Melissa Dell is a Professor of Economics at Harvard University and a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research. Her research interests include development economics, political economy, and economic history. In 2018, her research was awarded the prestigious Elaine Bennett Research Prize, which his awarded annually by the American Economic Association, to recognize and honor outstanding research in any field of economics by a female academic not more than seven years beyond her Ph.D. and in the same year she was also awarded the Calvó-Armengol International Prize for economics. She has also been the recipient of an Andrew Carnegie Fellowship an Alfred Sloan Fellowship and a Rhodes Scholar. In 2014 the International Monetary Fund named Professor Melissa Dell as the youngest of ‘Twenty-five economists under the age of 45 shaping thought about the global economy.’ In December 2018 The Economist magazine named her as one of “the decade’s eight best young economists.” Professor Melissa Dell serves on the Editorial Board of Econometrica and on the Editorial Board of Explorations in Economic History, as an Associate Editor of The Journal of the European Economic Association and is Foreign Editor of The Review of Economic Studies. She holds a PhD in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.