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Rachael’s dissertation explores the effects of decentralization reforms on political contestation in sub-Saharan Africa. She will use her Bobst grant to fund fieldwork in Tanzania. During fieldwork, she plans to create a community-level dataset of service provision and electoral control.

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Harris’s dissertation examines the relationship between religious leaders and the state in authoritarian countries.  He is using his Bobst grant to conduct fieldwork in China to examine the effects of tight religious control on religious organizations and their practices.

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Dayna Judge’s dissertation examines the paths to power for women. She is using her Bobst grant to conduct fieldwork in the UK and Turks and Caicos to determine how moments of crisis affect women’s ability to attain political office.

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The topic of Dan’s dissertation is hyperpresidentialism, where he seeks to determine the structural conditions that allow a president to usurp power
from congress and the judiciary. In Argentina and Chile, Dan seeks to determine why Argentine presidents have been able to concentrate power to such a great degree whereas Chilean presidents have been significantly more constrained by institutions of horizontal accountability.

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Winston is using his Bobst award to conduct fieldwork and a survey of urban and rural voters in northern France. The survey results will complement a larger study of income inequality and political populism in Europe.’

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A research grant from the Mamdouha S. Bobst Center for Peace and Justice and the Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance enables Christoph to investigate the effect of multilateral approval of U.S. interventions in two separate contexts; this research design yields findings with greater external validity than previous studies.

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Alex will be using his grant funds to explore the question of immigration restrictions in rich democracies. The results have important implications for (1) understanding anti-immigrant voting; and (2) designing more efficient but acceptable policies or interventions to change one’s mind on immigration.

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Elizabeth’s dissertation explores the formation of political cleavages in the United States and Canada. It does so by studying one stage of this process: interactions between social movement organizations and political parties.

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Killian Clarke used his Bobst grant to conduct research on political and social mobilization among Syrian refugees in the Middle East, traveling to refugee camps and settlements in Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan to conduct interviews with members of refugee communities, aid and UN organizations and government representatives.

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Cassandra Emmons is a second year PhD student in the Department of Politics studying international relations, international and comparative constitutional law, and mixed methods. With Bobst’s support, she traveled to the 2016 Southern Political Science Association to present her ongoing co-authored study of the qualitative methods curricula for political science doctoral students across 25 top American universities, highlighting areas of consensus and crisis, and offering remedying suggestions for enhancing qualitative methods curricula.