Carrie Konold is a PhD candidate in political science at the University of Michigan, and expects to complete her degree in the spring of 2009. She studies comparative politics with a focus on public opinion and religion and politics. Her dissertation research examines the character, extent, and theoretical implications of challenges to secularism in democratizing Muslim countries. She has collected and analyzed data on public attitudes and values underlying support for democracy and secularism in Senegal. She has also conducted research in Algeria, and has written on perceptions of corruption and on generational politics in developing countries.