Adam Auerbach (PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison), a political scientist specializing in comparative political economy, institutional theory, and research methodology, is a Kellogg visiting fellow for the 2013–14 academic year. His research focuses on informal governance, clientelism, and public goods provision in poor urban communities in India.
At Kellogg, Auerbach is developing the book project "Demanding Development: Democracy, Community Governance, and Public Goods Provision in India's Urban Slums,” which investigates the conditions under which informal urban settlements in India are able to demand and secure development from the state. The study is based on 20 months of ethnographic fieldwork, archival research, and an original household survey administered in 80 slums in two north Indian cities.
Drawing on the resources of the Kellogg community, Auerbach plans to extend the reach of the project to developing democracies in South America and sub-Saharan Africa that are experiencing similar demographic and economic change. He will also begin a project on distributive politics, property rights, and development in central India’s forestlands.
In addition to his PhD, Auerbach holds an MA in agricultural and applied economics. While at Notre Dame, he will teach a political science course. In fall 2014, Auerbach will take up a new position as assistant professor at the School of International Service, American University.
Awards: American Political Science Association (APSA) 2013, Best Field Work Award for dissertation, "Cooperation in Uncertainty: Migration, Ethnicity, and Community Governance in India's Urban Slums.