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Graduate Student Workshop Archives

EACH YEAR, THE GRADUATE FELLOWS OF THE ANDREA MITCHELL CENTER invite graduate students from universities throughout the region to present their work-in-progress to a critical but supportive audience.  The topics are not linked to an annual theme, but each session includes two papers that are thematically linked.  Sessions in the past have been devoted to issues of democracy, constitutionalism, and citizenship, including surveillance, technocracy, migration, race, social rights, empire building, party politics, education, the carceral state, and many more.  Faculty, undergraduate and graduate students, and members of the public are encouraged to read the papers and attend the workshops to participate in lively academic discussions.  Graduate workshops convene once a month, usually on a Wednesday at lunchtime.  Food is provided.

2022-23 Archive

Technologies and Democracies: Transforming Citizenship and Participation

Rabani Garg (GSE, Penn)
     (Embodied) Performance of Resistance on Social Media Platforms
Terrence Chen (Sociology, NYU)
     When Does Digital Activism Work? Examining Government Responses to Online Petitions in Taiwan

Between Control and Abuse: Questioning the Legitimacy of State Power

Kierstan Kaushal-Carter (African and African American Studies, Harvard)
     Association and the Ethical Foundations of Policing

The Shrinking State, Democracy, and Public Administration

Nora Reikosky (GSE and Political Science, Penn)
     Plutocratic Actors in Education: Philanthropists, Corporations, and Liberal Democracy
Casey Eilbert (History, Princeton)
     Bureaucracy, Democracy, and the Realignment of American Politics: 1945-1968

Communal Liberals and Religious Fascists: Coptic Christians & Illiberalism in 1940s Egypt

Weston Bland (Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, Penn)
     Communal Liberals and Religious Fascists: Coptic Christians Confront Illiberal Politics in 1940s Egypt

The Contours of Citizenship: Exclusion, Policing, and Control Over Minorities

Ethan Plaue (English, Penn)
     The Patent Form: Black Romanticism and the Production of Means in the Atlantic World
Erica Lally (History, Georgetown)
     One Hundred Percent Americans: The American Protective League, Citizenship, and Social Policing During the First World War

Targeting the Monumental: Race and the Democratic Aesthetics of Memory Activism

Matt Frierdich (Politics, UVA)
     Targeting the Monumental: Race and the Democratic Aesthetics of Memory Activism

Science and Politics: How Is Public Discourse Shaped?

Vanessa Schipani (Philosophy, Penn)
     When Science Communicators Speak: Reconciling Public Reason and the Administrative State
Jeffery Berryhill (History, Rutgers)

     Condoms, Curriculum, and Crisis: How the Battles over HIV/AIDS Prevention Strategies and a Multicultural Curriculum in Public Schools Shaped New York Politics in the 1990s and Beyond

Borders and Belonging: What Makes Democratic Citizenship Possible?

Anat Dan (Comparative Literature, Penn)
     The Ocean Swimmers: Experimental Documentary and the Humanitarian Logic
Joseph Warren and Kristin Zuhone (Political Science, Berkeley)
Democracy Without Borders

2021-22 Archive

Negotiating Democracy and Race in Africa

Rehana Odendaal (Penn Sociology and GSE)
     21st Century African Leaders: Youth Leadership for Development Participants' Views on Current and Future Leaders

Difference and Democracy: Promises and Pitfalls of the Welfare State

Kim Fernandes (Penn Anthropology and GSE)
      Infrastructuring Exclusion: Disability, Certification and Citizenship in India
Kwelina Thompson (Cornell History)
      Promises to Keep: The Development of the Family Medical Leave Act in an Age of Backlash

Making a House, Making a Home: Digital Democratic Power and Shifting Ground

Meghna Chandra (Penn School of Social Policy & Practice)
     The Political and Ideological Displacement of the Black Worker: New Progressive Urbanism
Stephanie Chan (Princeton Political Science)
Connected Citizenship: Social Networks and Interracial Differences in Immigrants’ Political Participation

Contestation and Control: Making Sense of Hegemonic Shifts

Rachel Hulvey (Penn Political Science)
     Authoritarian World Orders: How China's Persuasive Use of Ideology Shapes Order in Cyberspace
Woojeong Jang (Georgetown Dept. of International Relations)
     Networked Hegemonic Shocks: A Hegemonic Transition and Post-Cold War Democratization

Coming Together, Pulling Apart: Contrasting the Contours of Group Consciousness

Jacob Kripp (Johns Hopkins Political Science)
The Logistics of Race War in the Global Red Summers

