Governance / Democracy

Research Interest

Michelle Reddy

Program Director and Assistant Adjunct Professor
Master in Development Practice (MDP), Goldman School of Public Policy

Michelle Reddy is a political sociologist with interests in international development and organizations. Her recent work has largely focused on social mobilization during crises: Ebola, COVID-19, and the European migration crisis and how crises reflect wider challenges in democracy and development. A second, related line of work focuses on the expansion and professionalization of civil society organizations, education, and health NGOs in developing countries.

Dorothy Kronick

Assistant Professor of Public Policy
Goldman School of Public Policy

Dorothy Kronick is a political scientist focused on contemporary Latin American politics, especially Venezuelan politics. Her work on crime and policing in the Americas highlights unintended consequences of common policies such as seizing illegal drugs or rewriting criminal procedure codes. She also studies democratic backsliding and competitive authoritarianism.

Sean Gailmard

Political Science

Sean Gailmard is a professor of political science at UC Berkeley. He studies institutional development from a strategic perspective. His recent research focuses on historical political economy, particularly strategic dilemmas of governance in early modern empires.

Andres Rodriguez Clare


Andrés Rodríguez-Clare is the Edward G. and Nancy S. Jordan Professor of Economics at the University of California, Berkeley. He is also a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research in the International Trade and Investment group and Research Fellow at the Center for Economic and Policy Research. Prof. Rodríguez-Clare studies how globalization affects welfare, inequality, employment and the environment.

David Grewal

Professor of Law
Jurisprudence and Social Policy, Berkeley Law School

David Singh Grewal is Professor of Law at Berkeley Law School and a member of the Jurisprudence and Social Policy Program. His first book, Network Power: The Social Dynamics of Globalization (Yale, 2008) offered an analysis of globalization. He teaches and writes on international law, including international economic law and international legal theory, among other topics.

Matthew Specter

Senior Fellow
Institute of European Studies

Matthew Specter (PhD, Duke) writes on 20th century European, American and global intellectual history, especially the history of German political thought and the history of IR theory. A former tenured Associate Professor of History at Central Connecticut State University, he is currently a Lecturer in History at Santa Clara University and Associate Editor of History and Theory. He is the author of Habermas: An Intellectual Biography (Cambridge 2010) and The Atlantic Realists: Empire and International Political Thought Between Germany and...

Jennie Barker

Graduate Student
Political Science

Jennie Barker is a Ph.D. student in political science at the University of California, Berkeley, where she studies international influences on democratization. Her current research examines recipient government behavior toward democracy assistance. Prior to coming to UC Berkeley, Barker worked at the National Endowment for Democracy and completed a Fulbright fellowship in Germany.

Barker is also a recipient of the 2021 IIS Pre-Disseration Research Fellowship.

Rodrigo Ramirez-Perez

Undergraduate Student
Political Science

Rodrigo Ramirez-Perez is a third year Political Science and Philosophy major. His academic interests include international organizations and their subversion of state sovereignty, the causes and exacerbating elements of genocides, and the long-term state stability-related effects of state violence on citizen populations. Rodrigo has served as a research assistant to Dr. Susan Hyde since May 2020, researching regional organizations, human rights, and policing in the United States. Since 2016, Ramirez-Perez has worked as a leadership...

Ali Hasan

Undergraduate Student
Political Science

Ali Hasan is in his third-year pursuing a B.A. in Political Science with a concentration in Comparative Politics and a minor in Rhetoric. His interests include constitutional law, failed states, postcolonial politics, political theory, and the intersection of rhetoric and politics. Hasan is also involved with the City of Berkeley’s Peace and Justice Commission, UC Berkeley’s model UN team, and political publications centered around international relations and human rights. After graduation, he hopes to pursue law school and learn more about criminal justice reform and public interest law...

Ben Harper

Undergraduate Student
Political Science

Ben Harper is a senior pursuing a B.A. in Political Science and Music. His academic interests include early to modern political theory and comparative political economy. Since January 2020, he has served as a research assistant to Chancellor’s Professor Emeritus David Collier, assisting with writing, editing, and researching scholarly work on the critical junctures methodology in Political Science. He is currently conducting research on contemporary populism and globalization using this framework. He has also interned at the Oakland Mayor’s Office, where he conducted research on policies...