TOMS Shoes has grown to be a household name for its philanthropic approach to solving poverty. Yet Shawn Humphrey would argue against the popular brand’s approach to sustainable change in the under developed countries.
An associate professor of economics at the University of Mary Washington, Dr. Humphrey holds that our generation will not solve poverty. In fact, he says that we are going about solving poverty the wrong way.
The founder of the Two Dollar Challenge, Month of Microfinance, Poverty Action Conference and La Ceiba Microfinance, Dr. Humphrey takes a different approach to solving poverty that focuses on partnerships and long-lasting change in developing countries. He shares his thoughts on poverty in his blog, Blue Collar Professor.
Dr. Humphrey also serves on the Board of Directors of Students Helping Honduras, a former Clinton Global Initiative University mentor, is an Opportunity Collaboration alumnus and the 2014 Feast on Good Speaker. Currently, he is IMAGINE Social Good’s First Social Good fellow and a 2015 Social Impact media award judge.
Areas of Expertise (4)
Welfare and Poverty
Washington University in St. Louis: Ph.D., Post-Graduate Studies
Virginia Commonwealth University: M.A., Graduate Studies
Earlham College: B.A., Undergraduate Studies
Media Appearances (1)
UMW professors featured on "With Good Reason"
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Two University of Mary Washington professors will be featured on the radio program “With Good Reason” this month, according to a university news release.
Washington, D.C. – IMAGINE Social Good is excited to announce that Shawn Humphrey has joined IMAGINE as its first Social Good Fellow. Shawn is the founder of the Two Dollar Challenge, La Ceiba Microfinance, the Month of Microfinance, and the Poverty Action Conference. He is also on the Board of Directors of Students Helping Honduras, a former Clinton Global Initiative University mentor and an Opportunity Collaboration alum. Shawn is currently an Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Mary Washington, where he has taught since 2005....
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Shawn Humphrey on La Ceiba Microfinance, Tribal Teaching and Creating a Culture of Commitment in the Classroom