Media Diets and Democratric Discourse

Helene Langlamet (Annenberg School for Communication)
     Industry Fingerprints on Local Ideology: How the “Growth Ethic” Structures Consent to the
     Fossil Fuel Industry in Pennsylvania
Irina Kalinka (Brown Dept. of Modern Culture and Media)
     User Democracy and Digital Citizenship Initiatives

Crossing Borders and Being Crossed by Borders: Building States and Conferring Rights

Griffin Creech (Penn History)
      South to Mongolia, East to Manchuria: Buriat Transborder Migration during the Russian Civil Wars
Anna Milioni (King’s College Dept. of Philosophy)
      Rights to Democratic Participation in Times of Transnational Mobility

Dynamics of Elite Self-Preservation

Doron Shiffer-Sebba (Penn Sociology)
      Trust Fund Families: Family Bureaucratization and Elite Social Reproduction
Joy Wang (Yale Political Science)
      Colonial Genealogies of Consociation: Pluralism, Leadership, and the Price of Peace in
      Contemporary Democratic Theory

2020-21 Archive

Negotiating Urban Space: Development, Exclusion, and Exchange

Indivar Jonnalagadda (Penn Anthropology / South Asian Studies)
     “Useless” Land Titles and Subaltern Citizenship in Hyderabad, India
Nick Robinson (Temple University, Dept. of Political Science)
     Who Participates in Community Benefits Agreements? The Problem of Elite Planning in American Cities

Controlling Mobility through Narrative and Law: Vagrancy Laws and Immigration Courts in Europe and the U.S.

Dylan Farrell-Bryan (Penn Sociology)
     Relief or Removal: Relational Masculinity, Immigration Judges, and State Logics of Deservingness for Immigrant Men in Removal Proceedings
Jasper Theodor Kauth (University of Oxford, Politics and International Relations)
     Controlling the Marginalized: Internal Mobility Control in Germany, The United States, and the United Kingdom

Appropriating Rhetoric: Racial and Religious Conservatism in America

Elizabeth Catchmark (University of Maryland, English)
     In Search of Another Party: White Rage, Obamacare and Modern Conservatism
Gabriel Raeburn (Penn, History and Religious Studies)
     "Let’s Give Equal Rights to the Christians”: Religious Discrimination, Anti-Government Politics and the Rise of Televangelism, 1975 – 1987

Claiming Citizenship: Race and Caste in the U.S. and India

Brian T. Cannon (Penn, History and South Asia Studies)
     Privileges of Inferiority? Caste, Community, & Socio-Political Mobilization in Twentieth Century India
Emily Yankowitz (Yale University, History)
     Documenting Citizenship: How African Americans Used Passports to Claim Citizenship, 1834-1849

Breakdown and Rupture in Projects of the Nation

Meghan Garrity (Penn Political Science)
     Toward an Empirical Theory of Mass Expulsions: Identifying and Measuring Cases, 1912-2012
Diego Hurtado-Torres (University of Maryland Dept. of History)
     A Crisis of Words: Democracy and Political Languages in Chile During the Popular Unity Government (1970-1973)

Reconstruction and Reconciliation in the Liberal Imaginary

Arielle Xena Alterwaite (Penn History)
     Chains of Debt: Haiti and History in French Liberal Thought
Nile Davies (Columbia University Dept. of Anthropology)
     Materiel Conditions: Civil Reconstruction in Sierra Leone

Constructing the Other

Derek Black (University of Chicago Dept. of History)
     The Sons of Noah: The Formation of Racist Ideas in Antiquity, the Carolingian Court, and Early Modern North America
Archana Kaku (Penn Political Science)
     Blood Panics: A Material History of Fear, Citizenship, and Belonging

Regulating Citizens: Race, Labor, Violence, and Surveillance

Micah Khater (Yale, African American Studies and History)
     “Unable to Do This Heavy Work”: (Dis)Ability, Carceral Punishment, and Searches for Freedom
Tali Ziv (Penn Anthropology)
      Finessing the System: On the Racialization of U.S. Urban Informality


Enfranchisement and Exclusion: Race, Settler-Colonialism, and Representative Politics

Fatih Umit Cetin (UMass Amherst Dept. of Political Science)
     Racial Enfranchisement as a Distinct Act of Democratization: Comparative Historical Analysis of The United States, Germany, and Austria
Zachary Smith (Penn Political Science)
     “How Treacherous the Gift”: Settler Motivations for Self-Government in Natal, the Cape Colony, and Palestine

Creating Community: Youth Theater in Liberia and Socialists in Reading, PA

Jasmine Blanks Jones (Penn Africana Studies)
     Public Performance as Global Citizenship Education: You Will Know What You’re Getting by How It Comes Up (PDF)
Ian Gavigan (Rutgers Dept. of History)
     Municipal Socialists Against the New Deal: Struggles Over the City, 1927-1937 (PDF)

