M. Najeeb Shafiq - Awards and Honors
Faculty - Executive Director of CIES

Contributing Author, World Development Report 2018

Feb 2018
M. Najeeb Shafiq (Professor of Education, Economics, and International Affairs) contributed to the 2018 World Development Report (WDR): Learning to Realize Education's Promise. The WDR is the World Bank's flagship report and each WDR provides in-depth analysis of a specific aspect of economic development. Past WDRs have considered such topics as agriculture, public services delivery, the role of the state, labor, infrastructure, health, the environment, and poverty. The 2018 WDR is "the first ever devoted entirely to education." With colleagues at the World Bank, Professor Shafiq prepared background papers that used novel data and econometric methods to examine schooling (early childhood, elementary, secondary, and higher education levels), cognitive skills, socio-emotional skills, equity, and social mobility in low- and middle-income countries.

Global Fellow, Washington and Lee University

Jan 2016
Press release excerpt: "Najeeb Shafiq, an associate professor of education, economics and international affairs at the University of Pittsburgh, will lecture at Washington and Lee University as part of the Winter 2016 Global Fellows Seminar: Tradition and Change in the Middle East and South Asia. His talk will be Jan. 20, 2016, at 5 p.m. in Hillel 101. Shafiq’s talk is sponsored by the Center for International Education with the support of the Christian A. Johnson Endeavor Foundation. He will speak on “Is Education a Panacea? Evidence from the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia.” The talk is free and open to the public."

Institute for Education Sciences (IES) Visiting Scholar, Michigan State University

Oct 2015
Description on MSU page: "On the third Friday of each month of the academic year, the program brings a distinguished scholar in the economics of education for two-day visit to MSU. While on campus, the scholar makes a colloquium presentation open to the entire campus community. These presentations are typically from 1:30-3:00 PM in 252 Erickson Hall. The scholar also meets with smaller groups of core program faculty and students, providing opportunities to explore substantive and methodological issues in greater depth. During each visit, the scholar also has a session to which only doctoral students in the training program are invited. These "students-only" sessions give the students opportunities to hear about how each scholar's career has developed and to ask questions about their own career trajectories."

Outstanding "Journal of Education Finance" Award, National Education Finance Conference

Apr 23, 2014

This award is given annually to authors whose Journal of Education Finance article "embodies extraordinary rigor and relevance to the field of education finance. Recipients are selected by a committee of senior scholars". Co-authors: Robert K. Toutkoushian and Michael Trivette. Article: "Accounting for Risk of Non-Completion in Private and Social Rates of Return to Higher Education."

Journal of Asian Economics, “Top 10 Most Cited Articles” for the period 2007-­2012.

Jul 2012

Routledge publishing, “A Top 20 Article on the subject of ‘Comparative Politics in Developing Countries” for the period 2010-2011.

May 2012

Nominated for the Midwest Political Science Association (MPSA) Robert H. Durr Award for “the best paper applying quantitative methods to a substantive problem."

Apr 2012

Ranked #1 among “The 50 Most-Frequently Read Articles,” Journal of Conflict Resolution

Nov 2011
March-July 2010 and July-September 2011 (source: Journal of Conflict

American Educational Research Association (AERA) Grant

Apr 21, 2011
American Educational Research Association (AERA), Grants Program recipient: Faculty
Institute for the Teaching of Statistics With Large-Scale Data Sets

Burke Endowed Scholarship (for meritorious achievement), Teachers College, Columbia University


Outstanding Achievement Award, College of Arts and Sciences, State University of New York at Buffalo


University Scholarship, Teachers College, Columbia University


Presidential Honor Roll (annual university-wide award for seven students), University of Western Ontario


Student Award of Merit (annual university-wide award for five students), University of Western Ontario


Honor W Award (for service to the university community), University of Western Ontario

M. Najeeb Shafiq


University of Pittsburgh
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