Rachel Strohm

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Graduate Students

Personal Statement: 

I'm a sixth year PhD candidate.  My research focuses on elite cohesion and statebuilding in postcolonial countries.  I’m interested in thinking rigorously about how to learn from cross-regional comparisons, and how we can generalize about complex findings in the social sciences.

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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