The Institute facilitates dialogue by sponsoring ongoing monthly or weekly seminars and workshops in International Relations, Political Economy, and Urban Inequality.


International Relations Theory

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On Monday afternoons, IIS hosts an informal colloquium where a prominent speaker is invited to participate in a conversation with affiliated faculty, graduate students and visiting scholars about pressing issues of international relations. Professors: Michaela Mattes and Aila Matanock+ Read more

Political Economy Seminar

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The Political Economy Seminar brings faculty and students together from across the campus. The seminar primairly focuses on formal or applied (game) theory analysis of topics in political economy or political science, e.g., voting, learning in elections, corruption, political selection and bad governments, civil and interstate conflict. Professors: Ernesto Dal Bo and Robert Powell+ Read more

Urban Inequalities in Developing Democracies

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Co-organizers: Alison Post (Global Metropolitan Studies and Political Science), Leo Arriola (Political Science) This research initiative examines the origins and effects of inequality in small and medium-sized cities in the developing world. Two parallel trends have heightened the importance and prevalence of such inequalities. First, the world is rapidly urbanizing. While megacities have...+ Read more