Gerald Hyman

Gerald Hyman
  • Gerald F. (“Jerry”) Hyman is both a senior adviser and president of the Hills Program on Governance at CSIS. He provides assistance to the Hills-affiliated network of centers in Asia, Latin America, and Africa, manages the Hills Program in the United States, and conducts his own research on a variety of topics, especially democracy and governance. He is also a member of the Advisory Council to the Center for International Media Assistance of the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) and is a member of the Research Council of the NED’s International Forum for Democratic Studies. Over the past few years, he has conducted democracy and governance assessments for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Jordan, Serbia, South Africa, South Sudan, and Ukraine. He served with USAID from 1990 to 2007 and was director of its Office of Democracy and Governance from 2002 to 2007. Prior to joining USAID, he practiced law in Washington, D.C., with Covington & Burling.

    Between 1970 and 1982, Hyman taught courses on anthropology, social theory, modernization, economic development, American Indians, and Southeast Asia in the Departments of Sociology and Anthropology at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. He holds a B.A. in philosophy and a Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Chicago and a J.D. from the University of Virginia. He is the author of a number of articles and commentaries.