The CIS Summer Study Fellowship competition is open to advanced doctoral students in international affairs, regardless of home department. If you have any questions as to whether your project would qualify as "international affairs," feel free to consult with the CIS Administrative Officer John Congdon, at least one month before the deadline.
2023 CIS Summer Study Grant Awardees
Wenyan Deng, Political Science, “Trade Policy as a Tool of Authoritarian Political Control”
Jerome Patrick Diaz de Rivera Cruz, Political Science, “The Diasporic Origins of the Global Knowledge Economy: Diasporic Networks, Adaptive Governance, and the Making of the Knowledge Services Trade in the Global SouthType”
Daniel Erkel, AeroAstro, “Portfolio-based Space Strategy Optimisation in Emerging Space Nations”
Suzanne Freeman, Political Science, “The Spy and the (Autocratic) State: Theory and Politics of Civil-Intelligence Relations”
Suzanne Freeman was awarded the fourth annual Guillemin Prize.
Mariel Garcia-Montes, HASTS, “Birds on the Wire: The Sociotechnical Dimensions of Mexico’s Surveillance Culture”
Mariel Garcia-Montes was awarded the fourth annual Guillemin Prize.
Ahmet Gulek, Economics, “Who are the winners and losers from Immigration? Evidence from the Syrian Refugees in Turkey”
Eyal Hanfling, Political Science, “Lurking but Learning: The effects of WhatsApp on Intergroup Cooperation in India ”
Jared Kalow, Political Science, “Concrete Politics: Mass Infrastructure and electoral Accountability in Urban Africa ”
Rorisand Lekalake, Political Science, “Property, Place, and Politics: Essays on the Political Economy of Land in South Africa ”
Timothy Loh, HASTS, “Assistive Technologies for Deaf People in Jordan: Entanglements of Language, Religion, and Disability”
Gokul Sampath, DUSP, “Investigating the Social Determinants of Arsenic Exposure in Rural India”
Kunal Singh, Political Science, “Aborting the Bomb: Strategies of Counterproliferation”
Wright Smith, Political Science, “Disunited Fronts: State Strategies for Multifront War”
Katharin Tai, Political Science, “The Bureaucratic Ghost in the High-Tech Machine: How Government Bureaucracies shape, limit and enable High-Tech Governance”
Hao Zhang, Political Science, “Commerce, Coalitions, and Global Value Chains”
2022 CIS Summer Study Grant Awardees
Nasir Almasri, Political Science, “Reform or Revolution? How exclusion transforms Activist Ideology and Strategy”
Shekhar Chandra, DUSP, “Why Are Anti-Corruption Reforms Difficult to Implement? Evidence from India’s Three Major State Bureaucracies”
Peter Cummings, Political Science, “Social Explosion in Democracy: The Dynamics of Chile's Protests, 2006-2019”
Eleanor Freund, Political Science, “Strategies of Alignment: Explaining Variation in China's Security Partnerships, 1949-2019”
Eleanor Freund was awarded the third annual Guillemin Prize
Ahmet Gulek, Economics, “The Role of Informal Sector in Refugee crises: Evidence from the Syrian Refugees in Turkey”
Lisa Ho, Economics, “Bringing Work Home: Internet-Mediated Gig Work and Women's Employment”
Aarthi Janakiraman, DUSP, “Politics of Preservation: Nation-building through urban World Heritage”
Jung Jae Kwon, Political Science, “Security and Autonomy under the Nuclear Umbrella”
Babak Manouchehrifar, DUSP, “‘To share a tunic with whom who has None’? On the Christian tenors of Development Initiatives”
Ayan Hassan Meer, DUSP, “Exit, Voice: International Emigration, Remittances, and the Political Economy of Urbanization”
John Minnich, Political Science, “Re-Innovation Nation: Economic Security and Technology Transfer in Post-WTO China”
Elizabeth Parker-Magyar, Political Science, “State Worker Dissent and Activism in the Middle-East and North Africa”
Gabrielle Robbins, HASTS, “Growing Health: Recuperation of Body and Land in Covid-Era Highland Madagascar”
Stuart Russell, Political Science, “The Spoils of the State: Public Procurement and Political Finance in Burkina Faso”
Katharin Tai, Political Science, “The Uneven Hand of the State - Regional Disparities in Social Credit Blacklisting”
