Political Science Department

Fathimath Musthaq

Assistant Professor of Political Science

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Political economy, central banking, development, financialization, South Asia, Latin America.

Fathimath Musthaq’s research interests are in central banking, the politics of finance and financialization, natural resources, colonial legacies and development. Her dissertation examined the trajectory and politics of central banking in the Global South, focusing in particular on when central banks accommodate financial accumulation by banks and nonbanks that impede broader growth and development goals. Areas of ongoing research include the pathways through which hierarchies in the international system incentivize financialization of debt and natural resources in poor countries, the role of the state in de-risking accumulation in late capitalism, the politics of climate finance, and the impact of colonial legacies on development trajectories. Fathimath received her PhD in political science from Indiana University Bloomington in 2021. Before starting her PhD, she worked in the NGO sector as a project manager for civic education programs. She received her BA from Williams College (MA), and her International Baccalaureate diploma from the United World College of the Atlantic. Her work has appeared in New Political Economy, the Review of African Political Economy and the Journal of Democracy.

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