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PDRI-DevLab Fall 2022 Seminar Series: Jeremy Springman

The Penn Development Research Initiative – DevLab@Penn (PDRI-DevLab) is hosting a Spring 2022 Seminar Series featuring PDRI-DevLab staff and affiliates.

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Jeremy Springman

Jeremy Springman is a Senior Research Associate at the University of Pennsylvania in the Department of Political Science and DevLab@Penn. He studies political economy in developing countries, with a specific interest in how non-profit organizations shape, and are shaped by, politics and governance. In his research, he aspires to generate insights that can help donors and civil society strengthen democratic institutions and weaken autocratic rule in developing countries. To investigate these topics, his research uses spatial analysis, machine learning techniques, and causal inference tools including field and survey experiments.

Jeremy’s research is published or forthcoming in World Politics and International Studies Quarterly. My work has received support from the National Science Foundation, the United States Agency for International Development, an anonymous philanthropic foundation, the University of Pennsylvania, the Browne Center for International Politics, and the American Political Science Association. He is also a founding member and organizer of the Working Group for Evidence on Civic Space (WGECS), a group that brings together academics and practitioners to advance rigorous research on topics and programming related to civil society and civic space.

Jeremy completed his PhD in comparative politics and international relations at the University of Pennsylvania in July 2019.