2008 Events

December 8, 2008: Stephen W. Yale-Loehr
Immigration Policy in the Obama Administration: Prospects for Change

November 14, 2008: Diane Elson
Global Governance and Gender Equality: Beyond Neoliberalism?

Diane Elson is a professor at the University of Essex and codirector of the Levy Institute's program on Gender Equality and the Economy. Her research interests are primarily on gender and development. Elson is a member of the U.N. Millennium Project Taskforce; member of the Advisory Committee for UNRISD Policy Report on Gender and Development; and vice-president, International Association for Feminist Economics. Her academic degrees include a B.A. in philosophy, politics, and economics from the University of Oxford; and a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Manchester. In 2006, she was named as one of 50 key thinkers on development.

October 24, 2008: Jomo Kwame Sundaram
Global Economic Governance and Development

Jomo Kwame Sundaram is a Malaysian economist currently serving as the United Nations Assistant Secretary General for Economic Development in the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs. He is an expert on the political economy of development, especially in Southeast Asia, and has authored over 35 monographs, edited over 50 books, and translated 11 volumes. He was the founding chair of International Development Economics Associates and sat on the board of the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development in Geneva.

September 19, 2008: Sandra Halperin
Trans-Local and Trans-Regional Structures in Global Development: A "Horizontal" Perspective

April 18, 2008: Akhil Gupta
National Poverty, Global Poverty and Neoliberalism

Akhil Gupta is a professor of anthropology at UCLA. His research interests are in the ethnography of development bureaucracies, the anthropology of food, the implications of reincarnation for social theory, and information technology. He is the editor (with Aradhana Sharma) of The Anthropology of the State and the author of Postcolonial Developments: Agriculture in the Making of Modern India, and Culture, Power, Place. His forthcoming publications include Red Tape: Corruption, Inscription, and Governmentality.

March 13, 2008: David Harvey
Spaces of Global Capitalism: Towards a Theory of Uneven Geographical Development

David Harvey is Distinguished Professor of Anthropology at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He was, for many years, a professor of geography at Johns Hopkins University and from 1987 to1993 was Halford Mackinder Professor of Geography at Oxford University. Harvey is the author of numerous books including Spaces of Hope; Paris: Capital of Modernity; The New Imperialism; A Brief History of Neoliberalism; and Spaces of Global Capitalism: A Theory of Uneven Geographical Development. Harvey is a recipient of several international awards and was recently elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

February 29, 2008: John Agnew
The New Global Economy: Time-Space Compression, Geopolitics and Uneven Development

John Agnew is a professor of geography at UCLA. He taught for over 20 years in the Maxwell School at Syracuse University and has been at UCLA since 1996. He is the author or coauthor, among other works, of Hegemony: The New Shape of Global Power, a Choice Outstanding Academic Title for 2005; Place and Politics in Modern Italy; The Geography of the World Economy; and The United States in the World Economy; and Berlusconi's Italy: Mapping Contemporary Italian Politics. His current research concerns globalization and sovereignty.