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Academic Bio:  Lisa-Ann Richey is a Visiting Professor at the Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke University in the US  http://kenan.ethics.duke.edu/people/kie-faculty-senior-fellows/lisa-ann-richey/ and Professor of International Development Studies in the Department of Society and Globalisation, Roskilde University, Denmark.  Dr. Richey is Vice-President of the Global South Caucus of the International Studies Association (ISA), and she is also the Director of the Doctoral School of Society and Globalisation.  She is the author of Brand Aid: Shopping Well to Save the World with Stefano Ponte (Minneapolis and London: Univ. of Minnesota Pub.2011), Population Politics and Development: From the Policies to the Clinics (New York and London: Palgrave MacMillan, 2008), editor of Celebrity Humanitarianism and North-South Relations: Politics, Place and Power (Routledge, 2015); and the co-editor with Stefano Ponte of a special issue of Third World Quarterly on New Actors and Alliances in Development 35(1), 2014. She completed post-doctoral training in the Department of Population and International Health at Harvard University and a Ph.D. in the Department Political Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the U.S.  Dr. Richey’s research in Tanzania, Uganda and South Africa has been supported by the Danish Social Science Research Council, the Development Research Council, the Mellon Foundation, and the Fulbright Foundation. She is the organizer of the Research Network on Celebrity and North-South Relations.  In 2014, Dr. Richey was a Visiting Professor at the University of Trento, Italy. 

Find out more at www.lisaannrichey.com



Curriculum VitaeLisa Ann Richey, Ph.D.

Professor and Director of the Doctoral School of Social Sciences and Business

Department of Social Sciences and Business, Roskilde University (RU), Denmark

URL for web site: http://www.ruc.dk/~richey                                                     email:  richey@ruc.dk

Nationality:      American                                                                     Residence (permanent):  Danish

Languages: English (native), Swahili (fluent), Danish (very good), Italian (very good), Spanish (minimal)



Harvard University, USA, Post-Doctoral Research and Training, Anthropological Demography (2000).

Research Project: Methods, Meanings and Measurements in Contraceptive Decision-Making.

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA, Ph.D. Political Science (1999).

Dissertation:  “Development,” Gender and Family Planning:  Population Politics and the Tanzanian National Population Policy; 

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA, M.A. Political Science (1992).

Master’s Thesis:  Kenyan State-Society Relations:  Women, Biopower, and Sexuality. 

Furman University, USA, B.A. with High Honors Magna Cum Laude, Political Science (1989).



2013-present   Professor, Professor MSO (2010-2013); Associate Prof. (2005-2010); Assistant Prof. (2003-2005) International Development Studies, Dept. of Social Sciences and Business, RU

2017-2018 Visiting Professor, Kenan Institute for Ethics, Duke University, USA

2014-2015      Visiting Professor, Dept. of Sociology and International Relations, Univ. of Trento, Italy

2003-2004      Soros fellowship “Reproductive Health and Rights Fellow”, Heilbrunn Dept. of Population and Family Health, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia Univ., New York, USA

2001-2003      Project Researcher, Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS) formerly Centre for Development Research (CDR), Copenhagen

2000-2001      Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Dept. of Population and International Health, Harvard School of Public Health, Harvard University, Boston, USA

1999-2000      Visiting Assistant Professor, Center of African Studies, University of Copenhagen

1997-1999      Paul Hardin PhD Research Fellow, Royster Society of Fellows, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA



Richey, L.A., ed. (2015) Celebrity Humanitarianism and North-South Relations: Politics, Place and Power, New York and Milton Park, UK: Routledge.

Richey, L.A. and S. Ponte, eds. (2014) New Actors and Alliances in Development Milton Park, UK: Routledge (Third Worlds book series).

Richey, L.A. and S. Ponte (2011) Brand Aid: Shopping Well to Save the World Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.

Richey, L.A. (2008) Population Politics and Development: From the Policies to the Clinics. New York and London: Palgrave MacMillan; paperback stakeholder version (2010) Uganda: Fountain Publishers.

Vavrus, F. and L.A. Richey, eds. (2003) Women and Development: Rethinking Policy and Reconceptualizing Practice. New York:  The Feminist Press.


Papers in Academic Journals Since 2014

Budabin, A.C. and L.A. Richey (forthcoming 2018).  “Conflict Discourses and Celebrity Engagement: the Case of Ben Affleck in Congo” Human Rights Quarterly.

Budabin, A.C., Rasmussen, L.M., and L.A. Richey (2017).  “Celebrity-led development organisations the legitimating function of elite engagement” Third World Quarterly. 38 (9): 1952-1972.