Raymond Wang, Political Science, “Building a new stove: Rising Power Strategies towards International Order”
Di Wu, HASTS, “Making AI Work: Data Labor of People with Disabilities in China’s AI Sector”
Hao Zhang, Political Science, “The Political Origins of Rules of Origin”
2021 CIS Summer Study Grant Awardees
Nasir Almasri, Political Science, "Ecosystems of opposition: How exclusion leads to Islamist moderation"
Paige Bollen, Political Science, "Co-Presence and Cooperation: The role of Space and Place in Urbanizing Africa"
Zachary Burdette, Political Science, "Economic Strategies in Great Power Politics"
Nushelle De Silva, Architecture, "Protocols for the Peripatetic: Infrastructures of Exhibition Exchange in the Modern Museum"
Carmelo Ignaccolo, DUSP, "The Hidden Haussmanns of Mediterranean Europe"
Aarthi Janakiraman, DUSP, "Urban World Heritage and the politics of identity"
Kevin Lee, DUSP, "The Politics of Decolonization: Language, Culture, and Indigenous Chamoru Politics in Guahan"
Rorisang Lekalake, Political Science, "The Varied Value of Land: Dispossession and Grievance Formation in Southern Africa"
John Minnich, Political Science, "Deep Protection: The Strategic Sources of Chinese Trade and Investment Policy 1992-2017"
Apekshya Prasai, Political Science, "Women and War: Explaining the Emergence of Inclusive Militant Organizations"
Apekshya Prasai was awarded the second annual Guillemin Prize
Blair Read, Political Science, "State Predominance and Public Services: The Politics of Public Education Provision"
Luisa Reis Castro, HASTS, "Vectors of Health: Science, Politics, and Mosquitoes in Brazil and the World"
Stuart Russell, Political Science, "When the State Spends: Public Procurement in Burkina Faso"
Emilia Simison, Political Science, "Resetting Public Policy? Democracies, Dictatorships, and Policy Change"
Meicen Sun, Political Science, "Data Flow Restrictions As Industrial Policy"
Max Vilgalys, IDSS, "Estimating the Value of Climate Information: Evidence from Colombian Coffee"
Anna Waldman-Brown, DUSP, "The role of regional Institutions in Inclusive Manufacturing Ecosystems: A cross-national Comparison"
Elizabeth (Lizzie) F Yarina, DUSP, "Mobilized Models and Managed Retreat: The case of Room for the River"
2020 CIS Summer Study Grant Awardees
Paige Bollen, Political Science, "Legibillity from Below: Language, Visibility, and Ethnic Politics in Africa"
Matthew Cancian, Political Science, "The Best of Frenemies: Unification of Rival Forces in Iraqi Kurdistan"
Ahn Chaewon, DUSP, "Manufacturing Social Capital"
Nadia Christidi, Science, Technology and Society, "Cities and the Future of Water: Dubai, Los Angeles and Cape Town"
Jungwoo Chun, DUSP, "Institutional Innovation, Change Agents and the Electrification of Personal Transportation: Case Studies of Norway, Denmark and Iceland"
Aleksandra Durova, DUSP, "Climate Change, Urban Change, and Urban Sustainability in the Arctic"
Jason Kwon, Political Science, "How Latent Nuclear Powers have Generated Security in a Nuclear Age"
Aidan Milliff, Political Science, "Making Sense and Making Do: Appraisals, Beliefs, and Decision-Making During Violence"
John Minnich, Political Science, "The International Politics of Veiled Protectionism"
Gabriel Nahmias, Political Science, "Soft Skills and Hard Work"
Elizabeth Parker-Magyar, Political Science, "Rumors and Rebuttals: Public discourse and State Media in Jordan's Coronavirus Outbreak"
Sara Plana, Political Science, "Coercive Cooperation: Explaining Reliability of State-Sponsored Armed Groups"
Sara Plana was awarded the first annual Guillemin Prize
Apekshya Prasai, Political Science, "Women's Participation in Militant Organization"
Blair Read, Political Science, "When Voice Leads to Exit: Politics of Education in Developing Democracies"
Alex Reiss Sorokin, HASTS, "Access to Law: Librarians and Lawyers in Pursuit of Legal Cases"
Michelle Spektor, HASTS, "From Documents to Data: The Emergence of National Biometric Identification Systems"
Andrew Stokols, DUSP, "Beyond the Zone: Port-Cities and Urban Innovation along China's One Belt One Road"
