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.
Henrique Lasevicius Azevedo
Henrique is a first-year at the University of Chicago studying Economics with Data Science. He is a Research Assistant at the Chicago Center on Democracy, where he supports a project that analyzes populist rhetoric in the speeches of political leaders in Brazil. Beyond his academic interests, Henrique collects epigraphs from books and eccentric music tracks.
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.
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.
Lilly is a third-year undergraduate at the University of Chicago studying Critical Race and Ethnic Studies and Sociology. She is a Research Assistant at the Chicago Center on Democracy where she is helping translate and code Russian political speeches to study rhetoric used by traditional and populist political leaders. On campus, she is involved with UChicago United and the PanAsia Solidarity Coalition.
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.
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.