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Joshua Charles

Pearson Fellow

MPP Candidate

Joshua Charles, a Mexican-Saint Lucian American, is a second-year MPP student at Harris Public Policy. Presently, Joshua is a research mentee at the Research In Color Foundation, an organization aimed at increasing the number of PhD students of color in economics. Under the guidance of environmental economist Dr. Sarah Jacobson, he is researching the microeconomic consequences of volatile weather patterns in Indonesian provinces. As a graduate student, Joshua engages with the Pearson Institute on issues of global conflict, while simultaneously pursuing an academic and policy expertise in financial policy. Most recently, he served as a research assistant for Professor and Pearson Institute Director James Robinson. 

Joshua has extensive global internship experience, particularly in Africa. Prior to his time at the University of Chicago, Joshua worked as a market research intern with infrastructure development company Primesec Limited in Ghana, and interned as a Sustainability Coordinator for the Global Livingston Institute in Uganda. Previously, he was also a research intern for the Southern African Institute for Policy and Research (remotely) and the African Forum and Network on Debt and Development in Zambia.

Joshua Charles earned a BS in interdisciplinary studies and a distinction in research from Cornell University.

Baidoa, Somalia

Makeshift, temporary shelter made of plastic and clothing at a refugee center in Baidoa, Somalia.