David Peyton

Chicago, IL

HIA Program:

Germany Germany 2005


David M. Peyton is a Ph.D. student in the department of political science at Northwestern University, where he studies urbanization, foreign assistance, and institutional development in postcolonial states, especially in Sub-Saharan Africa. His current research takes a special interest in urban development trends in cities affected by intrastate war. He spent the past summer conducting fieldwork in partnership with the Université Libre des Pays des Grands Lacs in Goma, Democratic Republic of the Congo. Prior to beginning his doctoral studies, he worked at the Africa Center for Strategic Studies in Washington, DC and served as an HIA-Tom Lantos Congressional Fellow in the office of Congressman Tom Perriello (VA-05). He has also worked as a research associate at the Urwego-Opportunity Bank in Kigali, Rwanda, where he conducted market research on small and medium-sized enterprises in Africa’s Great Lakes Region. He received a bachelor’s degree in international relations from Wheaton College and is an alumnus of the school’s Human Needs and Global Resources program.

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