Resident Research Associates

 

Anustubh2Anustubh Agnihotri 

Anustubh is pursuing his Ph.D. in Political Science at UC Berkeley. His research interests include political economy of development, party politics, and how emerging technologies (re)shape societies. His dissertation explores the role of street level bureaucracy in influencing the quality of public service delivery in India. Prior to pursuing his Ph.D., Anustubh worked as a research manager for Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) in Odisha, India. Anustubh holds Masters degrees in Global Policy Studies and Electrical Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin. He also holds a Bachelor’s in Electronics & Telecommunication Engineering from Pune University, India.

http://anustubhagnihotri.com


Mango Angar2Jane Mango Angar 

Mango is pursing her PhD in Political Science at the University of California at Berkeley. As a comparativist she aims to explore the implications of electoral violence on political accountability, the effects of electoral violence on the long-term welfare of historically marginalized communities and the effectiveness of institutional reforms intended to mitigate the occurrence of electoral violence. She is equally interested in examining the effects of the weaponization of sexual violence against women during political violence on the participation of women in politics as voters and as candidates. Her regional focus is on East Africa.

In 2017 she worked as the assistant editor to the ‘Asian Women’ journal, at the Research Institute of Asian Woman (RIAW), Sookmyung Women’s University. She has also interned with The Asia Foundation, on the Women Business Center and Incubation Project (WBC), a microfinance development project that works to foster women entrepreneurs with small and medium sized business in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. Mango has a Masters in Development Policy from the Korea Development Institute (KDI) School of Public Policy and Management, and a Bachelors in Political Science and International Relations from Sookmyung Women’s University in South Korea.


Clara-BicalhoClara Bicalho 

Clara Bicalho is a PhD student in Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley. Her substantive research interests include political participation and accountability, and migration and the political geography of migrant integration. Her methodological interests have focused on experimental research methods and on developing tools to improve and communicate research designs. She received a B.A. in Political Science from New York University Abu Dhabi and has worked as a researcher and predoctoral fellow at the NYU Center for Technology and Economic Development and the Berlin Social Science Center, respectively.


Anna CallisAnna Callis 

Anna joined the Center on the Politics of Development in August 2015. She is pursuing a Ph.D. in Political Science at the UC Berkeley. Her research interests include comparative politics, political economy and research methods, with a particular focus on political parties, party systems, and multi-method research. Anna holds a Master’s degree in Political Science from FLACSO, Ecuador and a B.A. in Political Science and Latin American and Caribbean Studies from the University of Michigan. Prior to pursuing her Ph.D., she worked at UFCW Local 876, a union that represents workers in the food retail and meat packing industries.


Juan-Campos2Juan Campos 

Juan Campos is a Ph.D. student in political science at the University of California, Berkeley.  He is generally interested in studying security institutions, political violence, and corruption in Latin America.  His most recent research assesses the causes and consequences of drug trafficking violence in Mexico.  Juan holds an M.A. in political science from California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) and a B.A. in government and international politics from George Mason University.  Before starting his doctoral program at UC Berkeley, Juan was a research assistant at CSULB and worked as a teaching assistant at Harvard University for a course on U.S.-Mexico relations.


Anirvan2Anirvan Chowdhury

Anirvan is a graduate student at UC Berkeley’s department of political science. His broad research interests lie in comparative politics and the political economy of development. His current projects centre on women’s political mobilisation and collective action, ideology in political parties, and public service delivery. Prior to this, Anirvan worked at the International Food Policy Research Institute and the World Bank in Washington DC, and at the Centre for Policy Research in New Delhi, India. He has studied economics and public policy at the Madras School of Economics and Georgetown University, respectively.

https://anirvanchowdhury.github.io


Sarah Daniel2Sarah Daniel

Sarah is pursuing a Ph.D. in Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley. Her thematic research interests include comparative politics, Africa and the African diaspora, and global political economy. In particular, she focuses on the convergence between international development and cross-cultural oppositions to oppression and conflict. Prior to beginning her doctoral program, Sarah worked as a Research and Development Manager in Tanzania, monitoring the efficacy of an NGO’s development projects deployed in villages across the rural Kilimanjaro region. Sarah received her B.A in International Studies at the University of California, Irvine.


