Professor Rajesh Veeraraghavan recently published new research on technology-enabled cash transfers. According to a case study analyzed by Veeraraghavan and his colleagues, “technological solutions in the domain of government-to-citizen cash transfers are far from perfect.”
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Professor Shareen Joshi, Assistant Professor of Global Human Development, conducted a World Bank study which found that inequality within caste groups in India may actually be higher than inequality between caste groups.
Based on original field research, the book offers a vivid account of how information and communication technologies are reconfiguring social movements while also providing a theoretical framework for understanding activism in the information age.
Professors Mark Busch and Rodney Ludema from the Department of Economics contribute to a UKTPO briefing concerning the trade relationship between the United States and the United Kingdom, the terms of the agreement, and pubic support for the agreement.
Professor Elizabeth Ferris, on World Refugee Day, writes about the three traditional durable solutions for refugee displacement and how organizations are moving to self-reliance and a theory of “graduating” from humanitarian aid. She discusses the positive and negative consequences of this approach.
Professor Marko Klasnja published a new article on “corruption traps.” The study links “politician, voter, and entrant behavior” to demonstrate that changing expectations among one set of actors is unlikely to eliminate corruption traps.
Professor Christine Fair published new research on the relationship between support for Islamism and support for democracy. Using carefully assembled survey data from Pakistan, Fair’s team concludes that “formalizing an Islamic government as one that implements Shari`a by providing services and security for its citizens is positively associated with support for democratic values, whereas conceptualizing it as one that implements Shari`a by imposing hudud punishments and restricting women’s public roles is positively associated with support for militancy.”
SFS assistant professor Emily Mendenhall co-authored a paper on societal factors that influence the prevalence of type 2 diabetes. The research suggests that, “for millions, type 2 diabetes is a disease of crisis and displacement not poor lifestyle choices.
SFS professor Anna Maria Mayda has co-authored a working paper analyzing the relationship between immigration and voter preferences. “We find that an increase in low-skilled immigrants affects the vote of U.S. counties in different ways, but in general tends to push voters towards the Republican Party. Non-urban, low-skill counties with high local public spending strongly increased their Republican vote share in response to low-skilled immigration.”
Victor Cha, D.S. Song-KF Professorship in Government and International Affairs, co-authored a report on the state of public health inside North Korea. The report explains how NK’s neglect of public health has potentially destabilizing consequences for the peninsula.
SFSQ Professor Mohamed Zayani has published a new book titled Digital Middle East: State and Society in the Information Age. Published by Oxford University Press and Hurst, the book sheds a critical light on continuing changes that are closely associated with the adoption of information and communication technologies in the Middle East region.
Professor Yuhki Tajima co-authored a study on ethnic diversity and public goods provision in Indonesia by assessing the role of the spatial distribution of ethnic groups.
Sarah Stewart Johnson, astrobiologist and Science, Technology, and International Affairs professor, published an article in Astrobiology about a new strategy for non-terran life detection. With a genome sequencer, “fingerprints” of life on other planets and moons could be identified.
SFS Professor Kate McNamara has been awarded the International Studies Association’s 2018 Distinguished Scholar Award in International Political Economy. McNamara, who also teaches at the Department of Government, is an expert on markets, culture, and politics in the European Union and the United States.
SFS Professor Angela Stent features in a Brookings expert discussion report entitled “Restoring equilibrium: U.S. policy options for countering and engaging Russia.” According to Stent “the main point is that Russia does not have a positive agenda. We are constantly trying to prevent Russia from
being more of a spoiler than it is.”
SFS Professor Mastro co-authored a report with Ian Easton on “China’s Emerging Air Base Strike Threat” for the Project 2049 Institute. The report “seeks to provide an overview of the evolving airpower challenge that the United States faces in the Western Pacific and beyond.”
SFS Professor Theodore Moran wrote a working paper on the effect of foreign investment on growth and welfare gains in developing countries. By focusing on supply chain creation in horticulture in particular, Moran analyzes why some developing countries have become better exporters than others.
Dr. Irfan Nooruddin, SFS Professor and elections specialist, published quantitative research analyzing vote tampering in the 2017 Honduran Presidential Election at the request of the Organization of American States. Dr. Joel Simmons, Associate Professor, assisted with the analysis.
John Tutino, Professor of History and Foreign Service, launched his new book, The Mexican Heartland How Communities Shaped Capitalism, a Nation, and World History, in a talk with Professor John McNeill at the Mortara Center for International Studies.
A paper published in Nature Geoscience by an international research team that includes Georgetown’s Sarah Stewart Johnson recommends an unconventional strategy to look for the possibility of life on Mars.
SFSQ Professor Mohamed Zayani’s book, Networked Publics and Digital Contention (Oxford UP, 2015), has been awarded the 2017 “Communication, Information Technologies, and Media Sociology Book Award” from the American Sociological Association (ASA).
Professor Adely discusses how flawed quality measures often shape our understanding of education in the Middle East and what a closer look at these measures can tell us.
Meeting the educational needs of refugees and displaced people, particularly the need for higher education, is considered one of the greatest humanitarian challenges facing the international community in its response to the Syrian crisis.
Professor Ariane Tabatabai published new research regarding the future of the Iran Nuclear Deal, and Tehran-Washington relations more broadly, for the Cato Institute. She argues that the Trump administration should affirm its commitment to the deal and work to engage Iran in the global economy.