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Melanie Phillips (née Thompson)

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Barrows 394
Personal Statement

My research agenda focuses on the intra-party dynamics of candidate selection in new democracies where political parties control selection. Specifically, I am interested in how the role and preferences of gatekeepers affect women's candidacy in sub-Saharan Africa. I have conducted multiple rounds of fieldwork in Zambia.

Advisors
Leonardo Arriola, Cecilia Mo, Gabe Lenz, Sarah Anzia, and Pradeep Chhibbber
Subfields
Comparative Politics, Gender and Politics, African Politics
Personal Statement

My name is Melanie L. Phillips and I am  currently a PhD Candidate at the Charles and Louise Travers Political Science department at the University of California, Berkeley.

My research agenda focuses on the intra-party dynamics of candidate selection in new democracies where political parties control selection. Specifically, I am interested in how the role and preferences of gatekeepers affect women's candidacy in sub-Saharan Africa.  I have conducted multiple rounds of fieldwork in Zambia. 

I hold a Masters in Political Science from UC Berkeley and a Bachelor of Arts in  International Studies; Political Science with distinction from the University of California, San Diego. I was also a McNair Scholar at UC San Diego.

My work has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Institute of International Studies (Uc Berkeley), and the African Studies Center (UC Berkeley).