Natalia Garbiras DiazNatalia Garbiras Díaz

Natalia is a Max Weber Fellow at the European University Institute. She received her Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley, in 2021 and is a Research Associate at the Center on the Politics of Development. My main research interests are in comparative politics and the political economy of development, focusing on corruption, public goods provision, and accountability in Latin America. I also study the formation of citizen and ex-combatant attitudes and their role in stabilizing peace in post-conflict settings. In her dissertation, she explores the information and institutional environments that pave the way for outsider candidates’ rise and success. She holds an M.A. in Economics from the University of Los Andes (Colombia). Before receiving her Ph.D., she worked at the World Bank, the Observatory of Democracy, and Colombia’s National Planning Department.

http://nataliagarbirasdiaz.weebly.com/


Rachel FisherRachel Fisher

Rachel joined the Center on the Politics of Development in August 2017. She is pursuing her Ph.D. in Political Science at UC Berkeley with a focus on comparative politics. Her research interests include candidate ambition and recruitment, international development, and policy evaluation. She employs experimental methods to study gender differences in political participation. Prior to starting her doctoral program, Rachel spent several years working for the Gender and Civic Engagement Lab running field experiments domestically and abroad in Uganda. Her work has been published in the journal Political Behavior. She received her B.S. in Sociology from Brigham Young University and a graduate certificate in Project Monitoring and Evaluation from American University.


Ritika Goel2Ritika Goel

Ritika is a PHD candidate in Comparative Politics at the University of California, Berkeley. Her research interests lie at the intersection of comparative politics and public policy. Broadly, she is interested in investigating the political conditions under which developing country governments implement pro-poor or egalitarian public policy. She is also interested in decisions around the distribution of societal penalties, business- state relationship and drivers of socio-economic mobility. Before coming to Berkeley, Ritika worked in International Development in South Asia including with the International Finance Corporation (IFC), World Bank Group and with the UK Department for International Development (DFID). She has a Masters in Economics and Public Policy from Princeton University, and a Bachelors in Engineering from NSIT, Delhi University.


Pranav Gupta2Pranav Gupta

Pranav is a Ph.D. candidate in Political Science at the University of California at Berkeley. Prior to joining UC Berkeley, he had completed an M.Sc. in Political Science and Political Economy from the London School of Economics and Political Science. He also holds a B.A. in Economics from St. Stephen’s College, University of Delhi. His broad research interests include party systems, voting behavior, and the politics of public service delivery.


Johnathan3Johnathan Guy

Johnathan Guy is pursuing a Ph.D. in Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley, with a focus on the comparative political economy of energy and climate change. More specifically, he is interested in how decarbonization (or lack thereof) in low-income societies can be understood as a political outcome, one conditioned by the presence of varied institutions and coalitions of interests. Prior to pursuing his Ph.D., Johnathan completed a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Chicago. He is also on the editorial board of The Trouble Magazine, an online publication dedicated to developing political strategies for addressing climate change.


Heinze-Alyssa-PhotoAlyssa Heinze

Alyssa is pursuing a Ph.D. in Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley. She is broadly interested in gender, representation, the political economy of development, and political inequality, with a regional focus on India. Prior to pursuing her Ph.D., Alyssa conducted research as a Fulbright-Nehru Research Fellow at the Gokhale Institute of Politics and Economics in Pune, India, and as a Lombard Fellow directing the implementation of a large-scale survey in rural Maharashtra. Through CLEA and McGorrian Fellowships at the American Institute of Indian Studies in the Deccan College Post-Graduate Research Institute, Alyssa also spent a year learning Marathi in Pune, India. Alyssa has worked for the Women’s Economic Empowerment Unit at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C., Vera Solutions in Mumbai, India, Chhori (Daughter) in Kathmandu, Nepal, and McKinsey & Company in Boston, MA. She holds an M.Sc. in Development Economics from Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne and a B.A. in Political Science and South Asian Studies from Dartmouth College.


