural, multi-lingual and socially committed student body. I also enjoy the inter-disciplinary nature of our programs and the fact that I can teach content courses in multiple languages. I am fluent in Spanish and French and teach in both languages.
Before coming to the United States for her Ph.D. studies, Pushpa Iyer worked to secure the rights of the poor and the marginalised in Gujarat state, India through holistic development programmes. Her commitment to bringing peace between the divided Hindu and Muslim communities in Gujarat laid the foundation for her subsequent work and academic interest in conflict resolution and peace building. She has consulted for different NGOs and institutions including the World Bank. Such work has taken her to India, Sri Lanka and the Philippines.