Alero Akporiaye

Alero Akporiaye joined the RISD faculty in 2016, after earning her PhD in Public Policy and Political Economy from the University of Texas at Dallas in 2014. Prior to RISD, she spent two years as a visiting assistant professor and lecturer in the Politics Department at Bates College. She offers courses in international and comparative political economy and international politics, including Political Economy of Global Supply Chains, Political Economy of Natural Resources, Women in the International Political Economy and International Politics.

Valuing the importance of embodied diversity in her curricular and extracurricular work, Akporiaye is particularly interested in supporting and highlighting issues affecting women, students of color and first-generation college students. She runs the IPE Book Club in the summer for former and current students. She is an avid tennis fan (especially of Serena Williams and Rafael Nadal), collects water bottles, and loves lighthouses and Maine's Midcoast and Downeast coasts.

Academic research/areas of interest

  • International and comparative political economy
  • Political risk and multinational corporations
  • Politics of foreign direct investment
  • Political economy of energy extraction
  • Corporate social responsibility

Fall 2017 Courses

  • HPSS-S485-01 International Human Rights and Law
  • HPSS-S439-01 Political Economy Of Global Supply Chains
  • HPSS-S439-02 Political Economy Of Global Supply Chains

Spring 2018 Courses

  • HPSS-S438-01 Gendered Global Political Economy
  • HPSS-S101-17 Topics: History, Philosophy, & The Social Sciences
  • HPSS-S101-18 Topics: History, Philosophy, & The Social Sciences


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