Catherine S. M. Duggan

Assistant Professor of Business Administration

Catherine Duggan is Assistant Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School, where she teaches the Business, Government, and the International Economy (BGIE) course in the required curriculum.  Her research examines institutional development, financial-sector regulation, and economic growth in emerging markets, with a focus on sub-Saharan Africa.

Professor Duggan is the author of several Harvard Business School cases, including Nigeria: Opportunity in Crisis?, Uganda: The Constitution of Development, and Negotiating Trust: Borrowers, Lenders, and the Politics of Household Debt. Her current book project, The Institutional Foundations of Lending: Indirect Regulation and State-Building (forthcoming from Cambridge University Press), examines the evolution of credit markets, contract enforcement, and financial regulation from the middle ages into modern developing countries. A related project extends these insights to the regulation of modern microfinance, drawing on nearly two years of fieldwork in Uganda.

Professor Duggan has received numerous awards and honors. In 2013 she became the second woman in ten years to receive the Faculty Award for Outstanding Teaching in the Required Curriculum at HBS, an award determined by student vote and presented on behalf of the MBA Class of 2013. She received the award again on behalf of the MBA Class of 2014. She has also received the Charles M. Williams Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2013, and was the Berol Corporation Fellow between 2011 and 2013.

Professor Duggan received her Ph.D. in Political Science from Stanford University, where she was the G.J. Lieberman Fellow for the Social Sciences.  Prior to attending Stanford, she was an industry analyst for the telecommunications group at the law firm of Mayer, Brown & Platt (now Mayer Brown LLP), and received a B.A. with highest honors in Political Science from Brown University.

  1. Received the 2013 HBS Student Association Faculty Award for Outstanding Teaching in the Required Curriculum.

  2. Received the 2013 Charles M. Williams Award for Excellence in Teaching.