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INSTRUCTOR: Ron Rogowski

The Global Fellows Program conducts seminars throughout the year. These invitation-only seminars bring top scholars and the global fellows together to share perspectives on issues of concern to global citizens.

We will post the seminar schedule and papers if available, both to share information for the fellows as well as to try to engage the public with some of the content from the program. Please remember participation in these seminars are by invitation-only.

If you are interested to attend please contact Ron Rogowski, Global Fellows Program Director.

Cover page of Language and Empire, c. 1800

Language and Empire, c. 1800


Emma Rothschild is director of the Centre for History and Economics at King’s College, Cambridge, and Visiting Professor of History at Harvard University. Recent publications include Economic Sentiments: Adam Smith, Condorcet and the Enlightenment (Harvard University Press, 2001), "Global Commerce and the Question of Sovereignty in the 18th Century Provinces" (Modern Intellectual History, 2004) and “Real, Pretended or Imaginary Dangers” (The New York Review of Books, 2004). She is working on two new projects, about the French colonies in the 1760s and about the East India Company and the American Revolution.

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Technology Superiority and the Losses from Migration


Two facts motivate this study. (1) The United States is the world’s most productive economy. (2) The US is the destination for a broad range of net factor inflows: unskilled labor, skilled labor, and capital. Indeed, these two facts may be strongly related: All factors seek to enter the US because of the US technological superiority. The literature on international factor flows rarely links these two phenomena, instead considering one-at-a-time analyses that stress issues of relative factor abundance. This is unfortunate, since the welfare calculations differ markedly. In a simple Ricardian framework, a country that experiences immigration of factors motivated by technological differences always loses from this migration relative to a free trade baseline, while the other country gains. We provide simple calculations suggesting that the magnitude of the losses for US natives may be quite large – between $52 and $106 billion dollars per year or 0.5 to 1.0 percent of GDP.

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Ten Problems for Integrated Behavioural Science: How to Make the Social Sciences Relevant


This is a concise statement of ten different problems for which a behavioural science should (and may soon be able to) provide coherent, empirically grounded explanations. These problems were chosen for their social importance as well as their theoretical interest, as demonstrations of the need to integrate psychological, economic and evolutionary factors in explanatory models. For each question, I mention pointers to incipent or possible research programmes. The questions are the following: What are the natural limits to family arrangements? Do we have an intuitive understanding of large societies? Why are despised social categories essentialised? Why gender differences in politics? What logic drives ethnic violence? How are moral concepts acquired? What drives people's economic intuitions? Are there cultural differences in low-level cognition? What explains individual religious attitudes? Why religious fundamentalism and extremism? The general aim is to propose a new approach to issues of human culture, not through an abstract discussion of paradigms and traditions, but through specific examples of possible empirical research.

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Emigration's Challenge to the 'Nation-Church': Mexican Catholic Emigration Policies, 1920-2004


Since the 1990s, stories have spread through Mexico of the ‘coyote saint’ helping migrants cross the U.S. border illegally. In one version, three migrants lost in the desert are saved by a man who offers them a ride in his pickup truck. When the migrants later visit his home village of Santa Ana in the state of Jalisco to thank him, they see his photograph and realize their rescuer was Saint Toribio Romo, who died in 1928. More than 5000 pilgrims now clog the village on a typical weekend.

Cover page of Hate Your Enemy: The Anatomy of Resentment in Africa's Cultural Resistance to the West

Hate Your Enemy: The Anatomy of Resentment in Africa's Cultural Resistance to the West


It is common knowledge that the relationship between Africa and the West has been marked on the one hand, by exploitation and on the other by resistance to this. Africa’s resistance to the West has, in many instances muted into resentment that has in turn created some forms of moral delusions, and cultural relativisms. There is a parallel between African-American resentment of the dominant Anglo-Saxon culture and African resentment of European culture. To some degree, the one has influenced the other, and this has had tremendous effects on Africa’s perception of culture as homogenous whole.

Cover page of The International Diffusion of Liberalism

The International Diffusion of Liberalism


One of the most significant developments of the second half of the 20th century has been the spread of liberal economic and political ideas, institutions, and policies across a large part of the globe.