Teaching

Current Courses Taught

Fall/Winter 2016-17

  • None

Spring 2017

  • Undergraduate lecture: Political Economy of Development
    • Syllabus: Under development, but see this past course for a good example.
    • Description: Why are some people and places poorer and more violent than others? What can domestic reformers and idealistic foreigners do to reduce poverty and conflict? This course draws from economics, political science, history, and sociology to try to understand the causes of poverty, political instability, and political dysfunction. We also look at possible solutions. We examine common interventions and reforms — including aid, trade, military intervention, democracy promotion — and try to understand whether they are effective and why.
  • Harris School Seminar: Advanced political economy of development
    • Syllabus: Under development, but see this past course and this one for a sense of what these courses will be like.
    • Description: Development is too often seen as a technical problem to be solved, one that focuses on increasing investment, output, and technological innovation. This course argues that political order is a precursor to economic development, and explores how stable systems of political rule and peaceful competition come about, historically and in the modern day. We examine the causes and consequences of violence. And finally we discuss common interventions and reforms — including aid, trade, military intervention, and democracy promotion — and try to understand whether they promote political and economic development and why.

Past Courses

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