Working Group in African Political
Request for Applications: NYU-AD
The Working Group in African Political Economy (WGAPE) brings
together faculty and advanced graduate students in Economics and Political
Science who combine field research experience in Africa with training in
political economy methods. The group has
met semi-annually to discuss the work-in-progress of its core members and
invited guests. It is co-led by Daniel Posner (Department of Political Science,
UCLA), Edward Miguel (Department of Economics, UC Berkeley), Brian Dillon
(Evans School of Public Affairs, University of Washington), and Amanda Robinson
(Department of Politics, Ohio State University.) The 2018 Meeting will be hosted by NYU-Abu Dhabi from held on January
26-28. The deadline to submit applications will be:
11:59 pm U.S. Pacific Time on Sunday, October
Yearly Meeting Format
WGAPE meetings are held in four regional sub-groups in the U.S.
each fall, a winter international meeting, and in a U.S. national meeting each
spring. This is the third international meeting hosted by our
partners at NYU-Abu Dhabi, led by faculty Morgan Hardy, J. Andrew Harris, Melina Platas
Izama, and Peter van der Windt.
The meeting will center on research discussion sessions rather than presentations. Papers
are circulated and expected to be read in advance by all participants.
Presenters provide brief, orienting comments before the floor is opened for an
hour-long discussion of each paper. WGAPE accepts early work, near-complete
drafts, and research designs (see an archive of papers from
past WGAPE meetings).
Training Opportunity for Developing Country Researchers
This year, in addition to
our call for paper presentations, we also invite applications through this call
for African scholars to attend both the WGAPE meeting and a special training session led by Evidence in Government in
Politics (EGAP), co-sponsored by the Berkeley Initiative for Transparency in
the Social Sciences (BITSS).
This four-day training will be
held prior to the WGAPE meeting on January 22-25, and will focus on empirical methods
for research in developing countries, including causal inference, experimental
and quasi-experimental research designs, and various topics in research
is limited to graduate students, post-docs, and junior faculty working in
political economy who either a) currently hold a faculty or research position
at an African institution, b) received or are actively pursuing a graduate
degree at an African institution, or c) received an undergraduate degree from
an African institution and are currently in graduate school elsewhere.
submit the following by October 15th, 2017:
a) Up-to-date Curriculum Vitae or Resume with contact information, including country of current location, position title, and degree(s) held.
b) A statement of the applicant’s research that relates to the WGAPE topics listed above or to other issues relevant to economic development in sub-Saharan Africa. This should include research interests and methods (or planned methods) and should be representative of the applicant’s academic writing.
c) The name, title, and contact information of one reference (from a current/previous collaborator or advisor) that would be able to comment on the applicant’s research interests and future research trajectory.
Award Notification and Funding
Successful applicants will be notified by November
6th, 2017 and will be invited to attend the full symposium.
Thanks to NYU-AD, EGAP, and the Hewlett Foundation, WGAPE will be able to provide funding for
travel, accommodation, and related expenses to accepted WGAPE participants.
Visas and travel will be arranged by NYU-AD.
For further information, please contact Alex Dobyan (CEGA)