Alvin Camba

Alvin Camba

GCI Research Fellow

Alvin Camba is a PhD candidate in Sociology at Johns Hopkins University, a non-resident fellow at the Stratbase-ADR Institute, and a predoctoral fellow at the Global Development Policy Center at Boston University. He bridges the study of international political economy, political sociology, and development. Using mixed-methods approaches, he investigates how the structure of elite formation and state-society relations impact capital mobility in the developing world. Focusing on Southeast Asia more broadly, his research can be categorized in three distinct but interrelated themes: (1) Chinese economic capital; (2) extractive industries and development; and (3) the political economy of colonialism.

He has been awarded several best graduate paper awards by the American Sociological Association (ASA), published in multiple SSCI refereed journals (e.g. Journal of Agrarian Change, Extractive Industries and Society), and written for various policy outlets (e.g. Pacific Network, The Diplomat, The Jamestown). He’s currently managing the Philippine portion of tracking and investigating Chinese foreign direct investments in Southeast Asia, a project funded by the Center for International and Private Enterprises and the National Endowment of Democracy. He has been cited and/or interviewed by various newspapers (Bloomberg, The Wall Street Journal, the South China Morning Post), given talks in non-academic institutions (military agencies, think tanks, embassies), and consulted for political risk firms.

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