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Shamma Alam

Associate Professor of International Studies (2014)

Contact Information

Althouse Hall Room 115


Shamma Alam’s research focuses on different aspects of international development, such as health economics and health measurements, fertility issues, agricultural economics, public finance, and microcredit. He has worked as a Consultant with different development organizations. He served as a Consultant at the World Bank several times, including in their Economic Policy, Poverty and Gender Group, Development Data Group, and East Asia and Pacific Region group. He also previously served as a consultant in the Agriculture Policy Team at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. In addition to teaching at Dickinson, Shamma Alam serves as a Research Associate at the CEQ Institute at Tulane University and contributes courses at the U.S. Army War College. Shamma Alam received his M.A. and Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Washington, Seattle, and B.A. in Economics from Franklin & Marshall College.


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

2021-2022 Academic Year

Spring 2022

INST 401 Poverty & Globalization
Two kinds of economic phenomena have dominated the world over the last few decades: Increasing globalization and increasing efforts to fight poverty. In this course, we will try to understand the results of both these phenomena. Thus, the class will be divided into two segments: one segment will focus on poverty and the other segment on globalization. The segment on poverty will try to understand the answers to the following questions: Why do we have still have poverty? Why did some of the approaches by international organizations and different governments to fight poverty fail miserably? And looking ahead, how can we solve this problem and how are we trying to solve the problem now? The segment on globalization will try to understand the following issues: Is globalization good for us? Why are many people unhappy with globalization? With globalization why are we seeing growing inequality in the developed world? Does globalization make it more difficult to fight international terrorism? Is the developed world moving in the right direction to fight global terrorism?

ECON 560 Stu/Faculty Collaborative Rsch

INST 560 Stu/Faculty Collaborative Rsch