David Balgley

Hometown: Portland, Oregon Research Interests: Agrarian political economy, rural development, land tenure, Maghrib studies, customary resource management, political ecology David graduated with honors from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington in 2016 with a BA in International Political Economy . . .
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David Balgley

Hometown: Portland, Oregon

Research Interests: Agrarian political economy, rural development, land tenure, Maghrib studies, customary resource management, political ecology

David graduated with honors from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington in 2016 with a BA in International Political Economy. During his time at Puget Sound, David studied and conducted research in Indonesia, Rwanda, Uganda, and Morocco, and after graduation he continued studying Arabic in Oman, Jordan, and Morocco. Prior to matriculating into the MAAS program, he was a 2017-2018 Fulbright US Student Researcher in Morocco, where he investigated stakeholder narratives surrounding privatization of irrigated collective land in the Gharb region. David’s research has largely focused on issues of land ownership, foodways and identity, resource management, shifting rural social structures, and the evolution of tenure policies in the Maghrib. He has presented on his research at venues including the Middle East Studies Association, the World Bank, and the British Society for Middle Eastern Studies.

Publications:

  1. “Assembling Land Access and Legibility: The Case of Morocco’s Gharb Region.” In The Politics of Land, Research in Political Sociology Vol. 26. 2019.
  2. “Agrarian Capitalism and the Privatization of Collective Land in Morocco.” Journal of Undergraduate Research, Vol. VIII. 2017.