Introducing the 2017-2018 CSDP Fellows

Wednesday, Apr 12, 2017

We are delighted to introduce next year's visiting fellows in the Center for the Study of Democratic Politics. This eighteenth cohort of CSDP fellows will be in residence through the 2017-2018 academic year. The CSDP fellows pursue their research, contribute to the intellectual life of the Center, the Woodrow Wilson School, and the Department of Politics, and engage with Princeton faculty and students. Please join us in welcoming them to Princeton in September.

Octavia (Dana) Foarta is Assistant Professor of Political Economy at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Dana will be a 2017-2018 fellow of both the Center for the Study of Democratic Politics (CSDP) and the Julis-Rabinowitz Center for Public Policy and Finance (JRCPPF). Her research examines the links between political economy and financial regulation. It focuses on the coordination of government policies within banking unions, on the links between local and supranational regulation and the design of regulatory institutions. Her current work examines information transmission between regulators and the its implications for the structuring of regulatory institutions. Dana received her PhD in Economics from MIT and her BA in Economics and Mathematics from Amherst College. 


Daniel Q. Gillion is the Presidential Associate Professor at the University of Pennsylvania. He was the Ford Foundation Fellow and the Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Scholar at Harvard University. He is the author of The Political Power of Protest, which was the winner of the 2014 Best Book Award from the Race, Ethnicity, and Politics Section of the APSA. He also authored Governing with Words: The Political Dialogue on Race, Public Policy, and Inequality in America, which won the 2017 W.E.B. Du Bois Book Award from NCOBPS.  As a CSDP fellow, Daniel will assess the tumultuous history of racial inequality in America by exploring the public policies that have been most successful at lowering racial and ethnic disparities, passing in Congress and becoming law, and being well-received by the American public. This research stems from his third book project entitled, Policies that Matter. Daniel’s 2017-2018 CSDP fellowship is supported by CSDP and the Department of Politics.


Kenneth Lowande studies American political institutions, policymaking under separate powers, and the executive branch. His dissertation research examined how bureaucratic agencies interact with elected politicians. Kenny leveraged original correspondence data between agencies and members of Congress to study bureaucratic responsiveness, legislative influence, and constituent representation. In addition, he has an ongoing project on presidential power and delegation to executive agencies. While at CSDP, he will advance both of these projects. For the 2016-2017 academic year, Kenny was a postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Political Science at Washington University in St. Louis. He completed his Ph.D. in the Department of Politics at the University of Virginia in 2016.


Thomas Ogorzalek is Assistant Professor of Political Science and Urban Studies at Northwestern University, where he is also a Faculty Associate in the Institute for Policy Research. His research addresses questions at the intersection of urban politics, race, and American political development. While visiting CSDP, he will be putting the final touches on his first book, Cities on the Hill: How Urban Institutions Transform National Politics (Oxford University Press), which examines the origins of the urban-rural divide in American politics; beginning research on his next project, Working Families, Global Cities, which analyzes the organizational politics of rapid neighborhood change in major American cities; and continuing work on the Chicago Democracy Project, a civic scholarship Web site and research group that provides analysis of Chicago politics and policy. 


Sally Nuamah will be in the second year as 2016-2018 Values and Public Policy Postdoctoral Research Associate with appointment in the Woodrow Wilson School/Center for the Study of Democratic Politics and the University Center for Human Values. She is a politics and policy scholar focusing on issues related to race, gender and education, both in the U.S and abroad. As a fellow, she will be working on a book manuscript, "When Schools Close: Race, Reform and the Political Beliefs of Americans," that examines the political consequences of school closure for racial attitudes and democratic politics. She will also assess the normative implications of the school closure policy's impacts.

In addition to her research, Sally has an award winning film on girls and education in Ghana, HerStory, and a number of experiences with large organizations including the American Bar Foundation, the United States Agency for International Development and the United Nations Foundation. She received her Ph.D. in political science from Northwestern University. Sally will join the faculty at Duke University in the fall of 2018.