Nick-Kuipers2Nicholas Kuipers

Nick joined the Center on the Politics of Development in August 2017. He is pursuing a Ph.D. in Political Science at the UC Berkeley. His research interests include comparative politics and political economy, with a particular focus on the origins and consequences of democracy and conflict in Southeast Asia. Nick holds a B.A. in Politics from Oberlin College. Prior to pursuing his Ph.D., he worked as a researcher in Jakarta at SMRC, a local political consulting firm specializing in survey research. In 2014-2015, Nick received a Fulbright grant to Indonesia.

https://nicholaskuipers.com


Adan Martinez Adan Martinez

Adan S. Martinez is pursuing a Ph.D. in Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley, with a focus on comparative politics, political economy, and political behavior in Latin America. His research interests include the provision of public goods, class and ethnic cleavages, and political behavior addressing public good disparities. Prior to starting his doctoral program, Adan spent time working at his alma mater as a fundraiser and a legislative assistant in the Minnesota state legislature. He received his B.A in Political Science and Latin American Studies from Macalester College.


Lily MedinaLily Medina

Lily Medina is a Ph.D. student in political science at the University of California, Berkeley. Her substantive research interests include political violence, criminal governance and citizens’ attitudes towards state and non-state actors in Latinamerica. She holds an M.S. in statistics from Humboldt University of Berlin and a B.S. in industrial engineering from University of Los Andes of Bogota. Before attending U.C. Berkeley, Lily was a predoctoral fellow at the Berlin Social Science Center (WZB) within the Institutions and Political Inequality unit. Her work includes evaluating community-driven development initiatives and their effect on citizen attitudes toward authority as well as R-packages for experimental designs and Bayesian methods for causal inference.


Bhumi PurohitBhumi Purohit

Bhumi joined the Center on the Politics of Development in August 2016. She is a Ph.D. Candidate in Political Science at University of California, Berkeley. Her research interests broadly focus on gender, bureaucracy, and representation with a regional focus on India. Her dissertation examines how bureaucrats react to the entry of minority politicians through reserved seats, particularly women, and the effects of bureaucratic discretion on policy outcomes. She further studies the strategies minority politicians use to overcome bureaucratic discretion. Prior to pursuing her Ph.D., Bhumi worked as a policy consultant with the Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) in Delhi, India. She has also worked as a Program Associate with One Acre Fund and served as a Clinton American-India Foundation Fellow in India. She holds an M.Sc. in Contemporary India Studies from the University of Oxford, and a B.A. in Public Policy from Duke University.

https://bhumipurohit.com/


Catlan-Reardon2Catlan Reardon

Catlan is pursuing a Ph.D. in Political Science at UC Berkeley. Her research interests include the political economy of development and comparative politics with a particular focus on how non-state actors influence local level development and violence in Sub-Saharan Africa. Prior to graduate school, Catlan worked for Innovations for Poverty Action in Uganda and Kenya managing studies on micro-savings, health and governance, and technology diffusion. She also was a Research Manager at the Institution for Social and Policy Studies at Yale University. Catlan holds an M.A. in Political Science from Leiden University and a B.A. in Political Science from Wake Forest University.

http://www.catlanreardon.com


Johanna Reyes OrtegaJohanna Reyes Ortega

Johanna is pursuing a PhD in Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley focusing on comparative politics and international development. She is particularly interested in exploring how economic shocks generated by mass social phenomena (such as migration patterns or revolutions) can lead to more equitable policies that favor vulnerable populations such as women or the poor, and in evaluating the role of diasporas in promoting economic growth in developing countries, particularly in Latin America. Prior to Berkeley,
she worked for the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs and for a Los Angeles based nonprofit organization that educates local Latinx elected officials on water and sustainability issues. She’s holds a Master’s Degree in Applied Development Economics from the London School of Economics and a Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations and the Global Economy from the University of Southern California.

