“To understand how bureaucracies influence the provision of public goods in a country with relatively weak formal political institutions, I spent part of the summer in Bobo-Dioulasso, Burkina Faso interviewing public servants. This preliminary fieldwork helped me understand who has power in the bureaucracy, laying the groundwork for future field research that will examine who gets what in the delivery of public goods.” — Molly Ariotti

“I want to know what private parties censor under authoritarian rule, so I am conducting a field experiment on approximately 1000 online media sites in Russia. Before going to the field, I created an original data set of over 20 site-level co-variates. I will use this information to both to stratify treatment randomization and to control for residual imbalances between treatment groups.”  — Charles Crabtree

“I conducted a survey experiment in Uganda to trace budget cycles in a semi-authoritarian regime and map patterns of political and ethnic favoritism. Managing a survey experiment provided invaluable, practical experience in lab-in-the-field methods and data collection in developing countries.” — Mitch Goist

“I studied Filipino at the Southeast Asian Studies Summer Institute (SEASSI). These courses equipped me with the language skills necessary to conduct fieldwork in the Philippines.”  — Laurie Tumaneng

  “To explain the historical development of political institutions in autocratic settings,I examine power-sharing issues confronting government formation in independent Mexico. At CIDE in Mexico City, I compiled and analyzed historiographical data on members of the Congress during the Porfiriato (1876-1910) to show that the legislature played a critical role in establishing stability prior to the development of party politics.” — Matthew Wilson

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