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

POSTPONED: Gemma Dipoppa and Saad Gulzar — Fires: The Political Economy and Health Impacts of Crop Burning in South Asia

Friday, February 3, 2023

2:00pm - 4:00pm EST

Joukowsky Forum, 111 Thayer Street 

Arvind Subramanian, Brown University 

Gemma Dipoppa is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Brown University. Her research examines current threats to the legitimacy of the state. In Dippopa's book project, she studies how criminal organizations are expanding to the richest countries in the world. Dipoppa considers the consequences of organized crime infiltration on politics and which policies are most effective at curbing criminal governance. Strong states face important challenges also in the management of immigration. In her research, she asks what causes clashes between natives and migrants and how these fractures can be healed, and integration policies be promoted without backlash. Her work is published or forthcoming in the Journal of Politics, Comparative Political Studies, Journal of Public Economics, Journal of Law, Economics and Organizations, Journal of Industry, Competition and Trade. Before joining Brown, she received a Ph.D in political science from University of Pennsylvania and a Postdoctoral Fellowship from Stanford University.

Saad Gulzar is an Assistant Professor of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University. His research asks under what conditions can representative government – one that provides equality of voice and influence – improve people’s lives? Gulzar's work brings evidence from a number of South Asian contexts – Pakistan, India, and Nepal, home to a quarter of the world’s population. Gulzar work closely with politicians, political parties, bureaucrats, and government agencies to show that those not considered traditionally elite are in fact equally, if not more, capable of competent governance. He demonstrates that incorporating non-elite – and therefore, more representative – voices in government robustly improves policy.

Before joining Princeton, Gulzar was an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Stanford University. He received my Ph.D. in Politics at New York University in 2017. His work has received the Best Dissertation Award from American Political Science Association’s Experiments Section, as well as the Lawrence Longley Award for best article published on Representation & Electoral Systems in 2020, and the Paul A. Sabatier Award for best conference paper on Science, Technology, & Environmental Politics in 2020.


South Asia Seminar