Junius Brown

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Personal Statement: 

Junius Brown is a first-year PhD student specializing in the subfield of Comparative Politics. His research relates to the political economy of development and the politics of authoritarian regimes. Specifically, he is interested in studying how periods of rapid economic growth can take place in the context of weak formal institutions and property rights, and in how authoritarian regimes adapt to changing social forces and interest groups with an eye to maintaining their hold on power. This research is united by a focus on how fragmented power structures impact policymaking and the distribution of resources in undemocratic or partially democratic systems.

He graduated from Macalester College in 2016 with a B.A. in Political Science and Sociology, and a minor in History. After pursuing a PhD in Sociology for two years at Cornell University, he transferred to UC Berkeley's Political Science department to study Comparative Politics.

Primary Subfield: 
Comparative Politics
Secondary Subfield: 
Political Theory & Philosophy