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.
Peter Johannessen’s work, supported by his Bobst Award, focuses on public participation in health care governance in Brazil, looking at the causes and consequences of the variation in the performance of Brazil’s municipal health councils.
Marcus Johnson is using his Bobst Award to continue his study on the electoral politics of ethno-racial identity groups, exploring the significance of race to the electoral politics in Latin America.
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.
Sanata Sy-Sahande used her Bobst Award to conduct preliminary fieldwork on tax collection in Benin, forming focus groups, interviewing local and high-ranking officials, collecting survey and tax revenue data in an extensive portion of the country.
Yang-Yang will use her Bobst Award to continue her examination of how refugees affect local, host communities in sub-Saharan Africa, specifically with regards to host citizens’ national identity, demand for state-provided public goods, and preferences for immigrant exclusion.