Gina Yannitell Reinhardt Ph.d.

Research Support

My various research projects have been supported by generous grants from:

Appointments and Fellowships

Since September 2015, I have been working at the University of Essex in Colchester, Essex, UK, joining the prestigious Department of Government and its impressive list of scholars.  Since June 2016, I have been leading the Evaluation Work Program of the Catalyst Project, funded by HEFCE.

In early 2014, I was named a Fellow of the prestigious ARC, the AidData Research Consortium. Funded by USAID’s Higher Education Solutions Network (HESN), the AidData Center for Development Policy has mobilized this consortium of more than one hundred scholars to conduct cutting-edge research on development issues that will support evidence-based policy and program decisions by practitioners. This consortium leverages in seven thematic areas: environment and climate change, economic growth, food security, global health, humanitarian assistance and disaster mitigation, stable democracy and governance, and conflict mitigation. I have been part of the group focusing on humanitarian assistance and disaster mitigation, with a goal to make information on development finance more actionable for decision-making.

In 2007-08, I served as a Congressional Fellow under the American Political Science Association Congressional Fellowship Program. After interviewing with several potential personal and committee offices, I took a position with the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations. While there, I also participated in investigations into foreign corruption, tax havens, Medicare fraud, credit card and government credit card abuse.


  • The Silver Star Award, 2011.  At the Bush School, graduating students each year give one MPSA professor and one MPIA professor a Silver Star Award for outstanding dedication and service.  The Bush School class of 2011 awarded Reinhardt with the Silver Star upon their graduation.
  • The Student Led Award for Teaching Excellence (SLATE), Fall 2008 and Fall 2009.  At Texas A&M, the Student Led Award for Teaching Excellence (SLATE) is given to outstanding teachers and lecturers based on quality of instruction. Students evaluate their instructors and form a university-wide committee to choose the top-evaluated faculty from across the campus. After reviewing teaching evaluations, teaching philosophies, supervisor evaluations, and grade distributions, the awards committee selects the top 15% of nominees to receive awards. Professor Yannitell Reinhardt has received the highest level of SLATE award (top 3%) for her introductory methods course.