Janine Wedel is a Fellow at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin. She is a Professor in the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University. Wedel is a pioneer in applying anthropological insights to topics dominated by political scientists, economists, or sociologists. She writes about governing, corruption, foreign aid, and influence elites through the lens of a social anthropologist. Winner of the Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order (previous winners include Mikhail Gorbachev and Samuel Huntington), Wedel is also a four-time Fulbright fellow and recipient of awards from the National Science Foundation, MacArthur Foundation, Social Science Research Council, German Marshall Fund, Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, Ford Foundation, and Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, among others.