Erik Wibbels

Erik Wibbels

Presidential Penn Compact Professor of Political Science

Ronald O. Perelman Center for Political Science and Economics, Room 427


Erik Wibbels is the Presidential Penn Compact Professor of Political Science, founder of DevLab@Penn, and member of Penn’s Development Research Initiative. Current major projects include research on the human impact of US deportations of Central Americans; the Machine Learning for Peace project, which measures and forecasts dynamics in civil society at high frequency; a series of field experiments on local accountability and civil society in Cambodia; and an initiative with the World Bank to understand the impact of refugees on the communities and politics of the places they arrive.

In his role with DevLab@Penn, Wibbels also works with governments, international donors, and their implementing partners to improve the design and evaluation of development programming and engage in policy-relevant research around the world. As part of its educational mission. DevLab@Penn and PDRI work with Pre- and Post-Doctoral Fellows, Ph.D., MA, and undergraduate students through a combination of applied research, internships, and courses.