Faculty Profile

Shamma Alam

Assistant Professor of International Studies (2014)

Contact Information

alams@dickinson.edu

Althouse Hall Room 115
http://users.dickinson.edu/~alams/index.html

Bio

Shamma Alam received his Ph.D. in Economics in June 2014 from University of Washington – Seattle. He received his B.A in Economics from Franklin & Marshall College, and M.A. in Economics from University of Washington. His research interests are in Development, Health, and Population Economics with focuses on Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. In the past, he has worked for the development organizations Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the World Bank.

Education

  • B.A., Franklin & Marshall College, 2009
  • M.A., University of Washington-Seattle, 2011
  • Ph.D., 2014

2014-2015 Academic Year

Fall 2014

ECON 214 International Development
Cross-listed with INST 290-04. This course will cover the main topics that are covered in traditional development classes, which include agricultural/subsistence household issues, credit constraints in poor country setttings, issues related to education, child labor, migration, population, and health, and also potential development and sustainability problems that we are going to face because of climate change.

INST 290 International Development
Cross-listed with ECON 214-02. This course will cover the main topics that are covered in traditional development classes, which include agricultural/subsistence household issues, credit constraints in poor country setttings, issues related to education, child labor, migration, population, and health, and also potential development and sustainability problems that we are going to face because of climate change.

INST 290 Global Health
Cross-listed with PMGT 290-01. This course will focus on a) historical cases of major diseases and epidemics around the world; b) look at the current burden and distribution of disease and mortality around the world and in multiple dimensions – by geography, social class, race, and gender; c) try to understand the determinants of global health disparities; and d) understand the development of global health policies, and outcomes of global health interventions.

PMGT 290 Global Health
Cross-listed with INST 290-01. This course will focus on a) historical cases of major diseases and epidemics around the world; b) look at the current burden and distribution of disease and mortality around the world and in multiple dimensions – by geography, social class, race, and gender; c) try to understand the determinants of global health disparities; and d) understand the development of global health policies, and outcomes of global health interventions.

Spring 2015

INST 200 Global Economy
Cross-listed with INBM 200-02.

INST 200 Global Economy
Cross-listed with INBM 200-01.

INBM 200 Global Economy
Cross-listed with INST 200-02.

INBM 200 Global Economy
Cross-listed with INST 200-01.

INST 290 Demography: Population Issues
This course will introduce the primary population issues in the context of developing countries. This course will focus on these particular issues: population growth, theory of demographic transition, mortality, fertility, family planning, reproductive health, family coping strategies, migration, urbanization, low fertility in industrialized nations, household economics, interactions between population issues and development, child survival and mortality, child labor and schooling, impacts of HIV/AIDS on population structure, and policies that are used to tackle the afore-mentioned issues.