Spotlight

A Snapshot into the Work of Democracy and Governance Students

This Student Spotlight will be focused on the Electoral Violence class taught by Professor Jeff Fischer. The students in the class each completed individual electoral risk assessments based on the USAID Electoral Security Framework for upcoming elections in Rwanda, Liberia, Ecuador, Lebanon, and Serbia. 

In addition to the individual assessments, the students monitored the 2016 US Presidential Election and complied their findings into a report and incident database. The report draws on social media trends, conventional media reports, and other electoral monitoring reports. The study analyzed incidents of electoral violence occurring during the primary period up to the three days after polling day.