Democracy & Governance Student Research Symposium

We are excited to announce that the annual Democracy and Governance Student Research Symposium will return on Wednesday, March 20th, 2024 from 6-8PM EST.

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The annual Democracy and Governance Student Research Symposium will take place on March 20th, 2024 at Georgetown University. Hosted by the Center for Democracy and Civil Society, the symposium is an opportunity for graduate students from D.C., Maryland, and Virginia (DMV) universities who are focused on democracy and governance to present their independent research and projects, gain practical experience, and connect with established and young professionals in the field.

Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Justice: Evaluating the Death Penalty’s Morality and Constitutionality
Presenter: Christian Coleman (American University, MA in Political Science)

The Mining Sector in Peru and Its Effects on Democracy and Governance Presenter: Mariana Felix Angioletti (George Washington University, MA in Intl. Development)

Looking Backwards Forward: Indigenous Nations and the Modern Political Order Presenter: Jair Peltier (Catholic University of America, MA in Human Rights)

Follow Me Out the Door: Patterns of Moral Resignation in the U.S. State Department
Presenter: Desiree Winns (George Washington University, MA in International Affairs)

Undermining Democracy: The Impact of Corruption on Mexico’s Democratic Institutions
Presenter: Andrea Fuentes (Johns Hopkins University – SAIS, MA in International Relations)

Adaptive or Authoritative Governance: Mega Water Diversion Scheme (MWDS) between China and Africa
Presenter: Swani Keelson (Johns Hopkins University – SAIS, Doctorate in International Affairs)

Punished by Color: Understanding the Growing Disproportionality of Disciplinary Rates Among Racially Minoritized Students with Disabilities
Presenter: Melody Mann (University of Maryland, PhD in Special Education)

None for Lady Justice: A Case Study of Women Judges in Ghana, Zambia, and Kenya and Implications on Liberal Democracy
Presenter: Leesa Danzek (Georgetown University, MA in Democracy and Governance)

Advancing Food Democracy: The Imperative for a National Food Bill of Rights Presenter: Tambra Raye Stevenson (American University, PhD in Communication (Media, Technology, and Democracy)

The Kuwaiti National Identity “Crisis” and its Political Effects on Kuwaiti Society, 1990-2020
Presenter: Abdulaziz Alenezi (Georgetown University, MA in Democracy and Governance)

Bridging the Gender Gap in the Indian Military: Progress and Challenges Presenter: Shakira Jackson (Georgetown University, MA in Democracy and Governance)

Security and Democracy: The Growing Question of Article 9 in Japanese Democracy
Presenter: Nicholas Zochowski (Georgetown University, MA in Democracy and Governance)

Democracy Skills Training Manuals
Presenter: Jonathan Mendoza (Georgetown University, MA in Democracy and Governance)

Regional Structural Policy in the United States and Germany
Presenter: Lucas Kreuzer (Georgetown University, MA in German and European Studies)

Combating Sextortion in Sri Lanka’s Public Administration Sector Presenter: Shreya Agarwal (George Washington University, MA in International Development)


Presentations from previous years:

How to Rig an Election: Typologies of Malign Foreign Electoral Interference

Presenters: Adnan Basheer, Leesa Danzek, Sohila Hassan, Shakira Jackson, Mason Kane, Ruwaidah Maudarbux, Owen Myers, Maja Ochojska with support from Adjunct Professor and CDACS Senior Fellow Jeffrey Fischer

Affiliation: USAID Study Group, Georgetown University  

Does Rank Choice Voting Increase Voter Turnout for Younger Generations?

Presenter: Timothy McLaughlin

Program: MA Political Science, American University

Repowering Americans: A Decentralized Approach Towards Energy Generation

Presenter: Victoria Glasgow

Program: MA Public Policy, George Mason University

Democracy 2.0: Resilience and Adaptability Built on the Neuroscience of Feeling

Presenter: Max Henning

Program: MA Democracy & Governance, Georgetown University 

Obstacles to Youth Participation in the Democratic Process and Good Governance in Lebanon

Presenter: Yara Doumit

Program: MA International Development Policy, Georgetown University 

Ukraine LGBTQIA+ Civil Society Resiliency in the Russia-Ukraine War

Presenter: Jo Desmone 

Program: German and European Studies, Georgetown University

Re-evaluating Abioye: The Connection Between Constitutions and Governance Outcomes

Presenter: Daniel Lee 

Program: PhD African Studies, Howard University 

Isolation, Distrust, and Perceived Threat: What Makes the Right in U.S. Politics

Presenter: Kyle Kim

Program: Communication, Culture, and Technology, Georgetown University 

Do No Harm: U.S. Contribution to Terrorism in Iran

Presenter: Christian Coleman 

Program: MA Political Science, American University