2012 Abbasi Program/AALIMS Conference Presenters

Posted on February 27th, 2012 in Uncategorized

Seven Agir is Postdoctoral Associate at Yale University. She received her Ph.D. in Near Eastern Studies from Princeton University with a dissertation on Ottoman and Spanish grain policies in the second half of the eighteenth century. As a Postdoctoral Associate at the Economic History Program at Yale University, she is currently revising her work on the organizational features of Ottoman grain trade and working on a collaborative project about the commodity markets of Istanbul during 1774-1807.

Mohamad Al-Ississ is Assistant Professor in the School of Business and School of Global Affairs and Public Policy at the American University in Cairo, and also Lecturer of Economics at the Harvard Kennedy School. He received his B.A. in Economics from Harvard College, his M.A. in Middle Eastern Studies and his M.A. in Public Administration and International Development from Harvard University, and Ph.D. in Public Policy & Economic Development from the Harvard Kennedy School.  His research focuses on the impact of beliefs on financial markets, specifically the cross-border impact of political violence and religious experience on financial markets, and the effect of insurance on trust and trustworthiness in the Middle East.

Jean-Paul Carvalho is Assistant Professor of Economics at University of California, Irvine. He received his D.Phil in Economics from the University of Oxford. As an applied game theorist, he studies issues of political economy relating to culture, identity and institutions.  In 2009-10, he was also a Robert Solow Fellow of the Cournot Centre for Economic Studies in Paris and was a past recipient of the John Monash Scholarship which is presented by the Governor General of Australia.

Eric Chaney is Assistant Professor of Economics at Harvard University. He received his B.S.in Mathematics  and B.A. in Economics from Stanford University, and his Ph.D. in Economics from University of California, Berkeley.  His research interests include economic history, political economy, applied econometrics, development, and Middle Eastern history.

Arya Gaduh is Ph.D. Candidate in Economics at the University of Southern California. He received his M.Phil in Economics from Cambridge University. His research focuses on the (micro-)economics of development with particular attention to how social contexts — such as religion, culture and social networks — interacts with economic incentives to affect behavior.  Prior to graduate school, he worked as an evaluation consultant at the World Bank Jakarta office (2004-2011) and an economic policy researcher at CSIS in Jakarta (1996-2004).

Rachel Gillum is Ph.D Candidate in Political Science at Stanford University, where she concentrates in International Relations and Comparative politics.  She received her B.A. in Political Science from the University of Washington, and her M.A. in Political Science from Stanford University. Her primary interests include identity politics, Middle East politics, security, and public opinion research- both within the United States and internationally. Her doctoral dissertation explores the effect of the post-9/11 environment on the American Muslim community’s identity and political activity through a combination of large-n survey analysis and individual interviews.

Saumitra Jha is Assistant Professor of Political Economy in the Graduate School of Business and Assistant Professor of Economy and Political Science in the School of Humanities and Sciences at Stanford University. His research uses a combination of economic theory and empirical analysis to investigate the processes by which cultural and political institutions have developed historically, and to draw new strategies for contemporary development policy. He is particularly interested in formal and informal mechanisms that have been successful in fostering tolerance and cooperation among members of different social and ethnic groups.

David Laitin is the James T. Watkins IV and Elise V. Watkins Professor of Political Science at Stanford University. He received his B.A. in Political Science from Swarthmore College and his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley. His research interests include comparative politics, nation-state formation, ethnic conflict, and religion. He has been a recipient of fellowships from the Howard Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the Russell Sage Foundation. He is an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Sciences

Avital Livny is  Ph.D. Candidate in Political Science at Stanford University. She received her M.Phil. in Modern Middle Eastern Studies from Oxford University. Her dissertation project, entitled “A State of Distrust: Inefficient Regulation and Islamic Mobilization in Turkey and the Muslim World”€, examines Islamic activism as a case of identity-based mobilization. Her research interests include comparative politics, political institutions, political methodology,  comparative politics of identity, identity-based mobilization, and party ideology, with a particular focus on the Middle East.

Erik Meyersson is Assistant Professor in the Stockholm Institute of Transition Economics (SITE) at the Stockholm School of Economics. He received his Ph.D. in Economics from Stockholm University, and was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the London School of Economics in 2010-2011. His research interests focus on the political economics of development with a particular interest in the political and economic effects of Islamic democratic participation.

Richard Nielsen  is Ph.D. Candidate in the Government Department at Harvard University. He received his B.A. in Political Science from Brigham Young University, and his A.M. in Statistics from Harvard University.  His dissertation explores the politics of Islamic law, focusing on Islamic legal rulings called fatwas. His research interests include comparative politics, international relations, and political methodology.

Jean-Philippe Platteauis Professor of Economics and Director of the Centre of Research for Development Economics at the University of Namur, Belgium. His research focuses primarily on the role of institutions in economic development, the processes of institutional change, and the influence of non economic factors and various frontier issues at the interface between economics and sociology.

Jared Rubin is Assistant Professor at Chapman University and Executive Director of Association for the Study of Religion, Economics, and Culture (ASREC). He received his Ph.D. in Economics from Stanford University. He is an economic historian interested in the economic history of the Middle East and Western Europe. His research focuses on how the relationship between political and religious authorities has differentially affected economic outcomes in the two regions.

Mohamed Saleh is Ph.D. Candidate in Economics at the University of Southern California. He received his B.Sc. B.Sc. Economics from Cairo University, and his M.A. in Economics from the University of Southern California. His research interests include economic history, development economics,  economics of the Middle East, labor economics, applied microeconomics, and econometrics. Currently, he is working toward his dissertation titled “Muslims, Christians, and Jews in 19th and 20th Century Egypt: Human Capital Differences, Urban Segregation, and Modernization.”

Ali Yaycioglu is Assistant Professor of History at Stanford University. He received his M.A. in Ottoman History from Bilkent University, and his Ph.D. from Harvard University. His research interests include the Ottoman Empire, with particular emphasis on the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, history of economic and political institutions, history of empires in global context and modern Turkey. Currently, he is working on a book project that examines the rise of the provincial notables in different parts of the Ottoman World and their challenge to the imperial system, and another collaborative project on the imaginations of the imperial space in the Ottoman World and beyond.

Basit Zafar (Federal Reserve Bank of New York) is an economist in the Microeconomic and Regional Studies Function at Federal Reserve Bank of New York, with particular interests in labor economics, economics of education, and applied microeconomics. His research focuses on understanding how individuals make decisions, such as human capital investments, under uncertainty. His work employs a disparate set of empirical methods and techniques including the use of subjective expectations data and experimental data. Basit holds a Ph.D. from Northwestern University and a B.Sc. from California Institute of Technology.



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