Democracy Curriculum: Research, Events, and Activities

Expanding Research Opportunities

One of the key goals of the Democracy Curriculum is to expand democracy-focused research opportunities at UChicago. To reach this goal, one of our early activities is to fund undergraduate research assistants to work with faculty on research projects that relate to some aspect of democracy. Interested faculty should contact Kevin Kromash in order to apply. Students who are interested in serving as an RA should find a faculty member with whom they would work, before reaching out to us.


Events and Roundtables

The Democracy Curriculum plans to organize events on topics of interest to undergraduate students. Some of these events will take the form of College Roundtables, which bring students and faculty together with invited scholars to discuss key issues.

Public events will be listed on our events page.

Democratic Erosion Summer Internship

In the summer of 2019, the Chicago Center on Democracy, with support from the Social Sciences Collegiate Division, organized a collaborative internship between UChicago and Brown University. Three UChicago undergraduates and two Brown students worked together on a database of global incidents of democratic erosion, among other projects. During the summer of 2020, we have expanded this internship program to include 10 students from four universities: UChicago, Brown, Dartmouth, and Texas A&M. A profile on the 2019 internship is here. We are now planning to further expand this internship during the summer of 2022.

Working as a research assistant at the Chicago Center on Democracy the Summer after my Second Year was an incredibly enriching and engaging experience. Coming into the Center after taking Democratic Erosion with Professor Stokes, I was able to further follow an incredibly interesting and emerging field in Political Science. Through my work, I was able to gain not only an understanding of the state of democracy around the world, but also encouraged to immerse myself in studying specific obstacles or threats to democracy, like corruption or media restrictions. I was allowed the freedom to hone and improve my research skills, while also given enough guidance and support that the work always felt intentional and beneficial. Overall, my experience with the Center was an experience which certainly opened my career plans after college to a focus on pro-democracy and anti-corruption work.” —Carter Squires, UChicago undergraduate student and 2019 intern


Our mission: to promote teaching, research, and extracurricular activities related to democracy at the undergraduate level at the University of Chicago.