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Alison Post

Associate Professor
510 642-1434
724 Social Sciences Building
Upcoming/Future Courses
Fall 2024
Fall 2024
Personal Statement

Alison Post is Associate Professor of Political Science and Global Metropolitan Studies. Her research examines urban politics and policy and other political economy themes, including environmental politics and policy, regulation, and business-government relations. She also collaborates with engineers, urban planners, and scholars of public health on research on infrastructure and natural resource management, and “smart city” technology adoption. She works principally in Latin America, and recently in India and the United States as well. She is the author of Foreign and Domestic Investment in Argentina: The Politics of Privatized Infrastructure (Cambridge University Press, 2014) and articles in the Annual Review of Political Science, Comparative Politics, Governance, Perspectives on Politics, Politics & Society, Studies in Comparative International Development, World Development, and other outlets.  She has been named a Clarence Stone Scholar (an early career award) by the Urban Politics Section of the American Political Science Association, and received U.C. Berkeley's Carol D. Soc award for mentoring graduate students. Her doctoral dissertation, “Liquid Assets and Fluid Contracts: Explaining the Uneven Effects of Water and Sanitation Privatization,” won the 2009 William Anderson award from the American Political Science Association for the best dissertation in the general field of federalism, intergovernmental relations, state or local politics. She has served as a a Marshall Scholar, a postdoctoral research scholar with the Committee on Global Thought at Columbia University, a Visiting Researcher at the Centro de Estudios de Estado y Sociedad in Buenos Aires and the U.N. Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (E.C.L.A.C.) in Santiago, and as a Researcher at L.S.E. Urban Research in London. She is a former President of the Urban and Local Politics section of the American Political Science Association, and former Chair of the Steering Committee for the Red de Economía Política de America Latina (Repal). Her research has been funded by the Hewlett Foundation, the National Science Foundation, the Swedish Research Ministry, and USAID, among others.

Research Interests
Comparative Political Economy
Environmental Policy
Urban Politics and Policy
Latin America
South Asia
B.A., History, Stanford University
M.A., Government, Harvard University
M.Sc., Urban & Regional Planning, London School of Economics
Ph.D., Government, Harvard University