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Allison Berland

Allison Berland

Adjunct Lecturer, Master of Arts in Global Policy


Professor Berland is a lecturer in the MAGP and Summer Programs at SAIS. Her research and policy interests focus on comparative political and economic development, the intersection of religion, identity and politics, electoral politics and voting behavior in India, and U.S. and India relations.

Previously, she was a researcher at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS) in New Delhi, and also worked on the Nile Team at the World Bank. In that position, she assisted with the launch of the Nile Basin Initiative’s Shared Vision Program, a regional conflict prevention and sustainable development initiative. She has written articles for Foreign Policy’s South Asia Channel, The Indian Express, The Times of India, and co-edited a special issue of The SAIS Review on The Future of the Religious Party. She holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of Maryland at College Park, a MALD degree from the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy, and a BA from Reed College. During her PhD, she also took courses in the SAIS South Asia Program as a non-degree student.



  • South Asia


  • Developing Nations
  • Economic Development
  • Democracy, Governance, Rule of Law
  • Political Economy & Development
  • Politics
  • Religion
  • World Bank and International Monetary Fund