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Research in Democracy Support Grants

Research in Democracy Support Grants

The McCourtney Institute for Democracy provides research support grants of up to $5,000 for faculty or graduate students within the College of the Liberal Arts. These grants are designed to support research in topics related to democracy.

Projects grounded in either the social sciences or the humanities are equally eligible for consideration. Research conducted with undergraduates is strongly encouraged.

2020 Grant Recipients

  • Eliana Hadjiandreou, Psychology Ph.D. Student: Empathic Response and Prosocial Intentions Between Political Outgroups
  • Jens-Uwe Guettel, Associate Professor of History and German: Radical Democracy in Germany 1871-1918
  • Michele Kennerly, Associate Professor of Communication Arts and Sciences: Automatic Athens: Technology, Place, and Democratic Promise, 1820-2020
  • Cyanne Loyle, Associate Professor of Political Science: Rebel Rules: The Impact of Rebel Group Judiciaries on Democracy and Rule of Law
  • K. Bailey Thomas, Philosophy Ph.D. Student: Insidious Ignorance
  • Joseph Wright, Professor of Political Science: Technology and the Personalization of Politics
  • Wayne Yeung, Comparative Literature Ph.D. Student: The Nation and its Discontents: Ethnographies of the People from the Peripheries

2019 Grant Recipients

  • Brendan Bolte, Political Science Ph.D. student: Rebel Electoral Competition and Local Economic Reconstruction After Civil War
  • Kerby Goff, Sociology Ph.D. student: Protestant Missionaries, NGO formation and Contemporary Civil Society
  • Sophia McClennen, Professor of Comparative Literature and International Studies: The Revolution will be Satirized
  • Michael Nelson, Associate Professor of Political Science: Do Incumbents Benefit from Attacks on Democratic Institutions?
  • Eric Plutzer, Professor of Political Science, and Joe Phillips, Political Science Ph.D. student: Negative Emotions, Hope, and Political Mobilization
  • Vineeta Yadav (Associate Professor of Political Science): Elite Religiosity and its Consequences for Democratic Institutions and liberal Civil Liberties: A Comparative Study of India