Seminar Series

Every Wednesday, Perry World House hosts a seminar in which our affiliated faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and visiting fellows showcase their policy relevant research in-progress.

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Please note that the Seminar Series is primarily intended for faculty, postdocs, and students. Events will be held virtually until further notice.

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Introductory Seminar

2020-21 Perry World House Postdoctoral Fellows

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

The North-South Dialogue: Global Inequality and American Foreign Policy in the 1970s

Michael Franczak, Perry World House Postdoctoral Fellow

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

The Politics of Anticolonial Resistance: Violence, Nonviolence, and the Erosion of the British Empire

Richard McAlexander, Perry World House Postdoctoral Fellow

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Slow Harms and Citizen Action: Environmental Degradation and Policy Change in Latin American Cities

Veronica Herrera, Assistant Professor of Urban Planning, UCLA

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Sisters Are Doing it for Themselves: How Female Combatants Gender Peace Agreements in Civil Wars

Jakana Thomas, Associate Professor of Political Science, Michigan State University

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Inhibitory Institutions: How Bureaucrats Improve Public Goods in Latin America

Alisha Holland, Associate Professor of Government, Harvard University

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Mass Protests and Ethnic Armies: How Coup Proofing Impacts Military Defection

Kristen Harkness, Senior Lecturer in International Relations, University of St Andrews

Wednesday, November 4, 2020

How Perilous are Paper Fans? Public Diplomacy through Confucius Classrooms and Implications for Chinese Influence

Naima Green-Riley, Raymond Vernon Fellow, Harvard University

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Institutional Compounding and the Continuity of Progressive City Planning

Andrea Restrepo-Mieth, Postdoctoral Fellow, Perry World House

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Topographies of Hope

Cindi Katz, Professor of Environmental Psychology, City University of New York

Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Foundations of U.S. Public Opinion on Border Security

Lauren Pinson, Postdoctoral Fellow, Perry World House

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Durability Derived from Policy: Explaining El Salvador's Civil War Non-Recurrence

Meg Guliford, Penn Provost Postdoctoral Fellow, Perry World House

Wednesday, February 3, 2021

(IL)Legal Borders: Narratives of Banning and Belonging in the Persian Gulf, 1900-1971

Firoozeh Kashani-Sabet, Walter H. Annenberg Professor of History, University of Pennsylvania

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Built Structures and the Idea of the State

Emily Gade, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Emory University

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Securitization, Racial Capitalism, and Refugee Surplus Populations: Making a Labor Frontier in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Shae Frydenlund, Postdoctoral Fellow, Perry World House

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Prolonged Social Contact Does Not Reshape Locals’ Attitudes toward Migrants in Wartime Settings

Yang-Yang Zhou, Assistant Professor of Political Science, University of British Columbia

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Illegal Guns in Paradise: Why Governments Allow Illicit Firearms in Island Nations

Lauren Pinson, Postdoctoral Fellow, Perry World House

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

In Defense of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights

Francesca Parente, Postdoctoral Fellow, Perry World House

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

The Psychology of Separation: Border Walls and International Neighborliness

Diana C. Mutz, Stouffer Professor of Political Science and Communication, University of Pennsylvania

Beth A. Simmons, Mitchell University Professor in Law, Political Science, and Business Ethics, University of Pennsylvania

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Revisiting the Domestic and International Implications of the Climate Intelligence Arms Race

Jesse M. Keenan, Associate Professor in the School of Architecture, Tulane University and Visiting Scholar, Perry World House

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Condominium Law and Institutional Change

André Sorensen, Professor of Geography, University of Toronto

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

From Pluribus to Unum? Statebuilding and the Imagined Community in 19th Century America

Melissa Lee, Assistant Professor of Politics and International Affairs, Princeton University and Lightning Scholar, Perry World House