POLS Y343: The Politics of International Development (Spring 2017)
Why do some countries successfully develop prosperous economies while others remain poor? Within countries, why are some people able to enter the middle or upper class while others remain in poverty? These questions are of great academic and policy interest. This course will be divided into two parts. First, it will explore major arguments for cross-national variation in economic development based on geography, ethnicity, institutions, and poverty traps. While these discussions incorporate perspectives from many academic disciplines, we will remain interested throughout in the role of political power. Second, it will cover a sample of topics related to international development, including foreign aid, corruption, armed conflict, and migration. This part of the course will remain flexible to incorporate discussion of relevant current events. All told, students in this class will gain a broad understanding of why countries have diverged in their development outcomes to date, as well as how several critical topics relate to economic and political development.
Great Decisions (2015 & 2016)
In my efforts to use my research to engage with local communities beyond academia, I have given lectures on Syrian migration and international migration more broadly. These lectures were given to participants of the Great Decisions series, which was developed by the private, non-partisan Foreign Policy Association in New York City. Residents of Columbus, Indiana attended these events in an effort to improve their understandings of global affairs.