Laura Freschi joined New York University’s Development Research Institute (DRI) in November 2008. Her work at DRI has included co-writing the Aid Watch blog with development economist William Easterly and managing research initiatives, programs and events; she is currently at work on an economic development history of one New York City block. She has been published in major print and online publications including the New York Times, Forbes, the New York Review of Books, The Lancet, and Alliance Magazine, and cited in many others. Prior to joining DRI, Laura received her MA in international affairs with a concentration in international development and economics from the Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies (SAIS). She has worked with a USAID contractor on education reform in Iraq and on international educational exchange programs with students from the Middle East. She has lived in Syria, Morocco, Italy and Bulgaria. Laura graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Brown University with a degree in comparative literature.