Alice Ciciora

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Personal Statement: 

Alice Ciciora is a Ph.D. candidate in the department of political science. Her dissertation examines the surprising degree of power wielded by European farmers. With an emphasis on the French, British, and Dutch cases, she studies the ability of farmers to shape policy outcomes on a range of policy issues, most notably the Common Agricultural Policy of the European Union. She applies theories of welfare state retrenchment to both explain how reformers manage the challenges posed by European farmers and to account for the content of the final reform agreement. She is also interested in religion and politics, specifically the political dynamics of Europe's Muslim community. She holds a B.A. in Political Science and Arabic from the University of Notre Dame (2009) and a M.A. in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley (2011). She has interned in the Oireachtas (Irish Parliament) in Dublin, Ireland. Recent publications from her research on the politics of European Islam are:

Ciciora, Alice C. (2010) 'Integrating Ireland's Muslims: Attitudes of Muslim and Irish Elites towards Value Compatibility and the Mainstreaming of Islam', Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs, 30: 2, 199-216

Ciciora, Alice (2016). "Varieties of Muslim Councils in Europe." Comparative European Politics.

Dissertation Committee Chair: 
Jonah Levy
Primary Subfield: 
Comparative Politics
Secondary Subfield: 
Methodology & Formal Theory
Western Europe