On the Margins of the Democratic State

Hajer Al-Faham (Penn Political Science)
      The Politics of Surveillance in American Muslim Communities (PDF)

Mo Torres (Harvard Dept. of Sociology)
      What "Emergency" Does: Democratic Decline and the Politics of Inevitability (PDF)

Disappearing Acts: (Self)-Censorship and the Freedom of Information

Muira McCammon (Annenberg School for Communication)
     Tweeting and Deleting: Strategic Narratives and Impression Management by U.S. Federal Agencies
Ayesha Mulla (University of Chicago Dept. of Anthropology)
     Marwa Na Dena/Don’t Get Us Killed: Reporting Between the Marginal and the Military in Pakistan

Political Horizons and the Fruits of Frustration

Katherine Culver (UPenn Dept. of Anthropology)
      Transnational Rule-of-Law Talk and Democratic Devolution in Contemporary Cambodia
Irina Soboleva (Columbia Dept. of Political Science)
      Straight to Action: The Effect of Individual Empowerment on Democratic Consolidation

Dutiful Citizens and Responsible States

Raven Brown (New School Public and Urban Policy)
     Inequality During the Era of Democracy: Institutional and Economic Conflicts in the Post-Apartheid State
Francis Russo (Penn History)
     Rights vs. Duties: The Grimké Sisters from South Carolina

Contesting Democratic Equality through Material (Re)construction

Hala Habib (New School Dept. of Anthropology)
     Between States of Matter: Kabul and Its Concrete Problem
Angus McLeod (Penn Dept. of History)
     Redeeming Schools: Public Education in Post Civil-War Texas

Taken for Granted? Challenging the Foundations of Nationhood

Matthew Graham (Yale Political Science)
     Democracy in America? Partisanship, Polarization, and the Robustness of Support for Democracy in the U.S.
     Co-authored with Milan W. Svolik
Sushmita Sircar (NYU Dept. of English)
   Military Cosmopolitanism and Romantic Indigeneity: Crafting Claims to Statehood in India’s North-Eastern Frontier


Rights and Citizenship at America's Edge

Camille Saurez (Penn History)
     Contesting California: Race, Law, and Resistance in California, 1850 - 1860
Ximena Benavides (Yale Law)
     The Painful Rationing: Austerity, Inequality, and Health in Puerto Rico

Politics-Making of Diasporas and Immigrants

Filip Savatic and Shubha Kamala Prasad (Political Science, Georgetown University)
     To Be or Not to Be: Diasporic Foreign Policy Interest Group Formation in the United States
Tanika Raychaudhuri (Department of Politics, Princeton University)
     The College Experience and Asian American Political Socialization

Anti-Racist Political Mobilization & the Formation of Collective Identity

Katie Rader (Penn Political Science)
     Reframing the Ideology of Civil Rights: Early Twentieth Century Debates over Employment Policy
Jaime Sanchez (Princeton University Department of History)
     “What are We?”: Latino Politics, Identity, and Memory in the 1983 Chicago Mayoral Election

Executive Power and Democracy

Tim Lundy (Columbia University, English and Comparative Literature)
     Ordinary Subjects of Tyranny: Practical Constitutionalism and Public Judgment in the Political Thought of George Buchanan
Shany Winder (Fordham University Law School)
     Policymaking Powers of the U.S. Executive Branch

Technology and Institutional Access

Chelsea Chamberlain (Penn Department of History)
     The Myth of Human Equality: Intelligence Testing and Exceptional Children, 1900-1930
Ana Klimchynskaya (Penn Comparative Literature)
     Fictions of Equality: Science Fiction and the Technological Challenge to Democracy

Surveillance and Public Identity

Kristen Collins (Georgetown University Political Science)
     Eager to Look: Anxiety of Being Seen Adam Smith's Theory of Moral Sentiments
Kelsey Norris (Penn Department of History)
     The Humanitarian Dimensions of Soviet Propaganda and State Surveillance: Reuniting War-torn Soviet Families in the War-Devastated USSR

Gender and Law

Talia Shalev (CUNY Graduate Center)
   Imagining Equality without Protection in the Era of the ERA
Dylan Yaeger (Fordham Law School)
   The Difference Dilemma in Masculinity Studies: The Creation of Gender Categories in Antidiscrimination Law

