Madan Lal Sobti Professor for the Study of Contemporary India
Professor of Political Science
Director, Center for the Advanced Study of India
University of Pennsylvania
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
12:30 pm, Hesburgh Center C103
“International Migration: Learning from the ‘Other One Percent’”
One of the most remarkable stories of immigration in the last half century is that of Indians to the United States. People of Indian origin now make up a little over one percent of the US population up from barely half a percent at the turn of the millennium. This population from a developing nation with low human capital is now the most-educated and highest-income group in the world's most advanced nation.
In this talk, Kapur will discuss international migration issues in the context of his latest book, The Other One Percent: Indians in America (coauthored, Oxford University Press, 2016), a data-driven and comprehensive account of the processes—selection, assimilation, and entrepreneurship—behind the rapid rise of Indian immigrants. This unique phenomenon is driven by and in turn has influenced wide-ranging changes, including the ongoing revolution in information technology and its impact on economic globalization, immigration policies in the US, higher education policies in India, and foreign policies of both nations.
Devesh Kapur holds the Madan Lal Sobti Chair for the Study of Contemporary India and is professor of political science at the University of Pennsylvania, where he is also director of the Center for the Advanced Study of India.
His research focuses on human capital, national and international public institutions, and the ways in which local-global linkages, especially international migration and international institutions, affect political and economic change in developing countries.
His many publications include The World Bank: Its First Half Century (Brookings Institution, 1997), the award-winning Diaspora, Democracy and Development: The Impact of International Migration from India (Princeton University Press, 2010), and Defying the Odds: The Rise of Dalit Entrepreneurs (coauthored, Random House India, 2014).
A nonresident fellow of the Center for Global Development and member of the Brookings Institution-National Council of Applied Economic Research (New Delhi) India Panel, Kapur holds a PhD from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.