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Founded in April 2010, AALIMS reached a milestone at its third anniversary. As a sign of becoming an established organization, we have experienced our first “change of the guard.”

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AALIMS-MIT Graduate Student Workshop

Date: April 9, 2021

Program: View PDF

Location: Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Laura Dorson


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Friday, April 9, 2021

All times Eastern Daylight Time


9:00am             Graduate Workshop Opening Remarks

Fotini Christia (MIT)

9:10am             Religion and Conflict

Chair: Fotini Christia (MIT)

Mohammad Isaqzadeh (Princeton University)
Reassessing the Relationship Between Religiosity and Political Violence: Evidence from Afghanistan.”

Yusuf Magiya (Columbia University)
The Paradox of State Building: How Diversity Constrains Development and Dominant Groups Shoulder the Tax Burdens.”

10:10am           Break

10:20am          Influence and Cooptation (with 5 min breaks between papers)

Chair: Jean-Paul Carvalho (University of California, Irvine)

Lydia Assouad (Paris School of Economics)
Charismatic Leaders and Nation Building.”

Daniel Tavana (Yale University) and Erin York (Harvard University)
Cooptation in Practice: Measuring Legislative Opposition in an Authoritarian Regime

Ahmed Ezzeldin Mohamed (Columbia University)
Religious Cycles of Government Responsiveness: Why Governments Redistribute in Ramadan?

12:00pm          Lunch (with virtual gatherings)

1:00pm            Start of April 9-10 Conference