Citizens and Non-citizens in Democratic Regimes

Arturo Castellanos (Cornell Law School)
     Shosics: Their Right to Vote and to Hold Office in the United States
Alexander Kustov (Princeton University, Department of Politics)
     The Borders of Compassion: Immigration and the Politics of Parochial Altruism


Between Past and Future

Aaron Shapiro (Annenberg School for Communications)
     Performance and Performativity in Predictive Policin"
Hao Jun Tam (Penn Dept. of English)
     Diasporic South Vietnam: Pacifist Nationalism and Its Militant Shadow in Ly Tho Ho’s Novel Sequence

Politics and Identity

Sarah Khan (Columbia University, Political Science)
     Personal is Political: Prospects for Women’s Substantive Representation in Pakistan
Joseph Wuest (University of Pennsylvania, Political Science)
     “Why is My Child Gay?”: PFLAG and the Origins of the ‘Born This Way’ Gay Political Identity”

Dramatic Politics

Rob Goodman (Columbia University, Political Science)
     Say Everything: Frank Speech and the Characters of Style in Demosthenes
Brian Palmiter (Harvard University, Government)
     The Architecture of Impeachment: Making Impeachment “Political in the Right Way”

Democracy, Corporations, and Communities

Katharine Jackson, Columbia University Political Science
     Excavating the Corporate Person: The Autonomy Rights of Big Business
Averill Leslie, University of Chicago Dept. of Anthropology
     Town Meetings Are Not Direct Democracy: Representative Democracy as Participatory Democracy

Strategies of Progressivism

John Remensperger (University of Pennsylvania, Communication)
   From Democratic Practice to Protest: The California Bernie Sanders Delegation
Tom Waters (City University of New York, Political Science)
   Grassroots Expertise at a New York City Community Board

Democracy and Citizenship

Lillian Frost (George Washington University, Political Science)
     Unequal Citizens: State Resistance to Removing Discrimination toward Women from Nationality Laws
Will Levine (University of Chicago, Political Science)
     Heinrich Heine and The Young Hegelians on Popular Agency, Social Transformation, and “The Beautiful Error of an Ideal Future”

Colonialism and Settlement

Dalaina Heiberg (University of Chicago, Political Science)
     Canadian Liberal Sovereignty through Territorial Federalism: Illustrations from Francophone and Doukhobor History

The Politics of Jurisprudence

Rajgopal Saikumar (New York University, English)
     Jurisdictional Crisis in the Kashmir Novel
Zachary Smith (Penn Political Science)
     Electoral Reform in the Middle East: Rising Parties and Elite Action in Israel and Jordan

Legacies of Violent Orders

Shom Mazumder (Harvard University, Government)
     The Slave Order in American Political Development: Evidence from the New Deal Era
Nick Millman (University of Pennsylvania, English)
     Fitful Transitions: Memory Museums and Transitional Justice in Peru


Local and International Courts

Guillermo Garcia (Harvard Law)
     The Political Effects of Centralizing the Defense of the State in One Branch"
Aniruddha Jairam (Penn Political Science)
     “The Law May Not Be Real, But the Lathi [Big Stick] Is”: Dispute Resolution and State Capacity in an Indian District Court

The Politics of Economic Transformation

Yakov Feygin (Penn History)
     From Economic Reform to A Crisis of Power: Institutional Change, Inflation, and the Collapse of the Soviet Fiscal State, 1986-1991
Roberto Saba (Penn History)
     The Spirit of Enterprise: American Entrepreneurs in Brazil of the 1860s

Consent, Liberty, and the Defense of Democracy

Beth Henzel (Rutgers University Philosophy)
     Constructive “Consent”: A Dangerous Fiction
Tom Leavitt (Columbia University Political Science)
     Rational Decision Theory and Its Implications for Normative Defenses of Democracy

Political Language and Social Movements: Claiming Power on the Left and Right

Hadas Aron (Columbia University Political Science)
     Intimate Rivals or Enemies of the State: Responses to the Populist Far Right in Hungary
James Morone (Penn Political Science)
     Community-Based Organizations, and the Reconstruction of Policy Frameworks During Political Crises

Race-making, Labor, and Capitalism in Modern America

Minju Bae (History, Temple University)
     “No More Phoney Contracts”: Organizing Chinese-Restaurant Labor in 1980s New York
Carly Regina (Political Science, University of Pennsylvania)
     Labor Market Segmentation and the Production of Ethnicity and Race Ideologies in Arizona Copper: Ethnic and Racial Group-Making and the Construction of Tractable Workforces

Drawing National Boundaries: Citizenship on the Margins

Dannah Dennis (Anthropology, University of Virginia)
     In the Name of the Mother: Gendered and Regional Exclusions in Nepali Citizenship
Beth Wellman (Political Science, Yale University)
     Does Citizenship Travel? Diaspora Voting Rights in Africa

