The Catholic University of America
Business and Economics Faculty

Mark Hanssen – Integral Economic Development Lecturer


Dr. Hanssen holds a Ph.D. in Economics, specializing in the history of economic thought, from the Universidad de Navarra in Pamplona, Spain, and currently serves as Executive Director of CODESPA America, an independent US-based NGO that partners with Fundación CODESPA, a Spanish international development non-profit, in creating economic opportunities for the impoverished in Africa, the Americas and Asia. His prior experience includes several years working out of Vienna, Austria on civil society development in Eastern Europe and the Caucasus to advocate for political and economic reform -- as well as serving as TA teaching sociology and philosophy of economics and organizing economics faculty conferences on international development in Africa at the Universidad de Navarra while earning his doctorate. Mark also holds BA in Politics and an MA in Philosophy from the University of Dallas.


Selected Publications

The Ontological Foundations of Michel Foucault's Philosophy of History, University of Dallas Master Series in Philosophy, University of Dallas, 2007

“The Mendicant Preachers and the Merchant's Soul: The Civilization of Commerce in the Late Middle Ages and Early Renaissance Italy.” Universidad de Navarra, 2014.

In His Words ...

I am interested in conveying the fundamental role of ethics and culture in international development, on the macro theoretical level and on the day to day project level. I want to help students see the importance of keeping the higher aspirations of integral human development in focus when thinking about economic life, when designing projects and dealing with project participants.– Mark Hanssen


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The Catholic University of America
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  • IEDM/ IEDP 510 – Foundations of an Ethical Social and Economic Development



University de Navarra, Ph.D., Economics

University of Dallas, M.A., Philosophy

University of Dallas, B.S., Politics