Nicholas R. Davis
Comparative Politics and International Relations
Nicholas is a Ph.D. candidate specializing in persistent authoritarianism, comparative democratization, and political institutions. His dissertation investigates the role of authoritarian diffusion, through regime-level learning, on the persistence of authoritarian regimes. The project explores different methods of learning: neighbor emulation, learning from structurally similar regimes, and follow-the-leader applications. His work utilizes advanced quantitative methods, including a publication in the Journal of Race, Ethnicity, and Politics (with Paru Shah) and a paper on diffusion currently under review. Nicholas has taught several courses in the classroom and online, including Introduction to Politics, Introduction to International Relations, and Introduction to Comparative Politics. He enjoys teaching, and in 2012 was awarded the First Year Student Success Award for excellence in teaching.
American Political Behavior
Broadly, Amanda studies American political behavior, but her research tends to focus on local politics, exploring questions related to local political attitudes, behavior, and representation. In her dissertation project, she applies new methods for the estimation of subnational public opinion in order to analyze the quality and process of representation in local politics. In doing so, her work bridges insights from scholarship in the fields of American political behavior, urban politics, and political methodology. Amanda attended PolMeth last summer and has presented at other regional and national conferences. Her work has appeared in Justice System Journal. She has several other pieces under review.