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Saumitra Jha

Saumitra Jha

Stanford University
Fellow, 2020-21 Study #38

Saumitra Jha will spend his CASBS year completing a book project entitled Swords into Bank Shares. This book draws upon both modern field experiments and historical natural experiments to delineate the promise and limitations of new financial ideas as a means to reduce violent conflict and political polarization.  He will also work on projects related to the technology of non-violent civil disobedience, the role of heroes and combat veterans in strengthening or undermining democratic values, and understanding how vulnerable communities can weather pandemics and trade shocks.

Jha is an associate professor of political economy at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business, a senior fellow at the Freeman-Spogli Institute for International Affairs and convenes the Stanford Conflict and Polarization Lab.

Jha’s research has been published in leading journals in economics and political science, including Econometrica, the Quarterly Journal of Economics, the American Political Science Review and the Journal of Development Economics, and he serves on a number of editorial boards. His research on ethnic tolerance has been recognized with the Michael Wallerstein Award for best published article in political economy from the American Political Science Association and his co-authored research on heroes was awarded the Oliver Williamson Award for best paper by the Society for Institutional and Organizational Economics in 2020. In 2020, Jha was also honored to receive the Teacher of the Year Award, voted by the students of the Stanford GSB Sloan Fellows Program.

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