Giovanni Zanalda, Ph.D.

Giovanni Zanalda

Former Director, Duke University Center for International & Global Studies (DUCIGS)

Giovanni Zanalda

Dr. Giovanni Zanalda, is Senior Advisor to the Office of Global Affairs (OGA) and former Director of the Duke University Center for International & Global Studies (DUCIGS) (August 2015-October 2022), Faculty Director of the Karsh International Scholars Program (2018-Present), Director of Graduate Studies for the Interdisciplinary European Studies graduate certificate program.  Zanalda is the former director of the Duke University Center for International & Global Studies (DUCIGS) (August 2015-October 2022, of the Asian/Pacific Studies Institute (APSI) (August 2015-December 2017), and former chair of the Duke Global Priorities Committee (2019-2020). He is the Director of the Rethinking Diplomacy Program, Space Diplomacy Lab,  and Program Director of the Fulbright-Hays DDRA  at Duke. 

Zanalda is member of several committees including the Board of Directors of Venice International University ( (2016-Present), the Duke Global Travel Advisory Committee (GTAC), the Executive Committee of the Duke Global Health Institute (DGHI), the Forum for Scholars and Publics (FSP) Advisory Committee, the Office of University Scholars and Fellows Office (OUSF) Faculty Directors’ advisory team, and of the Executive Committee of the Duke/DKU Center for the Study of Contemporary China. He is an affiliated faculty of the Duke Center for International Development (DCID-Sanford School of Public Policy), Duke Center for the History of Political Economy (HOPE), American Grand Strategy Program (AGS), and Asian/Pacific Studies Institute (APSI).

Zanalda is Professor of the Practice in the Social Science Research Institute (SSRI), Department of Economics, and Department of History. He is an economic historian specialized in the history of the international economy, finance, and development. He teaches courses on financial crises, emerging markets, international economy (1850-present), and space economy/economics  in the Department of Economics, and on the history of globalization at the Sanford School of Public Policy and History Department.

He served as a consultant in the Office of the Vice President, Development Economics and Chief Economist at the World Bank. He taught and conducted research and missions, in various European, Asian, and African countries in addition to Argentina and the United States. He holds a B.A. from the University of Turin, an M.A. from the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS - Washington, DC), and a Ph.D. from the Johns Hopkins University.

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