Social Protections and the State

Daniel Platt (American Studies, Brown University)
     From Contract to Status: Property Exemption in Nineteenth-Century American Law
Tesalia Rizzo (Political Science, MIT)
     How the Experience of a Programmatic State Discourages Clientelism


Constitution Making and Un-Making: Democratic Reform, Past and Present

Robinson Woodward-Burns (Political Science, UPenn)
     Experience Must Be Our Only Guide: Constitutional Decentralization and Instability at the American Founding
Jan Smolenski (Politics, The New School)
     Semi-Federalism, Multi-Stage Constituent Process, and Diffused Popular Sovereignty: The Principles and Implications of the Making of 1780 Constitution in Massachusetts

Saving Democracy? Economic and Technological Answers to Political Problems

Alexander Arnold (History, NYU)
     Democratic Economic Governance in an Era of Crisis: The Limits and Possibilities of the Economic Thought of the French New Left
Ashley Gorham (Political Science, UPenn)
     The Well-Informed Citizen: A Critique

States of Surveillance

Tali Ziv (Anthropology, UPenn)
     “It be hard just existing”: Affective Precarity and Institutional Surveillance in Philadelphia's Inner-city
Alex Hazanov (History, UPenn)
     Foreign Visitors in the Late Soviet Union, the KGB and the Limits of Surveillance

Beyond Borders: Citizenship, National Belonging and the Law

Allison Powers Useche (History, Columbia University)
     The Standard of Civilization on Trial at the US Mexico Claims Commission, 1923-1937
Elspeth Wilson (Political Science, UPenn)
      Islands of Civic Exclusion: Puerto Rico, U.S.Global Imperialism, and the Insular Cases”

Immigration: Economics, Policy, and Politics

Sarah Coleman (History, Princeton)
     “To reward the wrong way is not the American way”: Welfare, Immigrants’ Rights and the Battle over Benefits 1990 -1997
Alberto Ciancio (Economics, UPenn)
     The Economics of Local Immigration Enforcement in the United States

Experts, Ideas, and Policy

Negar Razavi (Anthro, UPenn)
     “Off the Record and in the Loop”: An Ethnography of the Washington Foreign Policy Establishment
Kristian Taketomo (History, UPenn)
     Urbanization as Development: Modernization and “The City” in Postwar America

Political Economies and the State

Emma Teitelman (History, UPenn)
     Mining for Sovereignty in the Civil-War West
Sid Rothstein (Political Science, UPenn)
     The Constitution of Employer Discretion

Ideologies of Race and Slavery

Westenley Alcenat  (History, Columbia University)
     Between Slaves and Citizens: Free Blacks and the Transformation of Citizenship in the Age of Revolutions, 1776-1840
Dani Holtz (History, UPenn)
     Who are the True Conservatives?

Health Care and Civic Belonging

Matthew Kavanagh (Poli Sci, UPenn)
     Constitutionalizing Health: Rights, Democracy & Public Policy in South Africa
Ashley Tallevi (Poli Sci, UPenn)
     Out of Sight, Out of Mind? Measuring the Effects of Privatization on Medicaid Self-Reporting


Punishment and the State

Sarah Cate (Political Science, UPenn)
     Possibilities for Decarceration: Juvenile Justice Reform in California
Robert Hoffman (Philosophy, UPenn)
     A History of Violence: Distinguishing War and Punishment in Liberal States

Empire and State Building on the North American Frontier

Lori Daggar (Penn History)
     Beyond Paternalism: Native Nations, Missionaries, and the Making of American Empire in Indian Country
Brendan Gillis (Indiana University, Dept. of History)
     Policing Beyond Law: Local Jurisdiction and Imperial Expansion in British America, 1740-1765

Popular Expression and Political Parties

James Ryan (History, Penn)
     The Anatomy of a Riot: Political Violence, the Birth of Multiparty Politics and the Destruction of Tan Press, December 4, 1945
Mark Schneider (Political Science, Columbia)
     Does Clientalism Work? A Test of Guessability in India

Educating the Citizen

Chad D. Frazier (History, Georgetown University)
     A School for Citizens, Not Just Civil Servants: The U.S. Colonial State and the Early Years of the University of Puerto Rico, 1903-1917
Daniel Moak (Political Science, University of Pennsylvania)
     The Liberal Roots of the Punitive Education State

Reconstruction and the Limits of Freedom

Samuel Davis (Temple University History)
     Martial Manhood Citizenship, Suffrage, and the Un-Reconstructed North in Pennsylvania, 1862-1870
Kevin Waite (Penn History)
     California Redeemed: The Retreat from Reconstruction in the Far West

