Mine Eder is a Professor of Political Science at the Department of Political Science and International Relations of Bogazici University in Istanbul, Turkey. She received a Fulbright to pursue graduate degree at the University of Virginia where she received her MA and PhD in Politics. She also taught at Lewis and Clark College and was a visiting professor at Yale and George Washington University. She specialized on comparative political economy of development and published widely on various aspects of Turkey’s political economy ranging from regional cooperation, welfare provision, poverty and informality, problems of developmentalism, populism as well as Turkey-EU relations. Since 2006, her research interests shifted to include an exploration of interstices of migration and urban transformation in Istanbul; domestic female migrant workers, shuttle traders, displacement and gentrification in Istanbul's neighborhoods as well as local governance.
Adam Harris is Associate Professor of Development Politics at the Department of Political science at University College London. Adam received his Ph.D. from New York University in August 2015. He specializes in ethnic and African politics. In his dissertation, he seeks to understand why some voters (up to 52% of African voters) do not support their ethnic group’s party. To answer this question, he develops and measures the concept of ethnic proximity that moves beyond the academic convention of co-ethnicity to more fully consider the complex role ethnicity plays in political preference formation. The dissertation argues that the degree to which ethnic group membership influences political preferences is determined by one’s position in her ethnic group, which is in turn determined by her ethnic attributes (her ethnic proximity). The dissertation uses original panel survey and experimental data to test the effect of ethnic proximity on voter preferences in South Africa. The results are also replicated in the US and Ugandan contexts. In short, his dissertation concludes that those who are less proximate to their own group and more proximate to an out-group are more likely to be swing voters and will have weaker preferences for their ethnic group’s party. Adam has also conducted research on ethnic identifiability (recently published in the Journal of Conflict Resolution), ethnic and immigrant prejudice, the determinants of political protests, ideological ideal point estimation among African legislators, and the effects of foreign aid in recipient countries. His research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, New York University, and Columbia University.
Pierre F. Landry
Pierre F. Landry is a Professor of Government and Public Administration, Co-Director of the Universities Service Centre for China Studies at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, a Fellow at the Research Center for the Study of Contemporary China at Peking University and as well as a GLD Scholar. He was trained in economics and law at Sciences-Po (Paris) and received his PhD in Political Science at the University of Michigan. He is also an alumnus of the Hopkins-Nanjing program. His research interests focus on comparative local governance, Asian and Chinese politics, quantitative comparative analysis and survey research. His work has focused on governance and the political management of officials in China and public opinion research, and the development of spatial sampling technique for survey research. Besides articles and book chapters in comparative politics and political methodology, he is the author of “Decentralized Authoritarianism in China” with Cambridge University Press (2008). He collaborates with the Governance and Local Development project as well as the UNDP and the World Bank on developing indicators of the variability of local governance in a variety of countries, including Vietnam, Tunisia, Malawi, Zambia and Kenya. Website: http://www.gpa.cuhk.edu.hk/en-gb/people/academic-staff/faculty/prof-landry-pierre and https://pierreflandry.wordpress.com/
Jennifer Murtazashvili is the Director of the Center for Governance and Markets and Associate Professor in the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh. Her research explores questions of governance, political economy, security, and development. Drawing from diverse research methods including field experiments, public opinion surveys, and ethnographic fieldwork, Murtazashvili focuses her work on Central and South Asia, and the former Soviet Union. She also has experience advising for the U.S. Department of Defense, the United Nations Development Program, and UNICEF.