Interdisciplinary Perspectives on International Development (IPID) started with a handful of graduate students in the College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) and the Humphrey School of Public Affairs who shared a common interest in international development issues. With the support of its original faculty advisers—Dr. Frances Vavrus (CEHD), Dr. Sherry Gray (Humphrey School), and Dr. Christopher Johnstone (CEHD)—IPID received a start-up grant and established the IPID student group and the online journal, Reconsidering Development.
Today, IPID is a platform for discussion, debate, and learning about international development across the University of Minnesota. The 2018-2019 faculty advisor is Dr. Ken Bartlett, a professor and graduate program coordinator from the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development.
IPID members come from a variety of departments at the University of Minnesota, including the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, the program in Comparative and International Development Education, the School of Public Health, and the Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Global Change, among others.