Defining Citizenship in Consolidating Regimes

Thomas Brinkerhoff (History, University of Pennsylvania)
     Creating Future Peronists Through Sports: The Campeonatos Evita and the Political Socialization of Children
Alexandra Wiktorek Sarlo (Political Science, University of Pennsylvania)
     Identity, Integration,and Citizenship in Post-Communist Ethnic Kin Policies

Reforming the Carceral State

Ellen Donnelly (Penn Political Science)
     The Political Emergence of Racial Disparity Reforms in the U.S.
Melanie Newport (Temple University History)
     "Nobody Ever Wins in a Jail”: The Master Plan and Outcomes of Federal Funding for Jail Construction in the 1970s


Meir Walters (Georgetown, Dept. of Government)
     Censorship as a Populist Project: The Case of Post-Mubarak Egypt
Basak Taraktas (Penn Political Science)
     Building Societal Support in Post-Revolutionary Regimes

(Dis)Integrating Migration

Smita Ghosh (Penn History)
     Losing Control of Our Borders: Immigration Detention in the 1970s and 1980s
Osman Balkan (Penn Political Science)
     The Graves of Berlin


Memories of Wars Past: Constructing Identities in and through Conflict

Omar Al-Ghazzi (Penn Anenberg School):
     “Time to Move Forward”: The Memory of Omar al-Mukhtar in the 2011 Libyan Uprising
Steven White (Political Science, Columbia):
     For Democracy and a Caste System? World War II, Race, and Democratic Inclusion in the United States

Laboring for the American Government While Being Denied Basic Rights

James Jones (Sociology, Columbia):
     Black Capitol: A History of Racial Stratification and Segregation in the U.S. Congressional Workforce
A. Hope McGrath (Penn History):
     "A Slave in Uncle Sam’s Service”: The Army and the Problem of Labor in the Gilded Age

Colonial Legacies and the (Non) Transformation of Coercive State Institutions

Emma Hayward (Penn Political Science):
     Customary Law and Group Rights: The Incomplete Centralization of Tanzania's Post-Colonial Judiciary
Radha Kumar (History, Princeton):
     The Many Lives of Custodial Violence: Madras Presidency, c. 1860-1960

Engaging the State: Revolt in the MIddle East and Protest in China

Ian M. Hartshorn (Penn Political Science):
     Worker's Revolutions and Worker's Constitutions: Egypt and Tunisia in Comparison
Yao Li (Sociology, Johns Hopkins):
     Informal Norms and Protest Space in China

Theoretical Approaches to Injustice

Robert Hoffman (Penn Philosophy):
     Kant on Constitutional Rebellion and Conscientious Objection
Mark William Westmoreland (Philosophy; Theology and Religious Studies, Villanova):
     Feminist Transversal Politics and Political Solidarity

Governable Bodies? Children and the Mentally Ill As Objects of Citizenship and Criminality

Jessica Cooper (Anthropology, Princeton)
     Defending Dignity: The Shift from Legal to Moral Authorizations of Power in the San Francisco Behavioral Health Court
Laura Soderberg (English, UPenn)
     Vicious Infants: Child Citizenship and the Rise of Incorrigible Criminality in the Antebellum U.S.

(De)Commodifying Politics: Voting and Money in India and the U.S.

Jeffrey D. Broxmeyer (Political Science, CUNY)
      The Boss’s “Brains”: Political Capital, Democratic Commerce and the New York Tweed Ring, 1868-1871
Emmerich Davies (Political Science, UPenn)
The Competing State: Using a Downstream Experiment to Understand the Effects of Service Privatization on Citizen Engagement in South India

Uncovering Women's Stories in Healthcare and in the Military

Beth Hallowell (Anthropology, UPenn)
     From Co-Payments to Rent Payments: Value and Vulnerability in the Grey Economy of U.S. Healthcare
Natalie Shibley (Africana Studies & History, UPenn)
     Black Print Media and Representations of Women in the Military, 1941-1993


National Identity and Citizenship: The Formation and contestation of Civic Allegiance in the early U.S. and Korea

Jonathan W. Wilson (History, Syracuse):
     How to Make an American in the Early Republic: Some Notes on the Limits of State, Structure, and Strife
Yumi Lee (Penn English):
     Detention, Repatriation, Humanitarianism: On the Korean War POW in Ha Jin’s War Trash

Testing the Parameters of Democracy: Nationalism, Discord, and the Role of Political Speech

