Comparative Politics

Research Interest

Isabelle Valdes

Undergraduate Student
Political Science
Spanish

Isabelle Valdes is a junior at Cal double majoring in Political Science and Spanish and minoring in Data Science. Her academic interests broadly include postcolonial politics in Latin America, Andean history, indigenous politics, political theory, and quantitative methodology. She is an alum of the Pipeline Initiative in Political Science (PIPS) at UC Berkeley, and plans on pursuing a Ph.D in Political Science focused on Latin America in the future. In her free time, Isabelle is an avid reader and also enjoys cooking, going on hikes, and studying Romance languages.

Nadia AlAjmi

Undergraduate Student
Media Studies
Political Science

Nadia AlAjmi is a fourth-year international student from Kuwait that is majoring in Media Studies and Political Science, with a concentration in international relations. Her academic interests broadly include women’s rights, Eastern European politics, political psychology and how these fields intersect. Given her multicultural background, she is fluent in Polish, Arabic and English. Previously, she was a research assistant with the Center for Studies in Higher Education where her work focused on the experiences that women in and after doctoral programs went through, such as racism,...

Mark Danner

Class of 1961 Distinguished Chair in Undergraduate Education
Graduate School of Journalism
English

Mark Danner is longtime journalist and writer who holds the Class of 1961 Distinguished Chair in Undergraduate Education at the University of California at Berkeley, teaching in both the Graduate School of Journalism and the Department of English. He writes about political violence, war, and American politics, mostly for The New York Review of Books and The New Yorker, and teaches courses in foreign and war reporting and the realist and modernist novel.

Shawn Ewbank

Graduate Student
Goldman School of Public Policy

Shawn Ewbank is an MPA Candidate at the University of California, Berkeley's Richard and Rhoda Goldman School of Public Policy. He is focused on societal transformation towards peace, specifically in the context of climate change, technology, democracy and economy.

Sarayut Rueangsuwan

Graduate Student
Goldman School of Public Policy

Sarayut holds Ph.D. in Accountancy in the University of Exeter, UK. His interests include the implications of information technology for public finance, economic policy, financial regulations, renewable energy, and political architecture. He also focuses on how to develop optimal public policies to respond to such implications.

Karely Ordaz

Graduate Student
Goldman School of Public Policy

Karely Ordaz is a public sector leader with close to a decade working for the public good in both local government and community-based organizations. She holds a B.A. from UC Berkeley in American Studies with a concentration in Environment, Policy and Public Health. She was born in Mexico and immigrated to the U.S. at age 4.

In her role as Chief of Staff at a community development corporation (CDC), she leads the organization’s policy and advocacy priorities focused on achieving social equity. Prior to that she worked for an anchor institution in San Francisco...

Ritika Goel

Graduate Student
Political Science

Ritika Goel is a PHD candidate in Political Science at University of California, Berkeley. She studies comparative political economy, focusing on democratic accountability, inequality and, upward redistribution and populism.

Matthew Stenberg

Graduate Student
Political Science

Matthew Stenberg is a PhD Candidate in Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley, where he studies Central Europe and the European Union. His research interests include democratic backsliding, local politics, and multilevel party politics.

Tara Chandra

Graduate Student
Political Science

Tara Chandra is a PhD Candidate in Political Science at the University California, Berkeley. Her research focuses on gender and international security, particularly why and how insurgents target women. She is also interested in the causes and consequences of political violence more generally across different contexts.

Thad Dunning

Professor
Political Science
Center on the Politics of Development

Thad Dunning is the Robson Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley. He is also the founding faculty director of the Center on Politics of Development and authored several award-winning books, including Crude Democracy: Natural Resource Wealth and Political Regimes and Natural Experiments in the Social Sciences: A Design-Based Approach, both of which received Best Book Awards from the American Political Science Association. Prof. Dunning studies comparative politics, the political economy of development, and research methods,...