saad_gulzarWelcome — I am an Assistant Professor 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 the determinants of politician and bureaucrat effort toward citizen welfare. Some of my work is published in the American Political Science Review. My work has been supported by grants from the International Growth Center, the Jameel Abdul Latif Poverty Action Lab’s Governance Initiative, Innovations for Poverty Action,  the World Bank, and the American Institute of Pakistan Studies.

I am a member of Evidence in Governance and Politics, 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 non-resident fellow of the Consortium for Development Policy Research. At Stanford I am an affiliate of the Center on Global Poverty and Development, the Center for South Asia, and the Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies. I received my Ph.D. in Political Science at New York University.

My Google Scholar profile is available here.


Department of Political Science,
Stanford University
616 Serra Street
Stanford, CA 94305

Email: gulzar(at)stanford(dot)edu