People

Current Graduate and Undergraduate Research Partners

Laura Bronner

Laura Bronner

PhD student, London School of Economics Harvard University

Laura is a PhD candidate at the London School of Economics’ Department of Government. She visited the Institute for Quantitative Social Sciences at Harvard University in Spring 2015 and the Department of Politics at NYU in Fall 2015. Previously, she was at Nuffield College, University of Oxford, for an MPhil in Politics (Comparative Government) and St Hilda’s College in Oxford for a BA in History and Politics.

Volha Charnysh

Volha Charnysh

PhD Candidate, Harvard University

Volha Charnysh is a Ph.D candidate in the Department of Government at Harvard University. Her research interests include historical political economy, comparative political behavior, and ethnic politics. Her current projects investigate the enduring effects of post-WWII displacement on economic development in Europe and the social and political impact of the Nazi death camps in the Polish countryside. 

Gal Koplewitz

Gal Koplewitz

Undergraduate, Harvard College

Gal Koplewitz is an undergraduate at Harvard College from Jerusalem, Israel studying History and Computer Science. Previously, he served in IDF Military Intelligence. He is interested in the digital humanities, and in applying computational tools to the study of Political History.

Brendan McElroy

Brendan McElroy

PhD student Department of Government Harvard University

Brendan is a PhD candidate in the Department of Government, specializing in political economy of development. His research and teaching interests include economic history, state-building, state capacity, and the history of representative institutions, with a regional focus on Russia and Eurasia.

Muharrem Aytug Sasmaz

Muharrem Aytug Sasmaz

PhD Student, Harvard University

Aytug Sasmaz is a PhD student in the Department of Government at Harvard University. He mainly works on the issues of comparative political economy of development, state-building, local governance regimes, social policy, and education policy. His regional interests lie in the Middle East and Europe.

Other Research Project Partners

Jan Teorell

Jan Teorell

Professor of Political Science, University of Lund