David Dow


Job Candidates

Leonardo Arriola (chair), Aila Matanock, Robert Powell, Solomon Hsiang
International Relations
Methodology & Formal Theory
Academic Subfields: 
Comparative Politics
Personal Statement: 

David Dow is a PhD Candidate in comparative politics and international relations. His research interests broadly include political and violent conflict and post-conflict reconstruction. His dissertation investigates how and where post-conflict rulers target public goods and security infrastructure at the subnational level to manage the reconstruction process and argues that incentives for short-term political survival offset domestic and donor demands for long-term state-building efforts. His research has been supported by the Institute of International Studies and the Center for African Studies.

David has also served as a consultant for an evaluation of a community driven reconstruction program in Democratic Republic of Congo and a project with Amnesty International on the response of regional human rights organizations to conflict in Africa. He holds an M.A. in Political Science from UC Berkeley (2012) and a B.A. in Political Science and Economics from the University of New Mexico (2011).  

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