Dr. Eric M. Jepsen
Specialization: Comparative Politics and Political Economy
Home institution in US: University of South Dakota, Vermillion
Host Institution in India: University of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala       
Start date/Month in India: August 2012
Duration of grant: 9 months

Brief Bio:
Dr. Eric M. Jepsen is an associate professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of South Dakota. He also chairs the Global Learning Council which serves to help guide aspects of the university’s academic engagement with the wider world. His teaching and research interests include comparative politics, international relations, political economy, democratization, globalization, Latin American politics, and South Asian politics. His research on sub-national economic development in India and Mexico has been funded by the National Science Foundation and the Social Science Research Council. He has published a number of articles and chapters in publications like Public Governance in Asia and The Limits of Electoral Democracy, International Studies Perspectives, and the Journal of Polity & Society. He is currently working on a book manuscript on the political economy of sub-national industrial policy in the reform era in India. Professor Jepsen received his Ph.D. in political science from the University of New Mexico in 2006. He has previously taught at the University of New Mexico and the University of Vermont.

Prof. Jepsen’s Fulbright research project, will involve conducting research on economic development policy in Kerala and lecturing on the topics of international relations and comparative political economy at the University of Kerala for the 2012-2013 academic year. In the research component he will attempt to uncover the dynamics that explain the political economy of Kerala’s industrial development policy in recent decades. The teaching component will involve helping to teach a graduate level course in comparative political economy and lecturing at the undergraduate level in international relations, along with other public lectures on U.S. foreign policy and the 2012 elections.