Villanova University Outstanding Faculty Research Award
Dr. Kilby is the recipient of this year’s Villanova University Outstanding Faculty Research Award which is presented to a faculty member who demonstrates the highest standards of excellence in their research, scholarship, and contributions to their field. Given the tremendous quality of academic research undertaken throughout Villanova’s campus, this award clearly reflects Dr. Kilby’s exceptional work.
Joining VSB in 2008, Kilby is a pioneer in the field of Development Economics, most notably through his investigation of how political factors affect the allocation of aid by the World Bank. His innovative empirical research has had a substantial impact on how economists, political scientists, and development professionals think about the political and institutional determinants of foreign aid. The significance of his work is demonstrated by the high number of citations from his published works, proving that he is respected nationally and internationally. He is a long-time member of the program committee for the annual Political Economy of International Organizations (PIEO) conference and is on the editorial board of the Review of International Organizations.
“I am humbled to receive this award,” said Dr. Kilby. “At the time I started work on the political economy of international financial institutions, the field did not exist. It has been exciting to see interest in this area blossom over the years to deepen our understanding of how international development finance works (and doesn’t work). VSB’s support for high quality, academic scholarship has made this possible.”