Joanna Kenty (Classical Studies, Penn):
     Freedom and Speech: Oratory and Democracy in Ancient Rome
Alison Novak (Culture and Communications, Drexel):
     How [Not] to Caffeinate a Political Group: Parent Post Influence on Conversational Network Structure

The Suffering Subject: Violence, Citizenship, and the Law

Thomas Dichter (Penn English):
     Civil Whiteness: Legitimate Violence and the Literature of Lynching
Tina Shrestha (Anthropology, Cornell):
     Asylum Narrations: Documentation, Imagination, and the Ethnography of Citizenship

Equality for all Subjects: Deconstructing Gendered Barriers to Civic Participation"

Samah Elhajibrahim (Penn Political Science):
     Citizenship in the Absence of a State and Republican Motherhood in the Absence of a Republic
Chelsea Szendi-Schieder (History, Columbia):
     Ruination of the Nation by Co-Eds: Women in Higher Education in the High Growth Period in Japan

Constitutional Development and Inequality The Role of Judges and the Paradox of Sovereignty

Stephan Stohler (Penn Political Science & Law):
     Judicial Behavior and the Politics of Equal Rights: Evidence from South Africa”
Christina McElderry (Politics, New School):
     Space, Indigenous Sovereignty, and Paradoxes of American Constitutionalism

Crime and Insecurity: The Role of Violence and the Construction of Marginal Citizenship

Zain Lakhani (Penn History):
     “Why Don't You Just Ask?”: Date Rape Debates and the Meaning of ‘Yes’ and ‘No’ in the Antioch College Sexual Offense Prevention Policy, 1985-1994
Yanilda Gonzalez (Politics and Social Policy, Princeton):
     Citizenship in an Era of Insecurity: Crime, Violence, and the Implications of Democracy

Redefining and Rethinking Democratic Participation

David Bateman (Penn Political Science):
     Redefining the People: Understandings of Political Community and the Politics of the Right to Vote in 19th Century France and the United Kingdom
Jingchao Ma (Philosophy, Villanova):
     Rethinking Democracy of Participation and the Desire Not to Appear

Education and Reform

Nick Juravich (History, Columbia)
     Opportunity of a Lifetime: Paraprofessionals and the UFT in New York City, 1966-1978
Leya Mathew (Penn GSE)
     Negotiating Public Good in 'Zones of Awkward Engagement': Education Reforms in Kerala


“Surface Mining, Public Health, and Human Suffering in Central Appalachia (1960-1990)”

Merlin Chowkwanyun (History & Public Health, UPenn)

“One Vision: Latino Political Identity and Spanish Language Television News”

Mara Cecilia Ostfeld (Political Science, UPenn)

“Democratic Authority and the Obligation to Obey the Law”

Doug Weck (Philosophy & Law, UPenn)

“Communities of Practice and Cultural Historical Activity Theory as Theoretical Frameworks for the Analysis of Service Learning and Civic Engagement”

Christopher Pupik-Dean (Education, UPenn)

“Financing the Korean War: How the Fear of Inflation and Support for the War Created an Anomaly in United States’ History”

Rosella Capella (Political Science, UPenn)

“Overturning the White Male Republic: The Early Republican Party and the Equal Suffrage Movement”

David Bateman (Political Science, UPenn)

“When I Get My Ax"’: Visions of Community in Civil War Refugee Camps”

Abby Cooper (History, UPenn)

“The Equitable Role Explanation of Political Obligation”

Chris Melenovsky (Philosophy, UPenn)

“Cohen’s Interpersonal Test and Managers’ Political Imperative to Provide Public Goods”

Gaston de los Reyes (Ethics and Legal Studies, UPenn)

“With One Definition, Two Groups: Tracing the Inception of Hindu Nationalism and Its Inflexible Exclusion of Muslims in India”

Aliya Rao (Sociology, Upenn)

“Today's Youth, Tomorrow's Leaders?: Changes in Civic and Political Engagement Attitudes across Immigrant Generations”

Radha Modi (Sociology, Upenn)

“Populist Democracy and the Problems of Indian Subjects in the Seventeenth Century English Empire”

Matthew Kruer (History, UPenn)

“Republican Deliberation: Debate and Democracy in the Republican Visions of Skinner and Pettit”

Noah Rosenblum (History, Columbia)

“The Art of Invisible Governance in Progressive Banking Reform: Paul Warburg and the Origins of the Federal Reserve”

Eric Phillips (History, Temple)

“Polecats in the Lion's Den? Rethinking Hobbes on Democracy”

Jay Mikelman (Philosophy, Boston University)

“What Kind of Nation?: Deportation in U.S. History and Policy.”

