Professor Sarah Baird, leader of the Monitoring and Evaluation Cluster of the MEPI Coordinating Center, is an Assistant Professor of Global Health and Economics at George Washington University. Prof. Baird is a development economist whose work focuses on program evaluation, particularly in relation to health and education in Sub-Saharan Africa. Prof. Baird has worked on areas as diverse as the schooling and health of young women in Malawi, community-driven development in Tanzania, deworming in Kenya, and global infant mortality. She teaches courses on quantitative data collection and analysis at both the masters and doctoral level, as well as a master’s level health economics course.
Prof. Baird finished her Ph.D. in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at the University of California, Berkeley in 2007 and spent 2007 through 2008 as a Postdoctoral Fellow in the School of International Relations and Pacific Studies at The University of California at San Diego before arriving at the George Washington University. Prof. Baird leads the Monitoring and Evaluation Cluster for the MEPI Coordinating Center.