Oren Sammet2Oren Samet

Oren Samet is a PhD candidate in the Political Science Department at the University of California, Berkeley. His research centers on opposition parties and civil society, focusing in particular on the international activities of these actors in authoritarian contexts. Before coming to Berkeley, he worked in various roles for non-governmental organizations in Thailand, including as Research and Advocacy Director for ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights, a network of regional legislators. He previously worked as a Junior Fellow in the Democracy and Rule of Law Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and holds a B.A. from Princeton University’s School of Public and International Affairs.


Carlos schmidt padilla2Carlos Schmidt Padilla

Carlos is a graduate student in Political Science at the University of California at Berkeley and a Research Associate at the Center on the Politics of Development. Broadly, his research interests encompass the political economy of development of Latin America and of sub-Saharan Africa. In particular, he focuses on questions concerning violence, religion, political and economic history, and land tenure systems.

http://cschmidtpadilla.com


Surili SethSurili Sheth

Surili is pursuing a Ph.D. in Political Science at the University of California at Berkeley. Her research interests center on identities (such as gender, religion, and caste), public service delivery, local institutions and inequality in South Asia and the United States. Prior to pursuing her Ph.D., Surili worked as a fellow with IMAGO Global Grassroots in Ahmedabad and Delhi, a manager with IDinsight in Hyderabad, Vijayawada, and Delhi, and a research associate with the Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) in Hyderabad, India. In these capacities, she has worked with SEWA, Transform Rural India, the Society for the Elimination of Rural Poverty in Andhra Pradesh (SERP), Ministry of Rural Development (Andhra Pradesh), and Gates Foundation on projects encompassing biometric smartcards and governance, rural livelihoods, women’s agency and empowerment, and water and sanitation. She has also worked with the Affordable Housing Institute in Boston and the Busara Center for Behavioral Economics in Nairobi. Surili holds an MPA/ID from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and a B.S. in Economics and Political Science from Ohio State University.


SONY DSCAndrew Wojtanik

Andrew Wojtanik is a PhD student in Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley, with a focus on political transitions and authoritarian politics. He plans to explore the factors and institutions that help sustain authoritarian rule and to dissect the internal elite dynamics that underpin autocratic regimes. Andrew has a regional interest in Sub-Saharan Africa and, before starting a PhD, spent several years working on Africa and national security issues in various positions in academia and the US government. He completed a B.S. in International Politics at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service in 2012.


Kamya YadavKamya Yadav

Kamya is pursuing her Ph.D. in Political Science at UC Berkeley. Her research interests include gender and politics in South Asia, the political economy of development, and  influence operations as well as their impact on women politicians. She is especially interested in exploring women’s political representation and participation in India through empirical and qualitative methods. Kamya holds a B.A. in Politics from Princeton University and has worked as a researcher for the Partnership on Countering Influence Operations at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.


Soo You2Soo Sun You

Soo Sun You is pursuing a Ph.D. in Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley, with a focus on comparative politics, political behavior, and public policy. Her research interests lie at the intersection of economic and political inequality and development. She plans to study how political institutions affect levels of perceived economic inequality and political behavior in sub-Saharan Africa. Prior to pursuing her Ph.D., Soo Sun worked as a Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) research fellow in Ethiopia, implementing randomized controlled experiments aimed at empowering women. She also worked as a journalist in Seoul, South Korea, focusing on minority rights and education. She holds a Master of Public Policy from Seoul National University and a B.A. in Economics from UC Berkeley.


headshotCharlotte Zell

Charlotte Zell is a Ph.D. student in Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley. She studies comparative politics, political economy, and the connection between institutions and policy outcomes, with a particular focus on climate change and clean energy transitions. Charlotte holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of California, San Diego