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Topher McDougal, PhD

Academic Director, Professor of Economic Development, Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies at the University of San Diego

Dr. McDougal’s research focuses on the microeconomic causes and consequences of armed violence and disasters, illicit trade (especially in small arms) and environmental peacebuilding. At the University of San Diego, he teaches courses on economic development, environmental peace and justice, humanitarianism, black markets, research methodology and evaluation.

In addition to consulting for various organizations, Dr. McDougal has been a research affiliate, a principal of the Small Arms Data Observatory and an invited scholar-in-residence. He was a recipient of MIT’s prestigious Presidential Doctoral Fellowship.