Charles Bailey
Adjunct Associate Professor of Public Administration

Charles Bailey has worked as a grant maker for the Ford Foundation in Asia and Africa for 32 years, including assignments in New Delhi, Cairo and Khartoum, in Dhaka as Representative for Bangladesh and in Nairobi as Representative for Eastern and Southern Africa. He was the Foundation's Representative for Vietnam and Thailand from 1997 to 2007.

Charles works to solve the lingering problems related to dioxin-contaminated Agent Orange herbicides used during the Vietnam War. Dioxin is persistent and highly toxic. It can shorten the life of humans exposed to it, and it can degrade the health of future generations. It remains a problem for thousands of American veterans and millions of Vietnamese. The Ford Foundation serves as a neutral party working with both sides-the government of Vietnam and the Government of the US-together with a bi-national citizens' committee, the US - Vietnam Dialogue Group on Agent Orange/ Dioxin. Grants fund confidence building measures, demonstration projects on healthcare and dioxin clean-up in Vietnam and public education and action in the US.

Charles graduated from Swarthmore College and joined the Peace Corps in Nepal where he taught high school. He has a PhD in agricultural economics from Cornell University and a masters degree in public policy from the Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University.


Semester Course
Fall 2012 CAP-GP.3226.002 Capstone: Advanced Projects in International Policy and Management I

Couples with CAP-GP.3227.

As part of the core curriculum of the NYU Wagner Masters program, Capstone teams spend an academic year addressing challenges and identifying opportunities for a client organization or conducting research on a pressing social question. Wagner's Capstone program provides students with a centerpiece of their graduate experience whereby they are able to experience first-hand turning the theory of their studies into practice under the guidance of an experienced faculty member. Projects require students to get up-to-speed quickly on a specific content or issue area; enhance key process skills including project management and teamwork; and develop competency in gathering, analyzing, and reporting out on data. Capstone requires students to interweave their learning in all these areas, and to do so in real time, in an unpredictable, complex, real-world environment.

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In the Press

Dealing with the Legacy of Agency Orange in Vietnam
San Francisco Chronicle