Courses Taught – University of Massachusetts Amherst
Government and Politics of South Asian (Fall, 2018)
Corporate Lobbying in the Global Economy (Spring, 2017)
Introduction to Comparative Politics (Spring, 2019, 2018; Fall, 2016)
Comparative Political Economy (Fall, 2017)
International Political Economy (Fall, 2015)
Selected Course Descriptions
Introduction to Comparative Politics (POLSCI 111)
What is the state and what are its historical origins? What is the difference between strong states and weak states? Why are some regimes democratic and others authoritarian? How and why does wealth inequality affect people within and across different countries? How are transnational flows of people and ideas affecting the nature of our political world? How does the reality of climate change affect our collective political futures? This course addresses these and other pressing questions through a historically and empirically grounded approach that compares how different countries, societies and regions have experienced phenomenon like state formation, economic development, and social transformation.
Government and Politics of South Asian (POLISCI 391)
What is South Asia and why does it matter? What does it mean to study South Asia as a geographically, politically and culturally defined region of the world? Are all South Asian countries the same? What kinds of institutions, governance practices, and politics do South Asian countries have? What can the South Asian experience tell us about abstract concepts like democracy, development, and globalization? This course answers these questions by drawing on the historically and empirically grounded perspective of countries like India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka, while also drawing intermittently on Nepal and Bhutan.
Comparative Urbanism: Imaginaries, Economies, Politics (TBD)
In the 21st century, cities have come to exemplify the nature of our global world. Cities not only exhibit the pinnacle of socioeconomic development, but also the challenges of inequality and social conflict. With over half of the world’s population now residing in urban areas, we are not only living in an age of “global cities”, “world-class cities” and “megacities”, but also of “undercities”, “at-risk cities” and “violent cities.” But what makes cities distinctive? How do cities shape our political, economic and social lives? And, as cities begin to manifest the climate-addled nature of our planet, what challenges and prospects does city-living entail? This goal of this course is to introduce students to the nature of urban society and politics. Students will learn about the theories, debates and methodological approaches that characterize the interdisciplinary field of urban studies. Rather than focusing on any single metropolitan area or group of cities, this course uses the concept of “the urban” to explore various historically and geographically diverse contexts such as London, New York, and Paris, as well as Dubai, Cairo, São Paolo, Delhi, Baltimore, Detroit, Mumbai and Karachi.