Message from the President

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-Yale Graduate Student Workshop

Date: April 10, 2020 - Cancelled due to Corona pandemic

Program: Coming soon

Location: Yale University

Marwa Khaboor (

All sessions are free and open to the public, but pre-registration is required.

2020 Annual Conference Organizing Committee

Timur Kuran (Duke University)

Mushfiq Mobarak (Yale University)

Elizabeth Nugent (Yale University), Chair



Friday, April 10, 2020

8:30-10:00 Regimes

Chair: Elizabeth Nugent (Yale University)

Daniel Tavana (Princeton University), “The Social Origins of Opposition to Authoritarian Rule”

Nathan Grubman (Yale University), “The Vicissitudes of Transition and the Islamist-Secularist Cleavage”

10:00-10:15 BREAK

10:15-12:30 Institutions

Chair: Tahir Andrabi (Pomona College)

Ao Wang (University of California, Berkeley), Shaoda Wang (University of California, Berkeley), and Xiaoyang Ye (University of Michigan), “Religion and Motivated Cognition: When Ramadan Meets the College Entrance Exam

Tugba Bozcaga (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), “The Social Bureaucrat: How Social Proximity among Bureaucrats Affects Local Governance

Sultan Mehmood (Aix-Marseille School of Economics) and Avner Seror (Aix-Marseille School of Economics), “Religion, Politics, and Judicial Independence: Theory and Evidence

12:30-2:00 LUNCH BREAK