Core Faculty and Staff
Willem Verhagen joined the Pardee Center as a Research Scientist in April 2020. Willem’s
interest in sustainability and land management began when he studied Earth & Economics at
Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam. Since then his focus on sustainability has grown alongside his
research. Willem has published multiple papers on conservation management, highlighting the
importance of human land management on ecosystem protection. One of these papers included
his thesis from Vrije Universiteit’s Institute for Environmental Studies, “Managing Our Land for
Multiple Ecosystem Services: Identifying Priority Areas and Actions to Maintain Ecosystem Services
Since finishing his dissertation, Willem worked with the Netherlands Environmental Assessment
Agency (PBL) to study the global impacts of land degradation on humans and ecosystem services
and opportunities for restoration. At PBL, Willem expanded his modeling abilities by working with
the IMAGE-model, a global integrated assessment model.
Willem brings extensive knowledge on human interactions with land biodiversity and agriculture
to the Pardee Center. His experience facilitates his desire to connect quantitative analyses of
sustainability to understandable policy. Willem hopes his work at the Pardee Center will encourage
effective policy toward environmental and human sustainability. He also looks forward to
exploring more of Colorado through hiking.Research Scientist
MPIA in Human Security from the Graduate School of International Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh, 2018
BA in International Affairs from Eastern Michigan University, 2016
Certificates in African Studies, Global Studies-Sustainable Development (GSPIA 2018)
Minors in French Language, International Business, Music Performance (EMU 2016)
Anjali T. Martin joined the Pardee Center's Diplometrics Project in Fall 2020 as the Project Manager and Research Associate for the Heads of Government and State (HOGS) Project from RTI International where she served in a variety of roles on the 74 million USD USAID Somalia Growth, Enterprise, Employment, and Livelihoods project. In her capacity at the Pardee Center, she oversees a large team of Research Aides and leads the scope expansion of the HOGS Project. While at RTI, Anjali served as the Project Associate, Project Management Specialist, Acting Project Coordinator, and Senior Project Associate on the GEEL project, spending time in Mogadishu for a task order startup focused on women and youth training, and Project Manager for an internally funded research project focused on Market System Resilience in Somalia. Prior to RTI International, Anjali conducted research in a number of international settings including Liberia, India, Kenya, Ethiopia, England, Germany, and Malawi, where she focused her Master's thesis on community agricultural practices in the central regions. Anjali's research interests include education access at the secondary level in Sub-Saharan Africa, food security initiatives and community sustainability/comprehension, youth and women development, and qualitative methodology. In her free time, Anjali enjoys hiking, interior design, the performing arts, and exploring new locations.
Education: B.B.A. Human Resources Management, New Mexico State University, 2016
Anajulia manages business and administrative functions for the Pardee Center, including payroll, human resources, grants and contracts processes, and financial reporting. She is fluent in English and Spanish and in her free time she enjoys reading, cooking, hiking, and skiing.Contract and Business Administrator
B.S. in Physics and Spanish from Bates College, Lewiston, Maine, 2009
M.A. in Global Finance, Trade and Economic Integration, University of Denver, Josef Korbel School of International Studies, 2014
David K. Bohl began working with the Pardee Center in the summer of 2012, when he was a graduate student at Korbel. Since then, he has consulted with several organizations, including the Peruvian Strategic Planning Center (CEPLAN), the Atlantic Council’s Strategic Foresight Initiative, the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD), USAID, the Western Cape Provincial Government of South Africa, and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). He has been fundamental to the development of a variety of newer sub-models in IFs, including those that forecast the informal economy, bilateral trade, and ICT, and has pioneered the use of network analysis at the center.
