Staff of the Chicago Center on Democracy
Dr. Susan Stokes is the Faculty Chair of the Chicago Center on Democracy, where she guides the strategy and direction of the center. She is the Tiffany and Margaret Blake Distinguished Service Professor in the Department of Political Science.
Senior Research Associate
Kevin is the Senior Research Associate at the Chicago Center on Democracy, where he directs all aspects of the center’s operations, including strategy, research, fundraising, and communications.
Research Project Lead
Andres Uribe is a PhD student in Political Science. His research broadly focuses on democracy and governance in contexts of violent political contestation. In particular, his dissertation project examines the ways in which armed nonstate actors seek to influence electoral and legislative outcomes. Other projects examine rebel group-political party transitions and the rhetorical strategies of anti-democratic politicians. At the Chicago Center on Democracy, he co-leads our research on the rhetorical strategies of populist politicians.
Research Project Lead and Program Assistant
Ipek is a PhD student in Comparative Politics at the University of Chicago. At the Chicago Center on Democracy, where she co-leads our research on the rhetorical strategies of populist politicians. She also supports events and other activities. Her research interests include democratic backsliding, comparative democratization, and political economy of regime transitions. She also studies quantitative methods and their computational applications to comparative politics.
Guillermo Guevara Gomez
Guillermo Guevara is a second year Master of Public Policy student at the Harris School of Public Policy. Before coming to Harris, he held various positions at the Mexican Federal Government. As a research assistant at the Chicago Center on Democracy, Guillermo will analyze data on the rhetoric of populist leaders.
Hani Fernandes Abdel Warith
Julia is a Research Assistant at the Chicago Center on Democracy, supporting data gathering and analysis on the rhetoric of populist and establishment politicians. A second-year undergraduate student at the University of Chicago, Julia’s major interests include economics, sociology, and history.
Julia Jassey is a first year at the University of Chicago with a focus on the humanities and social science. Her academic passions are largely based upon the intersection between writing, international politics, and psychology. Julia is a Research Assistant for the Chicago Center on Democracy, where her she is working on a project to collect data about the political rhetoric employed by prominent politicians.
Program Assistant, Research Assistant
Justin is a second year at the University of Chicago studying Political Science and Environmental Studies. He is particularly interested in the intersection between the modern crisis of democracy and climate change. Beyond his academic interests, Justin is the music director for UChicago’s Make a Joyful Noise a cappella group, and enjoys photography and playing piano.
Maria is an M.A. student of International Relations at the University of Chicago. She is originally from Greece where she completed her B.A. in International, European and Area Studies. Her current research, as part of her M.A. thesis, focuses on racism in the political rhetoric of elites in the US. As a Research Assistant at the Chicago Center on Democracy, she will help translate and code populist politicians’ rhetoric in Greece.
Miles is a second year at the University of Chicago studying Political Science. He is a Research Assistant at the Chicago Center on Democracy, where he supports collecting data on the rhetorical strategies of populist leaders. On campus, Miles is also involved with the Chicago Project on Security Threats as a research assistant and enjoys watching sports in his free time.
Neil is a fourth year at the University of Chicago studying Public Policy and Philosophy. He is a Research Assistant at the Chicago Center for Democracy, where he supports projects related to state-level and national referendums. His other academic interests include theories of international relations and technology policy.
Sanittawan Nikki Tan
Nikki is a Program Assistant at the Chicago Center on Democracy, where she supports events, research, and other activities. She is an M.A. student in the computational social science program at the University of Chicago, where she studies computational methods and their applications to political science research.
Oonagh is a second-year at the University of Chicago majoring in Political Science and History, with a planned concentration in imperialism and post-colonialism. Outside of her coursework, she is heavily involved with the Society for International Relations and EUChicago.
Sandra is a PhD candidate in history at the University of Chicago. Her dissertation moves between military and missionary archives to examine Christian-mediated pathways to South Korean citizenship for North Korean refugees and POWs during the Korean War. At the center, Sandra is supporting a project that studies populist rhetoric in the speeches of South Korean political leaders.
Shreya is a Master’s in International Relations candidate, specializing in Conflict, Security and International Law. At the center, she is supporting a project on collection of data on rhetoric employed by politicians around the world.
Theo is a first-year at the University of Chicago studying Public Policy and Environmental Science. Academically, his interests center on environmental policy and the health of democracies. At the Chicago Center on Democracy, he works as a research assistant where he collects data surrounding the effect of political organizing on referendums across the globe.