saad_gulzarWelcome — I am a Ph.D. candidate at the Department of Politics at New York University. From June 2017, I will be an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Stanford University. My research interests lie in the political economy of development and comparative politics, with a regional focus on South Asia. I explore four questions:

  1. What drives the effort of politicians and bureaucrats in the service of citizen welfare in the developing world? Some of this work is forthcoming in the American Political Science Review. 
  2. Do affirmative action policies aimed at increasing the number of minority politicians and bureaucrats work (and do they work for minority groups not directly targeted by the policies)?
  3. Do expressive motivations and peer pressure drive political behavior?
  4. Why do states sometimes choose not to govern some areas in their territories?

I combine field experiments, lab-in-the-field techniques, surveys, behavioral measurements, geospatial analysis, and archival work to address these questions. My work has been supported by grants from the International Growth Center, the Jameel Abdul Latif Poverty Action Lab’s Governance initiative, the World Bank, and the American Institute of Pakistan Studies.

I am a founding co-convener of the Northeast Workshop in Empirical Political Science, a biannual conference on Political Economy and Development research in political science. I am a junior fellow at the Association for Analytical Learning about Islam and Muslim Societies, a research fellow in political economy at the Center for Economic Research in Pakistan, and an affiliate of the Consortium for Development Policy Research. Before starting graduate school, I was Pakistan economist at the International Growth Center.

My Google Scholar profile is available here.


Wilf Family Department of Politics,
New York University
19 W 4th Street, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10012
Email: saad.gulzar(at)nyu(dot)edu