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College Park Professor

Carol Graham is Leo Pasvolsky Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, College Park Professor at the University of Maryland, and a Senior Scientist at Gallup. She has been a Vice President at Brookings and a Special Advisor to the Vice President of the Inter-American Development Bank. Graham is the author of numerous books – most recently Happiness for All: Unequal Hopes and Lives in Pursuit of the American Dream (Princeton),  The Pursuit of Happiness: An Economy of Well-Being (Brookings), and Happiness Around the World: The Paradox of Happy Peasants and Miserable Millionaires (Oxford) - and has published articles in a range of journals including Science, the World Bank Research Observer, Health Affairs, the Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Health Economics, and the Journal of Socio-Economics. Her work has been reviewed in Science, The New Yorker, and the New York Review of Books, among others, and she received a Pioneer Award from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in 2017, and a Lifetime Distinguished Scholar award the International Society of Quality of Life Studies in 2018. She has an AB from Princeton, an MA from Johns Hopkins, a PhD from Oxford University, and three beautiful children.

Areas of Interest
  • Well-being, happiness, poverty, inequality, public health