Rachel Strohm

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Graduate Students

Personal Statement: 

I'm a sixth year PhD candidate.  My research focuses on cross-regional comparisons in comparative politics.  I’m exploring this theme with work on elite cohesion and statebuilding in Africa and Asia, as well as welfare policy diffusion in Africa and Latin America.

I am also co-founder and chair of the board at the Mawazo Institute, which helps East African women launch careers as researchers and policy experts.  I'm passionate about amplifying the voices of African researchers and using research to improve public policy.

Before coming to Berkeley, I was a research manager in development economics at Innovations for Poverty Action.  I have work experience in Rwanda, the DR Congo, and Ghana.  I have an MA in international relations from Johns Hopkins - SAIS, and a BA in geography and French from Dartmouth.  You can view my CV as a PDF or at LinkedIn

I'm currently based in Nairobi, Kenya.  My pronouns are she / her.

Dissertation Committee Chair: 
Leo Arriola
Primary Subfield: 
Comparative Politics
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