Mobile: 724.875.9206Assistant Director of Analysis
Senior Research Associate
B.A. English, Drury University, 2011
M.A. Josef Korbel School of International Studies, International Development, 2013
Whitney joined our team in 2017 as a project manager, leading the Diplometrics Program. In 2020, she transitioned to the role of Assistant Director of Project Operations working across research projects at the Pardee Center. She first became interested in the Pardee Center’s work on human development and stability and conflict during her graduate studies at Korbel. From 2013-2015, Whitney served as a Peace Corps Master’s International Student and worked as a Community and Youth Development Volunteer in Vanadzor, Armenia. While in the Peace Corps, she conducted research on male migration and female labor markets in Armenia. Whitney is proficient in Eastern Armenian and intermediate in Russian. She has lived abroad in four different countries and enjoys traveling, reading creative non-fiction, and long-distance running.
Office: 303.871.2324Assistant Director of Project Operations
B.A. Sociology, Certificate in Business, University of Texas
M.A. Global Finance, Trade, and Economic Integration, University of Denver - Josef Korbel School of International StudiesResearch Associate
Dr. Barry B. Hughes is John Evans Professor at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver, and was founding Director of the Frederick S. Pardee Center for International Futures.
His principal interests are in (1) global change, (2) computer simulation models for economic, energy, food, population, environmental, and socio-political forecasting, and (3) policy analysis. The fundamental concerns that synthesize these interests are (1) developing effective response to long-term global change and (2) improving the long-term human condition. He developed International Futures (IFs), the widely-used computer simulation for study of long-term national, regional, and global issues (see http://Pardee.du.edu).
Dr. Hughes supported the U.S. National Intelligence Council's reports to the President on Mapping the Global Futures 2020, Global Trends 2025, and Global Trends 2030. He provided long-term global forecasting for the United Nations Environment Programme's Global Environment Outlook 4. He provided background research papers and forecasting content used in the United Nations Human Development Reports (2011 and 2013). He was a principal researcher in European Commission projects on the New Economy and on Information and Communications Technology. He has contributed research to projects of RAND, the Central Intelligence Agency, the United States Institute of Peace,Peru's National Center for Strategic Planning (CEPLAN), and many other organizations.
Dr. Hughes has written or co-authored The Domestic Context of American Foreign Policy (Freeman 1978), World Modeling (Lexington 1980), World Futures (Johns Hopkins 1985), Disarmament and Development (Prentice-Hall 1990), Continuity and Change in World Politics (Prentice-Hall 1991, 1994, 1997, 2000), International Futures (Westview 1993, 1996, 1999), Exploring and Shaping International Futures (Paradigm 2006), Reducing Global Poverty (Paradigm and Oxford University Press, 2009), Advancing Global Education (Paradigm and Oxford University Press, 2010), Improving Global Health (Paradigm and Oxford University Press, 2011), Building Global Infrastructure (Paradigm and Oxford University Press, 2013), Strengthening Governance Globally (Paradigm and Oxford University Press, 2014), Exploring and Understanding International Futures: Building Global Model Systems (Elsevier 2018), as well as articles in publications including World Politics, International Organization, International Studies Quarterly, Futures, L'Express, Energy Policy, Policy Studies Review, International Political Science Review, Simulation and Gaming, Economic Development and Cultural Change, Bulletin of the World Health Organization, Sustainability, PLoS One, Climatic Change, Technological Forecasting and Social Change, and World Development.
Contact: University of Denver, Denver, Colorado 80208
Email: email@example.comSenior Scientist & Mentor
M.S. Dhaka University, Bangladesh, Department of Physics
M.A. University of Denver, Josef Korbel School of International Studies
Ph.D. University of Denver, Josef Korbel School of International Studies
Mohammod has worked with IFs since 1999 and has been responsible for developing and expanding core model features, specifically the Education and Government Finance models. Contact Mohammod with questions that relate specifically to education forecasts within IFs, as well as questions about forward linkages from the education model to other models within IFs.
Though he continues to work closely with our team in Denver, he now lives with his wife and family in northern California.
Phone: 303.871.4479Research Consultant
Abigail Kabandula is a Zambian born global governance and human security expert. Abigail holds a doctoral degree in Global Governance and Human Security from John W. McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies at the University of Massachusetts (UMass Boston), dual master’s degrees in Global Governance and Human Security from UMass Boston, and Historical Studies from University of Cape Town (UCT). She also has an Honors Degree in Social Sciences from UCT, and bachelor’s degree from the University of Zambia.
