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Natalia S. Mirovitskaya

Professor of the Practice in the Sanford School of Public Policy
Sanford School of Public Policy
Box 90237, Durham, NC 27708-0237
264 Rubenstein Hall, Durham, NC 27708


Natalia S. Mirovitskaya has been on the faculty at Duke University since 1995. Her professional focus is on political economy of development and peacebuilding. Dr. Mirovitskaya earned her Ph.D. at the Russian Academy of Sciences (Economics). She has led and participated in numerous national and international research projects and has been a recipient of many awards, including the Excellence in Teaching Award from the Humphrey Fellows Program (University of North Carolina), Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership Grant, NATO Scientific Environmental Affairs Division Grant, and U.S. National Research Council Certificate of Appreciation for Outstanding Service. Recently, Dr. Mirovitskaya and William Ascher (Co-Founder of the Duke-UNC Rotary Peace Center) have become co-editors of a new book series “Politics, Economics and Inclusive Development” launched by Palgrave MacMillan Publishers. Economic Development Strategies and the Evolution of Violence in Latin America (2012), Development Strategies, Identities, and Conflict in Asia (2013) and The Economic Roots of Conflict and Cooperation in Africa (2013) – all three by Ascher and Mirovitskaya – are among the first books published in this new series; they intend to guide policymakers, development professionals, and activists committed to conflict-sensitive development. Dr. Mirovitskaya has worked with master’s level students and directed masters’ projects for fellows from many countries, including Zambia, Mexico, England, Argentina, Japan, Australia, Philippines, South Korea, Myanmar and Colombia.

Current Appointments & Affiliations

Professor of the Practice in the Sanford School of Public Policy · 2021 - Present Sanford School of Public Policy
Affiliate of the Duke Center for International Development · 2023 - Present Duke Center for International Development, Sanford School of Public Policy

Education, Training & Certifications

Russian Academy of Sciences (Russia) · 1981 Ph.D.