Nabeela N. Alam is an Assistant Professor of International Economics and Development at the School of Diplomacy. Her research interests are in the political economy of institutions and development, where institutions can be both formal and informal. Using empirical methods and applied theory, recent work investigates the political motivations of donor foreign aid allocation, recipient country motives to accept conditional foreign aid under electoral competition, and U.N. General Assembly voting patterns given increasing economic dependence on China. At a microeconomic level, Alam's current research agenda looks at the process of household decision-making in South Asia, focusing in particular on how social norms contribute to gender disparities in the control of household resources and the resulting differences in spending on boys compared to girls.
Alam joined the School of Diplomacy in Fall 2015. She teaches courses in trade, development and international political economy. Previously she taught in the Department of Economics at Grinnell College, Brandeis University and Babson College.
- Ph.D., Brandeis International Business School, 2012
- M.Sc., Brandeis International Business School, 2012
- S.B., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2001
Awards and Grants
- Grinnell College, Center for International Studies Grant (competitive), 2014-2015
- Grinnell College, Committee on Support for Faculty Scholarship Grant, 2013-2015
- Brandeis University, IBS Grant (competitive), 2004-2008
- Brandeis University, Global Leadership Award (competitive), 2004
Areas of Expertise
Applied Microeconomics, Economic Development, Political Economy, Behavioral and Experimental Economics