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2013 Speakers

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Clark Gibson

Clark Gibson

Professor and former Department Chair of Political Science and Director of the International Studies Program at UC San Diego

Professor Gibson is Professor and former Department Chair of Political Science and Director of the International Studies Program at UC San Diego. He studies the politics of democracy and development, especially topics concerning elections, foreign aid, political accountability, and the environment. He explores these issues in Africa, Central and South America, Asia, and the United States and has published his work in dozens of scholarly articles and chapters.  Professor Gibson's most recent work pushes the frontiers of political science by using randomized control trial designs and information and communications technology to explore electoral fraud in fragile democracies.  Using domestic researchers, cellphones, custom applications, and random samples of polling stations, Professor Gibson and his team have detected and reduced electoral misconduct in Afghanistan, Uganda, and Kenya.  He has also used cellphones for exit polls in these and other countries, which often prove to be largest ICT-based surveys ever undertaken in those nations.  His latest books examine the effectiveness and consequences of foreign aid. Improving Democracy Assistance: Building: Knowledge Through Evaluations and Research (National Academies Press, with Goldstone et al.) investigates USAID’s democracy promotion programs.  Samaritan’s Dilemma: The Political Economy of Development Aid (Oxford University Press, co-authors E. Ostrom, K. Andersson, and S. Shivakumar) analyzes how the structure of foreign aid can produce perverse outcomes that impede their effectiveness.  Professor Gibson has also explored the politics of the environment in his books Politicians and Poachers: The Political Economy of Wildlife Policy in Africa (Cambridge University Press), People and Forests: Communities, Institutions, and Governance (MIT Press; coeditors E. Ostrom and M. McKean) and Communities and the Environment: Ethnicity, Gender, and the State in Community-Based Conservation (Rutgers University Press 2001; coeditor A. Agrawal). Professor Gibson has been a consultant for the World Bank, USAID, The National Academy of Sciences, and the United Nations.  He has also served on numerous international election observer missions around the world.

  • 02 oct
    Wednesday, October 2
    Opening Dinner and Headline Interviews
  • 03 oct
    Thursday, October 3
    Full Day of Programming, Lab Tours
    and Evening Event
  • 04 oct
    Friday, October 4
    Half-Day of Programming, Lunch, and
    Lab Tours

The Locations

La Jolla, California

Scripps Seaside Forum

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The Atlantic and UC San Diego have negotiated a discounted rate for our attendees at the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club and will run a shuttle from the property to our various event venues. When calling for a reservation, please reference “The Atlantic Meets the Pacific”.

La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club
2000 Spindrift Drive
La Jolla, CA
(888) 828-0948

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