At the Frederick S. Pardee Center for International Futures, Abigail works as a Research Scientist researching and writing on myriad issues in international development, security, and the environment. Prior to working at the Pardee Center, Abigail worked as a researcher at Centers for Conflict Resolution (CCR) and Social Science Research (CSSR) in Cape Town. In addition, Abigail has worked extensively with non-profit and civil society organizations across Southern Africa through her work as democracy program associate at Heinrich Böll Foundation Southern Africa regional office in Cape Town.
Abigail enjoys bike riding, playing tennis, reading English and African literature, and international travel.Research Scientist
B.A. in Psychology from Schreiner University, Kerrville, Texas, 2011
M.A. in Political Science from Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas, 2013
M.A. in Political Science from Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 2016
Ph.D in Political Science from Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 2018
Austin S. Matthews started as a Research Associate at the Pardee Center in the fall of 2018 and transitioned to the role of Research Scientist in spring of 2020. He received his Ph.D in Political Science from Louisiana State University in May 2018. His dissertation examined the use of targeted repression by dictators against their political allies. Austin was the recipient of a U.S. Department of State Title VIII Fellowship in 2016, which he used to acquire critical languages training in Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian. He has presented original research as a panelist at the Midwest Political Science Association and Southern Political Science Association annual conferences. Austin's work at the Pardee Center focuses on projects examining international security and cooperation.
Email: Austin.Matthews@du.eduResearch Scientist
B.A. in Finance and International Development fromColorado State University
M.A. Global Finance, Trade, and Economic Integration, University of Denver - Josef Korbel School of International Studies
Kaylin graduated in June from Korbel with a masters in Global Finance Trade and Economic Integration. She received her bachelor’s degree from Colorado State University in Finance and International Development and worked in finance in Spain and the US before returning to school. She is especially interested in ESG finance and sustainable development. In her free time, she loves any and all outdoor activities (running, biking, backpacking, skiing, rollerblading).
For the past two years, she has worked at the Pardee Center as a Research Aide and Fellow as well as interned with the United Nations Development Programme’s Strategic Policy Unit in New York in the summer of 2019. In her time at Pardee, Kaylin has contributed to important work at the center through writing, literature review, and analysis on a variety of research projects – recent highlights include working on a project to estimate and project the gender gap in poverty for UN Women and co-authoring forthcoming reports on COVID-19’s effects on global poverty and on development in Africa. Simultaneously, she has also been an important part of maintaining and advancing the International Futures model through serving as the project lead for the IFs Data Team and now leading the IFs Resource and Documentation Team.
Email: Kaylin.McNeil@du.eduResearch Associate
A.A.S. in Criminal Justice from the Community College of the Air Force, 2014
B.A. in Political Science from American Military University, 2015
M.P.P. in Public Policy from Georgetown University, 2018
Collin J. Meisel came to the Pardee Center’s Diplometrics Project in the fall of 2018 and transitioned to the role of Diplometrics Program Lead in spring of 2020. Prior to Pardee, Collin researched issues related to chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear terrorism at the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism's (START) Unconventional Weapons and Technology division. Before START, Collin served for 8 years as a Security Forces member in the U.S. Air Force, which included leading and advising security teams for Special Air Missions transporting the Vice President of the United States, First Lady, Secretaries of State and Defense, and other national and military leaders domestically and abroad.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgProgram Lead Diplometrics, Research Associate
Pardee Center Director
B.A. University of Bluffton, Bluffton Ohio, International Business, 2002
M.A. University of Denver, Josef Korbel School of International Studies, 2007
Ph.D. University of Denver, Josef Korbel School of International Studies, 2012
Jonathan D. Moyer is Assistant Professor at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies and Director of the Frederick S. Pardee Center for International Futures. He works across various research areas, extending and using the International Futures (IFs) integrated assessment platform. Jonathan studies patterns of human development through funded research for organizations like the African Union Development Agency and the United Nations. He leads the creation of new data and tools to better understand and analyze international relations contributing to reports such as the U.S. National Intelligence Council Global Trends 2030. Jonathan also researches patterns and drivers of state fragility and failure most notably as Lead Co-Principal Investigator on a five-year Minerva grant.
