Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs
Center for Contemporary South Asia

Alison Post ─ Infrastructure Networks and Urban Inequality: The Political Geography of Water Flows in Bangalore

Friday, April 27, 2018

2:00pm – 4:00pm

Harvard University, CGIS S354

Alison Post is an Associate Professor of Political Science and Global Metropolitan Studies, and Co-Director of the Global Metropolitan Studies Program at the University of California, Berkeley.  Her research lies at the intersection of comparative urban politics and comparative political economy, with regional emphases on Latin America and South Asia.  It examines several related themes: the politics of regulating privatized infrastructure, the varying ability of subnational governments to provide infrastructure services effectively following the decentralization wave of the 1990s, and the politics of urban policy more broadly. 

Read Alison's Paper: Infrastructure Networks and Urban Inequality: The Political Geography of Water Flows in Bangalore

She is the author of Foreign and Domestic Investment in Argentina: The Politics of Privatized Infrastructure(Cambridge University Press, 2014) and articles in Comparative Politics, Governance,Perspectives on Politics, Politics & Society, Studies in Comparative International DevelopmentWorld Development, and other outlets.  She has been named a Clarence Stone Scholar (an early career award) by the Urban Politics Section of the American Political Science Association, and received U.C. Berkeley's Carol D. Soc award for mentoring graduate students. Her doctoral dissertation, “Liquid Assets and Fluid Contracts: Explaining the Uneven Effects of Water and Sanitation Privatization,” won the 2009 William Anderson award from the American Political Science Association for the best dissertation in the general field of federalism, intergovernmental relations, state or local politics. She has served as a a Marshall Scholar, a postdoctoral research scholar with the Committee on Global Thought at Columbia University, a Visiting Researcher at the Centro de Estudios de Estado y Sociedad in Buenos Aires and the U.N. Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (E.C.L.A.C.) in Santiago, and as a Researcher at L.S.E. Urban Research in London.

Joint Seminar on South Asian Politics