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Shamma Alam

Assistant 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

2020-2021 Academic Year

Spring 2021

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

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

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

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

INST 290 Global, Inequal & Pers Finance
This course will be partly synchronous (one-day) and partly asynchronous. The synchronous component will be only on Tuesday 1:30-2:45pm.There are two key goals of this course. The first is to understand how our personal fortunes are no longer only dependent on our local or state’s economic conditions, but increasingly dependent on the global financial market and the health of the world economy. To understand this, we will examine the effects of the Great Recession (2007-2009) and the current recession induced by the Covid-19 and its economic implications throughout the globe. We will also examine the increasing domestic and global economic inequality even though we are observing increased GDP growth across the world. The second goal of this course is to derive lessons from these past crises and the causes of inequality and apply those lessons in our own lives. We will focus on how to handle personal finance in this changing world and the common mistakes made by individuals at the start of their career. It will include topics such as, making investments that pay off in the long term, taking advantage of the global financial and stock market, understanding compound investing, creating a budget, managing debt issues and credit cards, and how to create and preserve wealth. We will cover case studies of successful investors and how they were able to create and preserve wealth. This class does not presume any background knowledge in economics.