Dr. Don Babai is a lecturer in international political economy at Harvard University and a research associate at its Center for Middle Eastern Studies. His publications include works on international economic institutions, including the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, and the World Trade Organization. He has also published articles on topics such business ethics in the Middle East and the evolution of thinking about development as reflected in “Washington Consensus.” He is currently working on two projects: a book under contract with Edward Elgar, titled Business and the State in Saudi Arabia: Beyond Patriarchy?, and a festschrift, consisting of twelve essays on business history, in honor of Roger Owen, dean of economic historians of the Middle East. He has also served as editor of Harvard Middle Eastern and Islamic Review, Harvard’s principal journal dealing with the Middle East and the world of Islam. He has done consulting work for several organizations, including the World Bank and the Japan Economic Research Institute.
Besides Harvard, he has taught at Boston University, the University of Maryland, College Park, the University of California, Davis, and the University of California, Berkeley. He has a doctorate in international relations from the University of California, Berkeley.