Rachel M. McCleary



Senior Research Fellow

Harvard Kennedy School of Government

79 JFK Street - Cambridge, MA 02138

email: rachel_mccleary@harvard.edu





Rachel M. McCleary

Rachel M. McCleary is Senior Research Fellow, Taubman Center, Harvard Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Research Fellow of the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, and Visiting Scholar, American Enterprise Institute.

McCleary's work is interdisciplinary with theoretical grounding in the fields of political science, sociology, and economics. Within these disciplines, she conducts research on the political economy of religion. Her research focuses on how religion interacts with economic performance and the political and social behavior of individuals and institutions across societies. McCleary studies how religious beliefs and practices influence productivity, economic growth, and the maintenance of political institutions such as democracy.

Rachel Holds a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Chicago, a Master of Theological Studies from Emory University, and a B.A. from Indiana University.

Rachel M. McCleary's book, Global Compassion: Private Voluntary Organizations and U.S. Foreign Policy since 1939 (Oxford University Press), received the Association of Fundraising Professionals' 2010 Skystone Ryan Research Prize. The AFP praised the book for exemplifying "the high standards of scholarship the Prize's originators sought to encourage."


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Edited Volume
Forthcoming 2010

Global Compassion:
Private Voluntary
Agencies and U.S.
Foreign Policy since

Dictating Democracy:
Guatemalan Elites and
the End of Violent

Seeking Justice:
Ethics and
International Affairs