The Towson University Journal of International Affairs is honored to host Dr. Seth Gitter in the 10th presentation of the Eric A. Belgrad Speaker Series on Monday, April 3rd from 6:00-8:00pm in LA 4310. The topic of Dr. Gitters lecture is:

 Understanding Development Through Data and Undergrad Research”

Over the last several decades global poverty has declined and lives are better overall in many countries. Our understanding of improvement in nutrition, education, and women’s empowerment comes from survey data of households. Towson students working with Dr. Gitter have done numerous projects showing changes in nutrition, women’s employment, child marriage, and health using this same survey data. Together these projects explain how our world is changing and offer insight into adapting policy to global change.


Dr. Seth Gitter’s Biography 

Seth Gitter is a Professor of Economics at Towson University. He holds a Ph.D. from the Agricultural and Applied Economics Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a B.A. in Economics from Grinnell College. His research focuses on a variety of issues in Latin American countries including early childhood development, cash transfers, schooling, migration, fair-trade coffee, and quinoa. He has received research grants from the Inter-American Development Bank and the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development to study the effects of conditional cash transfers on early childhood development. He also has worked for a variety of international organizations including the World Bank, United Nations and Evidence Action. He was the recipient of the Teaching Award (2018) for Towson’s College of Business and Economics.

Offered under the auspices of the Towson University Journal of International Affairs, the goal of this speaker series is to shed light on a timely issue in the general field of international relations, broadly construed. In keeping with the spirit of the man in whose honor it was created, the speakers will seek to guide the audience to think more clearly about the topic of their talk rather than present predetermined conclusions meant for the sterile kinds of ideological “debate” that is unfortunately so prevalent today. We are particularly interested in inviting a broad spectrum of students to attend the talks in hopes of generating conversations and independent analysis. The opening remarks of the speakers will be published in that semester’s issue of the journal and will be featured prominently on the journal’s website.

Towson University Economics professor seth gitter with a group of children on a trip to honduras


The best place to park for this event is the Towsontown Garage, which is located on University Avenue just off Towsontown Boulevard. If you are coming from Bosley Avenue or West Burke Avenue, the garage will be on your left. If you are coming from North Charles Street, the garage will be on your right. Once you enter the garage through the commuter entrance to the left, you will need to purchase a visitor permit at the paystation as soon as you enter on the right. The paystation is used as follows:

Push any button on the paystation to begin. Paystation accepts cash in the amount of $10, $5, $1, quarters and nickels (dimes and pennies are not accepted) and no change/refund is given. Debit/Credits cards are also accepted. Place the ticket from the paystation, face up on the dash of the vehicle. There are free 5 minute spaces to use in order to retrieve the permit from the paystation.

The visitor parking rate is $3 an hour, but after 3:30 PM, visitors also have the option to pay $5 to park for the rest of the day. Once you have a visitor permit, you must park in the designated visitor spots on the ramp leading up to floor 2 of the garage. They will be designated with these signs:


After you have parked, walk up the ramp and take the main walkway into the College of Liberal Arts. You should be seeing this entrance:


Once you have entered the building, take a left turn and walk to the elevators across from Room 2310. Take them to the 4th floor, and you will end up right outside Room 4310.