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Andrew Wojtanik

Personal Statement

Andrew Wojtanik is a Ph.D. Candidate in political science at the University of California, Berkeley, with a focus on elite politics and regime decision-making in Sub-Saharan Africa. His work draws on an original dataset on individual elites in Africa from 1960-2010, archival materials, and firsthand interviews with former ministers, party brokers, and other government officials in Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda. Andrew is a recipient of the National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship and the Peter H. Odegard Memorial Award in Political Science at UC-Berkeley. Prior to joining UC-Berkeley, Andrew worked for several years on foreign affairs in Washington, DC and served as a researcher at the Harvard Kennedy School. Andrew completed a Bachelor of Science in International Politics (summa cum laude) at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service in 2012.