Working Group in Politics of Development

The Working Group in Politics of Development is a collaborative effort between UCSD faculty and students studying politics in developing countries. The purpose of the group is to provide community, professional development, and general support to students and faculty at UCSD. 

The group meets to discuss early research ideas and works-in-progress. The group occasionally features guest presenters.

Currently, WGPOD meets weekly via Zoom. Beginning in July 2022, WGPOD will meet every Wednesday at 5pm PST.

Summer 2022 WGPOD Schedule

  • July 1 – “Ethnicity is not a Public Service Destiny: The Political Logic of Service Distribution in South Africa” – Clark Gibson
  • July 20 – “Identity, Information, and Voting: Lessons from a Survey Experiment on African Elections” – Karen Ferree
  • August 17 – “Giving Input: How Producer Organizations Help African Farmers Get State Benefits” – Brian Engelsma
  • September 7 – “Daring to Cross: Voting for the Out-Group in African Elections” – Brian Engelsma and Clark Gibson

Past Presenters

  • April 14 – “Local Majorities” – Richard Bluhm
  • April 21 – “Nonstate Welfare Provision in Slums: Experimental Evidence from Brazil” – Leonardo Bueno
  • May 12 – Presentation – Brian Engelsma
  • May 19 – “Daring to Cross” – Brian Engelsma and Clark GibsonĀ 
  • May 26 – Seminar Paper Discussion – Linh Le
  • June 2 – Seminar Paper Discussion – Leonardo Bueno

Get Involved

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