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Friday, February 15, India Initiative Seminar: Thad Dunning, Yale University

February 13, 2013

The upcoming Brown-India Initiative seminar will feature Thad Dunning of Yale University.  On Friday, February 15, Professor Dunning will deliver a lecture titled “Parties, Caste, and Distribution in India: Grassroots Political Mobilization in Cross-State Perspective.” The event is free and open to the public. It will be held in the Joukowsky Forum at the Watson Institute for International Studies at 2:30 PM. A discussion and reception will follow. 

Thad Dunning is Associate Professor of Political Science, a research fellow at Yale’s Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies as well as the Institution for Social and Policy Studies, and co-director, with Giovanni Maggi, of Yale’s Leitner Program in International and Comparative Political Economy. He studies comparative politics, political economy, and methodology. His first book, Crude Democracy: Natural Resource Wealth and Political Regimes (2008, Cambridge University Press), won the Best Book Award from the Comparative Democratization Section of the American Political Science Association and the Gaddis Smith Prize, for the best first book on an international topic by a member of the Yale faculty. His current work on ethnic and other cleavages draws on field and natural experiments and qualitative fieldwork in Latin America, India, and Africa. Dunning has also written on a range of methodological topics; his second book, Natural Experiments in the Social Sciences: A Design-Based Approach (2012, Cambridge University Press), develops a framework for the discovery, analysis, and evaluation of strong research designs. His work has appeared in the American Political Science Review, Comparative Political Studies, International Organization, Journal of Conflict Resolution, Political Analysis, Studies in Comparative International Development, and other journals. He received a Ph.D. degree in political science and an M.A. degree in economics from the University of California, Berkeley (2006).