Hertie School welcomes new Assistant Professors Shubha Kamala Prasad and Egon Tripodi

Political scientist Prasad and behavioural economist Tripodi join the now 38-member faculty of the University of Governance.

The Hertie School’s faculty is growing. As of 1 August 2022, Shubha Kamala Prasad has joined the university as Assistant Professor of International Relations, and Egon Tripodi as Assistant Professor of Economics – two newly created professorships that expand the Hertie School’s research and teaching capacities.

In her research, Prasad explores the influence of domestic challenges on a country's foreign policy. Using Pakistan and India as examples, Prasad has previously analysed the impact of sub-state conflicts, diaspora movements and the human rights situation on the two countries’ foreign policies. The political scientist from India worked formerly as a postdoctoral researcher at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy, and completed her doctoral dissertation on political insurgencies and their influence on state economic integration at Georgetown University in Washington, DC, USA. 

Tripodi’s research focuses on behavioural and microeconomics. Using laboratory and field experiments, he investigates how a person’s social environment can incentivise their behaviour and beliefs. For example, in his latest publication, he analyses how social image affects one’s decision to donate blood. Previously, the economist from Italy has held Assistant Professorships at the University of Essex, UK, and the University of Chicago, USA. He wrote his doctoral dissertation at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy.

Both assistant professors are teaching courses this fall semester: In Prasad’s seminar “Global Politics”, Master of International Affairs students can look forward to a more diverse, intersectional perspective on international relations. In Tripodi’s seminars "Experimental Methods" and "Experiments for Economics and Policy Design", students will not only learn to research policy issues, but also to prepare their findings for political decision-makers.

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