2020-21 Undergraduate Fellowship Mentors

Each of our undergraduate fellows works together with a graduate student mentor on a project in international studies. Meet our current graduate student mentors here:

Juan Campos

Juan 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.

Anirvan 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.

Pranav 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.

Johnathan Guy

Johnathan 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.

Nicholas 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.

Adan Martinez

Adan 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.

Oren Samet

Oren is pursuing a PhD in Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley. His research interests include comparative politics and comparative democratization, with a particular focus on political transitions, parties, and elections in Southeast Asia. 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. in Public and International Affairs from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School.

Surili 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.

Alexander Stephenson

Alex is a PhD Student in the Travers Department of Political Science at UC Berkeley. His primary research interests are military organizations, policing, the determinants of political violence, and causal inference. He is also interested in creating tools to make software easier to use for non-technical political scientists. Alex holds a B.A from the University of Minnesota focused on Political Science and Statistics.