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Welcoming New Political Science and Economics Faculty

This year, there are a few new faces in Stern Hall with four new faculty in the political science and economics departments. They each bring their own areas of specialization, which range from political theory to feminist economics to Islamist politics. They are among a group of several new faculty who are being welcomed to HWS this fall.

Joining the political science department as an assistant professor is Stacey Philbrick Yadav, who received a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and middle eastern studies from Smith College. She also received a master’s degree and Ph.D. in political science from the University of Pennsylvania. Her dissertation was titled “Islamist Parliamentary Practice and the Remaking of Democracy: Hizballah and Islah in Comparative Perspective. A Dissertation Fellow with the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation, she has teaching experience as a visiting instructor at Mount Holyoke College and a lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania. Assistant Professor Yadav also lived and worked in Egypt, Lebanon and Yemen from 2003-2006 studying the impact of Islamist participation in the reconfiguring of national politics in Lebanon and Yemen.

Vikash Yadav joins the HWS Political Science department as an assistant professor following teaching appointments at Mount Holyoke College and the American University in Cairo. His work is in the field of international relations with specializations in international political economy, comparative political economy and political theory. Regionally, his work focuses on the economies of South Asia, Southeast Asia and the Middle East. He received a bachelor’s degree in history from DePauw University, a master’s degree in social science from the University of Chicago and a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Pennsylvania.

Also joining the department as an assistant professor is Chad Lavin, following a position as a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Center for Humanistic Inquiry at Emory University. He has teaching experience as a visiting assistant professor at Tulane University and an instructor at Penn State University. A recipient of the Student Body Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching at Tulane, he is the author of “The Politics of Responsibility, as well as several articles on political science. He received a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of California, Irvine, and a master’s degree and Ph.D., both in political science, from Pennsylvania State University.

Brian Cooper joins the economics department as an assistant professor. He has experience as a visiting assistant professor at Gettysburg College, a visiting lecturer at Franklin Pierce College and an assistant professor at the State University of New York at Oswego. A reviewer for Feminist Economics and a founder of the International Association for Feminist Economics, his fields of interest include general economics; the history of economic thought and methodology; and the economics of gender, race and class. He is currently researching the way in which British travelers and indigenes used political economic theories to organize their observations, and how travel experiences and writing were used by British political economists to support their theories on racial difference and psychological uniformity. He received a B.A. from Haverford College, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University.

Photographed above is Assistant Professor Vikash Yadav teaching a class in Stern 303 on Sept. 27.