ann helwege headshotResearch Associate



BA, PhD, State University of New York at Buffalo


Environmentally sustainable development, Latin America, poverty measurement, the politics of inclusion, and distributive aspects of macroeconomic policy


Most recently, Ann Helwege was a Visiting Associate Professor of International Relations at Boston University, where she taught courses in environmentally sustainable development, the political economy of Latin America, and North-South relations. She was also a Faculty Fellow at the Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future and a Senior Research Fellow at the Global Development and Environment Institute. She is the co-author of Latin America’s Economy and co-editor of both Latin America’s Economic Future and Moderation and Stagnation: Latin American Agriculture. Her work on poverty in Latin America has been presented at the World Bank, the Federal Reserve, and the International Labor Organization.

Professor Helwege received both her B.A. and her Ph.D. from the State University of New York at Buffalo, where she studied Economics. Before coming to BU, she taught at Emmanuel College, Wellesley College, and Tufts University, where she taught courses in both the Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy.

Her recent work focuses on how the boom in commodity prices affects the lives of Latin America’s poor, both in terms of income and exposure to environmental injustice.