Richey, L.A. (2016) “Tinder Humanitarians’: the moral panic around representations of old relationships in new media” Javnost-the Public. 23 (4): 398-414.

Richey, L.A. and A. Budabin (2016) “Celebritizing Conflict:  How Ben Affleck Sells the Congo to Americans” Humanity. 7(1): 27-46.


Christiansen, L.B. and Richey, L.A. (2015) “Celebrity-black: The meanings of race and performances of aid celebrity outside the mainstream Hollywood-UK circuit” Celebrity Studies 6(4): 1-14.


Richey, L.A. and S. Ponte (2014) ”New Actors and Alliances in Development” Third World Quarterly 35(1): 1-21.


Ponte, S. and L.A. Richey (2014) ”Buying Into Development? Brand Aid Forms of Cause-Related Marketing” Third World Quarterly 35(1): 65-87.


Lyimo, E. Todd, J.; Richey, L.A and Njau, B. (2014) “The association between social networks and self rated risk of HIV infection among secondary school students in Moshi Municipality, Tanzania” SAHARA-J: Journal of Social Aspects of HIV/AIDS 10 (3-4): 131-139.



Selected Grants and Research Projects as the single or lead PI

Danish Social Science Research Council 2016-2020) Commodifying Compassion: Implications of turning people and humanitarian causes into marketable things. Amount assigned to Richey: € 560,000 (lead PI with 2 postdocs)

European Research Council (ERC) Consolidator Grant (2015-2020) Commodifying Compassion: New Networks in Global Humanitarianism Amount of grant € 2,000,000  (advanced to final funding stage, interview 9 December 2014, not funded but reapplication in process

Roskilde University Priority Area (2012-2015) Research Network on Celebrity and North-South Relations; Amount assigned to Richey: € 10,700 (plus 2 post-doctoral grants independently funded)

Danish NGO Forum (2013) Finding Frames Denmark: pilot research project. Amount assigned to Richey: € 9,000 (plus 1 research assistant)

Danish Development Research Council (Forskningsrådet for Udviklingsforskning) (2004-2010) The Politics of Access to Anti-Retrovirals in the Treatment of African AIDS. Amount assigned to Richey: €253,000

Columbia University and Soros Open Society Institute (2003-2004) Reproductive Rights Fellow at the Heilbrunn Department of Population and Family Health at the Mailman School of Public Health. Amount assigned to Richey: € 48,000

Danish Social Science Research Council (2001-2003) Individual Research Project.  Gender, Wealth and Modernity: Weaving International, National, and Local Interpretations of Population Policies in Uganda and Tanzania.  Amount assigned to Richey: € 187,000

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Fellowship in Anthropological Demography, Dept. of Population+ Int. Health, Harvard University (2000-2001), Post-doctoral research. Amount assigned to Richey: € 102,000


Founding Vice-President of the Global South Caucus of the International Studies Association (ISA) (2011-2015); now Advisory Board Member (2015-present)

Advisory Board Member of the Global Health Section of the International Studies Association (ISA) (2014-present)

Member of Denmark’s Development Policy Advisory Board (Udviklingspolitisk Råd)  (2014-2015) One of 13 national members appointed directly by the Foreign Minister.

University Representative to Danish Universities Advisory Board on Developing Countries (2012-2014)

Leader of the International Research Network on Celebrity and North-South Relations (2012-present)

Co-founder and Steering Committee Member of Roskilde University’s Center for Gender, Power and Diversity (CKMM) (2009-2012)

Co-founder of a Ugandan-based network on the Social and Political Aspects of AIDS (2007-2011)


PhD and Post-Doctoral Supervision:11 PhD students from 6 different nationalities; 4 post-docs L.N.Rasmussen(2008-2011); B.S.Olsen (2008-2013); P.Colleoni (2008); R.Spichiger (2009-2014); A.C.Budabin (2010-2011); A.E.Ryberg (2010-); M.B.Wangoyi (2011-2016); M.Vestergaard (2013-); S.Al-Thawr (2013-); E.Dyer (2014-); K.S.Varming (2014-).

Education/Academic qualification

Political Science, PhD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Award Date: 8 Aug 1999

External positions

Visiting Professor, Duke University

15 Aug 201715 Aug 2018


  • Industrial development, Development economics and planning, Developing countries
  • International aid politics
  • Development technologies
  • Development theory
  • Consumption
  • humanitarianism
  • brand aid
  • Health, Medicine
  • Health communication HIV/AIDS
  • Reproductive health
  • Equity and health sector reform
  • Health policy
  • Global health interventions
  • Gender studies, Ethnicity, Equal rights
  • Gender and identity
  • Economics, Politics
  • Population policy
  • State-society relations
  • Global change

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