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Mie Inouye Political Theory, Social Movements, Black Political Thought, American Political Thought, History of Political Thought, Theories of Political Action, Religion and Politics. Antinomies of Organizing
Constantine Manda Comparative Politics, Political Economy Three Essays in African Politics
Stephen Moncrief International Relations

The Long Commitment: UN Peacekeeping, Statebuilding, and Security Sector Reform

Mie Inouye

Date PhD expected: May 2021 (expected)
Advisors:  Karuna Mantena, Noreen Khawaja, Helene Landemore, James Scott

Dissertation Title:
Antinomies of Organizing

Mie is a joint PhD candidate in Political Theory and Religious Studies. She holds a B.A. from Tufts University and an M.A. from the University of Toronto.

Her dissertation, Antinomies of Organizing, reconstructs theories of political organizing from the praxis of organizers in the twentieth-century U.S. labor and civil rights movements. It traces the relationship between democratization and subjective transformation in the American organizing tradition and argues that this tradition holds important insights into the modes and ends of democratic participation.

Areas of Concentration:

  • Political Theory
  • Social Movements
  • Black Political Thought
  • American Political Thought
  • History of Political Thought
  • Theories of Political Action
  • Religion and Politics

Constantine Manda

Date PhD expected: May 2021 (expected)
Advisors:  Kate Baldwin (Advisor & Committee Chair),  Dan Mattingly (Committee Member),  Frances Rosenbluth (Committee Member)

Dissertation Title:
Three Essays in African Politics

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I am a PhD candidate in the Department of Political Science at Yale University. My research straddles both comparative politics and political economy with a regional focus on Africa. I am generally interested in understanding how politics affects policymaking in economic development, however, I also work on other research areas including ethnic politics in Africa and understanding how pre-colonial societies still affect outcomes today in Africa.

My dissertation is a set of three essays in African politics. The first essay seeks to understand how ethnic minority leaders govern in Africa including how they distribute and share power with other ethnic groups but also how they mitigate risks of coups and civil wars. Specifically, I argue that ethnic minority leaders may be more likely to appoint coethnics in critical cabinet positions to mitigate the risks to coups and civil wars. I find that ethnic minority leaders are associated with being more likely than leaders from the plurality ethnic group to appoint coethnics in cabinet positions, particularly critical cabinet positions such as finance and defense. Despite also being associated with more coup attempts, ethnic minority leaders in Africa are not associated with a greater chance of these coups succeeding nor the incidence of civil wars.

The second essay in the dissertation looks at how pre-colonial political centralization affects religious beliefs today. Specifically, I argue and find, that because political rulers in pre-colonial Africa may have needed an argument of divine selection into their political leadership positions, that Africans today who are part of ethnic groups whose pre-colonial political centralization was high may be more likely to believe in a personal god, among other relevant religious beliefs.

The third essay exploits temporal and spatial variation in violent events to look at how violence affects attitudes toward political integration into a supra-national political state, the proposed East African Federation that hopes to include Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda. I find that Tanzanians surveyed within 14 days of violent events in Tanzania living increasingly close to where this violence occurred are less likely to approve of the proposed federation.

In addition to my doctoral work, I am also published in the Quarterly Journal of Economics, with co-authors, where we experimentally identify complementarities between financing for inputs and performance pay in early grade education in Tanzania.

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Areas of Concentration:

  • Comparative Politics
  • Political Economy

Stephen Moncrief

Date PhD expected: May, 2020 (expected)
Advisors:  Nuno Monteiro, Elisabeth Wood, Steven Wilkinson

Dissertation Title:
The Long Commitment: UN Peacekeeping, Statebuilding, and Security Sector Reform

I am a PhD Candidate in the Political Science Department at Yale University. My current research focuses on United Nations peacekeeping, international intervention, statebuilding, and political violence. I have presented my research at a number of national social science conferences, and my work has also been published in the Journal of Peace Research.

In my dissertation, I examine how UN peacekeeping has changed since the end of the Cold War. Specifically, I examine how UN peacekeeping has gradually come to resemble external statebuilding. I study the effects of this change on the duration and effectiveness of UN peacekeeping operations. I argue that when a UN peace operation commits to statebuilding, it invites new challenges that undermine its ability to exit. To support my argument, I use large-N quantitative analysis, as well as in-depth case studies of UN missions in Haiti and Sierra Leone.

Personal website

Areas of Concentration:

  • International Relations
  • Comparative Politics
  • Political Violence