23rd Karlsruhe Dialogues - Speakers

Overcoming Cultural Distances in International Development: Top-down and Bottom-up North-South Perspectives.


Prof. Dr. J.P. Singh


Prof. Dr. J. P. Singh is professor and distinguished senior fellow at the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University. From 2016 to 2018, he was chair and professor of Culture and Political Economy, and director of the Institute for International Cultural Relations (IICR) at the University of Edinburgh.
Singh has authored five monographs, edited four books, and published dozens of scholarly articles. Many of these books and articles are on international trade and development, national and international cultural policies, and international negotiations and diplomacy. His single authored books include Sweet Talk: Paternalism and Collective Action in North-South Trade Negotiations (2017), Globalized Arts: The Entertainment Economy and Cultural Identity (2011), which won the American Political Science Association’s award for best book in information technology and politics in 2012, and Negotiating the Global Information Economy (2008). His current book project is Development 2.0: How Technologies Can Foster Inclusivity in the Developing World (forthcoming).
Singh has advised the World Bank and the World Trade Organization (WTO) for trade and international development, and the British Council and UNESCO on international cultural policies. He has played a leadership role in several professional organisations, and served as editor from 2006 to 2009 and dramatically increased the impact of Review of Policy Research, the journal specializing in the politics and policy of science and technology. At the International Studies Association (ISA), he has chaired three different sections: International Communication, International Political Economy, and Science, Technology, Art and International Relations (STAIR). Singh founded and currently edits the journal Arts and International Affairs, and also edits Stanford's book series on Emerging Frontiers in the Global Economy.
Previously, Singh taught at the University of Mississippi, the American University, and Georgetown University. In Europe, apart from two years at the University of Edinburgh, he has taught courses at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (Geneva) and the University of Jyväskylä (Finland).
He holds a PhD in Political Economy and Public Policy from the University of Southern California.