Joonas Tuhkuri, Economics, "Technological Change and the Future of Work: Evidence from Europe"
2019 CIS Summer Study Grant Awardees
Marsin Alshamary, “Prophet and Priests: Religious Leaders and Anti-Government Protest in Iraq”
Jungwoo Chun, “Institutional Innovation, Change Agents and the Electrification of Personal Transportation”
Isadora Araujo Cruxen, “Public-Private Partnerships and the Politics of Private Investment in Urban Water and Sanitation in Latin America”
Silvia Danielak, “Infrastructural violence: Urban Conflict in the Aftermath of Natural Disaster in Al-Hoceima, Morocco”
Aria Ritz Finkelstein, “Negotiating High Seas Biodiversity”
Yonah Freemark, “Shaping Metropolitan Mobility”
Allan Hsiao, “Deforestation and the Palm Oil Industry in Indonesia”
Nicholas Intscher, “Strength in Numbers: The Political Determinants of MNCs Supply Chain Linkages”
Jia-Hui Lee, “Rodent Technologies, Peacekeeping, and International Development”
Nina McMurray, “From Recognition to Representation: Indigenous Institutions and Democratic Citizenship”
Aidan Milliff, “Making Sense and Making Do: Civilian Decision Making during the 1947 Partition”
Juan Mateo Montenegro Zarama, “Promises and Pitfalls of Bottom-Up Monitoring: Evidence From a Facebook Campaign To Monitor Elections”
Rachel Esplin Odell, “The Contest for the Free Sea: China’s Contestation of International Maritime Law in Comparative Context”
Rida Qadri, “The Drivers of Disruption: How Bike-Taxi Drivers of Jakarta Help Sustain Ride-Hailing”
Gabrielle Robbins, “Producing Artemisinin: An Ethnography of Antimalarial Manufacture in Madagascar”
Michelle Spektor, “From Documents to Data: The Politics of National Biometric Identification Systems”
Guillermo Toral, “The Political Logics of Patronage: Politicians’ Uses of Public Employment and their Effectiveness”
Joonas Tuhkuri, “Children of Crisis: The Intergenerational Effects of Manufacturing Decline”
2018 CIS Summer Study Grant Awardees
Andrea Beck, “The Politics of Solidarity”
Tugba Bozcaga, “The Social Bureaucrat: How Ethnic and Sectarian Cleavages Harm Local State Capacity in Turkey”
Allan Hsiao, “Building Healthcare Systems: Evidence from Indonesia”
Nicholas Intscher, “The Political Origins of FDI Spillovers”
Grace Kim, “The Work of Art in the Age of Its Technoscientific Restoration: Ethics of Recovery from U.S. and Italian Laboratories”
Tim McDonnell, “The Sources of US Nuclear Posture”
Andrew Miller, “The Information Game: Gangs, States, and the Fight for Authority”
Cullen Nutt, “The Causes of Covert Action”
Rachel Odell, “Compliance, Noncompliance, and Contestation: A Comparison of Three South American Countries’ Approaches to the International Maritime Regime”
Reid Pauly, “Coercive Assurance in Nuclear Nonproliferation”
Ignacio Puente, “Incubating Capitalism: Private Equity in Latin America”
Prassanna Raman, “Success Stories in Sanitation Policy Implementation: The Case of Trichy, India”
Dorothy Tang, “Exporting China’s Urban Experiments: Chinese Investment and Special Economic Zones in the Zambian Copperbelt”
Minh Trinh, “Authoritarian Solutions to Authoritarian Information Problems”
Rixt Woudstra, “Housing a Continent: Welfare, Race and Modern Architecture in British Sub-Saharan Africa (1945-1968)”
Ketian Zhang, “Calculating Bully -- Explaining Chinese Coercion”
2017 CIS Summer Study Grant Awardees
Marsin Rahim Alshamary
Suzanne Harris Brandts
Faizan Jawed Siddiqi
2016 CIS Summer Study Grant Awardees
Colleen Xi Qiu
Luisa Reis Castro
2015 CIS Summer Study Grant Awardees
Rodrigo Rodrigues Adao
Daniel de Kadt
Emily Xi Lin
2014 CIS Summer Study Grant Awardees
Noel Anderson, Political Science
Mark Bell, Political Science
Ashawari Chaudhuri, HASTS
Laura Chirot, Political Science
Eric Chu, DUSP
James Conran, Political Science
Mitchell Cook, DUSP
Kian Goh, DUSP
Brian Haggerty, Political Science
Zachary Lamb, DUSP
Renato Lima, Political Science
Burcu Mutlu, HASTS
Tom O'Grady, Political Science
Shira Shmu'ely, HASTS
Stephen Wittels, Political Science
Alec Worsnop, Political Science