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Graduate Student Work in Progress Group

The goal of the Graduate Student Work in Progress Group is to provide a forum for graduate students in political science and related fields to present their work in a structured and collaborative setting.   Presenters have included first and second year students receiving feedback on seminar papers for revision, post-generals students preparing for dissertation colloquia, and senior graduate students preparing for conferences, second colloquia, dissertation defenses, and the job market. With over 20 meetings each year, students of all years in the Political Science Department received detailed and specific feedback on their projects in a constructive, mutually supportive environment.  Whereas other working groups are focused on subfield-specific topics, the Graduate Student Work in Progress Group is explicitly intended to bring graduate students of all interests, background, and experience together in a single forum.  The result is not just better individual projects, but the continued growth of the Political Science community at MIT outside the classroom.

List of presenters, 2010-2011 Academic Year

Fall Semester

Brendan Green, “Two Concepts of Liberty:  American Grand Strategy and the Liberal Tradition”
Reo Matsuzaki, “Institutions by Imposition: Colonial Lessons for Contemporary State-Building”
Matt Amengual, “Enforcement Without Autonomy: Labor and Environmental Politics in Argentina”
Gabi Kruks-Wisner, “Claiming the State: Exit, Voice, Brokerage, and Access to Public Goods in Rural Rajasthan”
Rachel Wellhausen, “When Governments Break Contracts: Foreign Investment in Ukraine”
Will Norris, “Economic Statecraft with Chinese Characteristics”
Gustavo Setrini, “Clientelism in the Age of Globalization: from Patron-Client to Supplier-client relations in Paraguay's Sugar Industry”
Nicholas Martin, “Explaining Chinese Industrial Structure”
Kai Quek, “Mechanisms of Endogenous Institutional Change”
Jon Lindsay, “The Pacemaker of Bureaucracy: Unintended Consequences of Military Information Technology Usage”
Akshay Mangla, “Rights for the Voiceless: The State, Civil Society and Primary Education in Rural India”
Mike Sances, "Campaign Funding Disclosures and Mass Political Attitudes"

Spring Semester

Daniel Altman, "The Strategist's Curse: False Optimism as a Cause of War."  
Erica Dobbs, "Social Partnership versus Sectarianism: Trade Union Responses to Immigration in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland"
Michele Margolis, “The Bias of Uninformed Voters”
Kai Quek, "Integrating Models, Experiments, and Case Studies in IR." 
Joseph Torigian, "Winning or Learning?: Continuity in China's Taiwan Policy." 
Jeremy Ferwerda,  "The Effect of Compulsory Voting: Evidence From Austria"
Tobias Harris, "Bureaucrats under pressure: How Japan's elite bureaucrats responded to administrative reform"  
Joyce Lawrence, "Trade Networks and Fiscal Stimulus”
Krista Loose and David Jae, “Explaining Unequal Participation: The Differential Effect of Winter Weather of Voter Turnout”
Greg Distelhorst, “Understanding Government Transparency Activism in China



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