Cell Phone: 01.215.872.4927
Office Phone: 01.303.871.2443Director, Assistant Professor
B.A. Political Science & International Studies, West Virginia University, 2011
M.A. International Studies, University of Denver, 2013
M.S. Business Analytics, University of Denver, 2017
Mickey Rafa joined the IFs team in December 2011 as a graduate student at Korbel. During his time at the Pardee Center, Mickey has contributed across a variety of research projects that include data creation (measuring membership in intergovernmental organizations across time), exploratory data analysis (evaluating new data on human trafficking by origin, destination, and type), and development trends analysis and forecasting. Mickey’s primary research focus is on the subnational projects of the Pardee Center in South Africa (with the Western Cape Government) and Uganda (with USAID/The Learning Contract). In 2017, Mickey led original research on exploring methods for developing subnational GDP estimates in Uganda using satellite imagery. His current professional interests include data visualization, complex data analysis (including text and geospatial), and using R for various data science applications.
Phone: 303.871.6673Assistant Director of Research Operations
B.S. UCA, El Salvador, Industrial Engineering 1997
M.S. University of Denver, Department of Computer Sciences, 2003
M.S. University of Denver, Department of Finance, 2005
José Solórzano is a Senior Consultant with the Frederick S. Pardee Center. He is a substantive contributor to the modeling code and graphical user interface of both the online and desktop versions of IFs. José has worked with IFs since March of 2001. He has made countless improvements to the usability of IFs and has created specialized display features such as the Packaged Display, Poverty Display, SAM Display, and Sustainable Development Goals dashboards, among others. Academically, José is interested in Financial Modeling and Financial Crisis Analysis.
Contact José if you have technical questions about the IFs model. He lives and works in San Salvador, El Salvador and can be contacted in English, Spanish or French.
Email: email@example.comLead System Developer
BSBA, Business Information and Analytics, University of Denver 2020
B.A. Computer Science and International Studies, University of Denver 2020
M.A. International Security Studies, University of Denver, expected 2023
Cory Vandenberg began work for the Pardee Center as a Research Aide in 2019 and began as a member of the Military Inventory Project under the Diplometrics Program. The following year, he transitioned to the Pardee Center's Statistics and Data Visualization Team where he worked until September of 2020. He now works as a Systems Developer for the Pardee Center and is pursuing his M.A. in International Security with Korbel, part-time. He expects to be completed with his MA in 2023 and is interested in pursuing a Ph.D. in International Studies after.
Cory hopes to focus his future academic work on quantitative research methods, the potential impacts of Information Communication Technology on state stability, and the use of internet search data for foreign policy analysis.
When not working at the Pardee Center, Cory develops video games, does long-distance running, skis, cooks, and volunteers as a public speaking coach for The University of Denver’s Mock Trial Team.System Developer
BS, Mathematics, Hunan University 2014
MA, Statistics, University of Missouri-Columbia 2017
PhD Research Methods and Statistics, University of Denver, Morgridge College of Education, expected Spring 2021
Xiong Yutang began working with the Pardee Center as a Research Aide in the summer of 2018 and joined the International Futures (IFs) Data Team as the Data Operations Manager in Fall 2019. He received his B.S. in Mathematics from Hunan University in China and his M.A. in Statistics from the University of Missouri-Columbia. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Research Methods and Statistics from the Morgridge College of Education at the University of Denver.
Yutang’s research interests lie in various areas and one of his current focuses is missing data analysis, especially within multilevel non-normal models. At the Pardee Center, he serves as a data expert maintaining data updates and providing data tools for research needs.
Email: Yutang.Xiong@du.eduData Operations Manager