Comparative Politics

Research Interest

Surili Sheth

Graduate Student
Political Science

Surili Sheth 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,...

Adan Martinez

Graduate Student
Political Science

Adan 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, Martinez 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...

Nicholas Kuipers

Graduate Student
Political Science
Center on the Politics of Development

Nicholas Kuipers 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, Kuipers received a Fulbright grant to Indonesia.

Johnathan Guy

Graduate Student
Political Science

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., Guy 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...

Anirvan Chowdhury

Graduate Student
Political Science
Center on the Politics of Development

Anirvan Chowdhury 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, Chowdhury 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...

Leonardo Arriola

Associate Professor
Political Science
Center on the Politics of Development

Leonardo Arriola is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley. He is also the Director of Berkeley's Center for African Studies and co-editor of Africa Spectrum, a peer-reviewed journal published by the GIGA Institute of African Affairs. Prof. Arriola studies democratization, coalition politics, ethnic politics and political violence in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Chai Peddeti

Graduate Student
Nuclear Engineering

Chai Peddeti is a first year PhD student in the Nuclear Engineering Department at the University of California, Berkeley, specializing in Nuclear Materials. His work involves analyzing irradiated material using various laser-based spectroscopy techniques. Peddeti is interested in non-proliferation, nuclear policy relating to nuclear materials, global relations, and nuclear security.

Anthony Morreale

Graduate Student
History

Anthony Morreale is a Ph.D. Candidate in History at the University of California, Berkeley, focusing on Southeast Asia.. His dissertation researches the history of Vietnamese nationalism and Sinophobia. His interests span Southeast Asian political and social history, and he also translates Vietnamese literature into English.

Soo Sun You

Graduate Student
Political Science

Soo Sun You is pursuing a Ph.D. in Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley, with a focus on comparative politics and political behavior. Her research interests lie at the intersection of economic and political inequality and development and studies 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 and analyzing the impact of women’s empowerment programs. She also worked as...

Meiqing Li

Graduate Student
City and Regional Planning

Meiqing Li is a PhD student in City and Regional Planning at University of California, Berkeley. She studies the intersection of sustainable transportation planning, travel behavior, and built environment in the US and Asia.