• Senior Advisor

    Robin J. Lewis

    Senior Advisor

    Professor Lewis was the Associate Dean of the Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) in New York from 1985-2007 and was also the first Executive Director of the Global Public Policy Network (GPPN), an innovative partnership between SIPA and top universities around the world.​From 2009 to 2014, he was the Director of the School of Social Development and Public Policy (SSDPP) at Beijing Normal University.


    Professor Lewis is currently the President of the International Development and Public Policy Alliance (IDPPA), a consortium of graduate public policy schools in Brazil, Russia, India, China and more founded in 2012. He also directs the new Master of Global Public Policy (MGPP) program at the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA) in Moscow, created in partnership with the World Bank and McKinsey & Co.


    He has advised governments, universities, foundations, and international organizations on higher education and policy training in more than twenty countries. He has worked with the Ford Foundation, the Open Society Institute, the World Bank, the American Councils for International Education, and the Government of China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC). He was also the Executive Editor of the Encyclopedia of Asian History [4 volumes] (New York: Macmillan, 1987), a publication funded by the Asia Society that brought together contributions from over 300 scholars worldwide.


    Professor Lewis holds M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Columbia University and is the author of one book, E.M. Forster’s Passages to India, and numerous other articles.


  • Senior Instructors

    James Truncer

    Lecturer at Harvard University

    James Truncer has taught environmental engineering and environmental systems collapse courses at Harvard since 2012. Prior to teaching at Harvard, he was a lecturer at Stanford University for 9 years, where he taught similar courses. Truncer has also conducted archaeological research in North America and India and published his findings in academic journals, edited volumes, and monographs. His work has led to an interest in sustainability issues with regard to changing agricultural production, urbanization, resource use, and systems collapse. He earned his Ph.D. in Archaeology from the University of Washington.

    Edoardo Gallo

    Assistant Professor at University of Cambridge

    Edoardo Gallo is an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Economics at the University of Cambridge and the Ajit Singh Official Fellow in Economics at Queens' College, Cambridge. He is also an Associate Member at Nuffield College (Oxford) and a Fellow at the Cambridge Endowment for Research in Finance. His research sits at the intersection of the economics of networks, experimental economics, and behavioral economics. The fundamental question it investigates is how the structure of social networks causally affects individual behavior and economic outcomes in a wide range of contexts. Prior to coming to Cambridge, he was a Junior Research Fellow at Christ Church (Oxford) and completed his A.B. in Physics and Mathematics at Harvard University. He has taught political economy, behavioral economics, networks, economic theory and mathematics at the University of Cambridge, University of Oxford, and Harvard University. Gallo earned his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Oxford.

    David Rezvani

    Research Assistant Professor and Lecturer at Dartmouth College

    David Rezvani has previously taught at Harvard University, MIT, Oxford University, and Boston University. He is also the author of Surpassing the Sovereign State: The Wealth, Self-Rule, and Security Advantages of Partially Independent Territories (Oxford University Press, 2014). Rezvani’s research interests include political integration, Asian politics, and US foreign policy. His work has appeared in the Political Science Quarterly, Journal of Contemporary Asia, Ethnopolitics, and the International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences. He has held research fellowships at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and has won research grants from Harvard University, Oxford University, Trinity College, the Smith Richardson Foundation, Boston College, and Hong Kong University. As a speaker of English, Mandarin Chinese, and Persian, he has conducted fieldwork in Europe, China, and the Middle East. He earned his D.Phil. from the University of Oxford.

  • Our Staff

    These talented individuals will be assisting you alongside your assigned mentor as you complete your Horizon Project

    Ellen Gao

    B.A. from Bryn Mawr College

    Gavin Newton-Tanzer

    B.A. from Columbia University

    Former Visiting Fellow at the Carnegie Tsinghua Center

    Nicholas Bonvini

    B.S. from Northeastern University

    Scott Dobbins

    M.S. from Stanford University

    B.A. from Columbia University

    David Weeks

    B.A. from Swarthmore College

    Robin J. Lewis

    Former Associate Dean at SIPA, Columbia University