Adam Goodman (History, UPenn)

“Seeking Asylum, Finding Chaos: The Refugee Act and the Crisis of 1980”

Carly Goodman (History, Temple)

“From Pulpit to Party: The Evolution of the Egyptian Muslim Brothers' Strategy.”

Sarah Salwen (Political Science, UPenn)

“States and Women's Rights in Central Asia”

Danielle Kane (Duke) and Ksenia Gorbenko (Sociology, UPenn)


"Slavery and the Politics of the 5th Amendment's Takings Clause"

Stephan Stohler (Political Science, UPenn)

"The Significance of Jeremiah Evarts on John Marshall's Federal Indian Law Decisions, Cherokee Nation (1831) and Worcester (1832)"

Nancy Morgan (History, Temple)

"The Role of Official History in the Construction of Citizenship and National Identity in Turkey

Meral Ugur Cinar (Political Science, UPenn)

"Dangers to Democratization: Military Responses to Constitutional Changes of Leadership in Africa"

Kristen Harkness (Political Science, Princeton)

"'It Sticks Like a Shadow': Relations of Comity in Aves v Commonwealth and Benito Cereno"

Rachel Banner (English, UPenn)

"Monochrome Lexicality and 'Islam is (not) Peace'“

Murad Idris (Political Science, UPenn)

"American Social Movements and the Nonprofit Sector: Trends in Institutionalization from 1989-2008”

Matt Mongiello (Political Science, UPenn)

"In Search of an Absolute Majority: Richard Nixon, Desegregation, the Southern Strategy, and the Path to Equal Citizenship”

Dov Grohsgal (History, Princeton)

"You Can't Control Me!: Cultivating Authority in a Struggling Urban High School”

Erika Kitzmiller (Education, UPenn)

"Citizenship and Democracy as Membership and Participation”

Elizabeth M. Lee (Sociology, UPenn)

"American Democracy and the Peacetime Military Establishment in the United States: 1815-1848”

John L. Dwiggins (History, UPenn)

"Exile, Ancient and Modern?”

Briana McGinnis (Government, Georgetown)

"Writing their own History of the Present: The Role of Contentious Political Discourse in the Internet Public Sphere during the 2008 Candelight Protests in South Korea”

Kyung Chloe Lee (Communication, UPenn)

"Government, Newspapers, and Crime: The Perception of Crime in Phoenix, Arizona, 1970-1980”

Anthony Pratcher, II (History, UPenn)

"Explaining the Emergence of Modern Incorporation”

Alexander Jerneck (Sociology, UPenn)

"Staff and Coherence in a Social Service Contractor”

Greg Harris (Sociology, UPenn)

"Synthesizing the Republic: Political Culture in France 1876-1880”

Heather Bennett (History, UPenn)

"'A Republic Without a Pub is a Relic': Litigating Prohibition in Nehru's India”

Rohit De (History, Princeton)


Racial Codes of the City

Charles Davis (Art History, UNC Chapel Hill):
     The Postwar Postscripts of Collage City: Exploring the rhetorical integrations of race and geometry in “Contextualism,” 1963-1978
Khadijah White (Penn Communications):
     BANGCLASH: Belongingness and the Harlem Drummers

Beloging Everywhere and Nowhere: Contested Citizenships in South Asia and North America

Eranda Jayawickreme (Psychology):
     The War’s Over, but the Troubles Remain: Psychological Constraints on Prospects for Reconciliation in A Post-LTTE Sri Lanka
Sarah Dowling (English):
     “And if O Cidadán is a girl / O girls my countries / It is citizenship’s acts I dream of”: The Citizen of Erin Mouré's O Cidadán

Debating International Development: Discourse and Ethics

Rosalyn Daitch (Intercultural Communication):
     Framing International Development Discourse: Embedded and Imbibed Difference
Andrew Hao (Anthropology):
     Ethical Exceptions in China and Singapore: Emerging Shifts in Territoriality and Citizenship through Business Ethics

Genealogies of Citizenship: Early Modern Constructions of Political Belonging

Cristina Pangilinan (English, UPenn):
     Re-inventing London Citizenship in Thomas Usk's The Testament of Love
Murad Idris (Political Science, UPenn):
     Erasmus on Christian Peace: Counting, Miscounting, and Discounting the Turk

Contentious Constitutions

Vanessa Mongey (History, UPenn):
     “Chimera of the Wildest Nature”: Failed Revolutions and Stillborn Constitutions in Early America
N. Turkuler Isiksel (Political Science, Yale University):
     The Constitution as “Mere Machinery”: A Theory of Europe's Supranational Constitutionalism

Civic Forms and Civic Acts

Julia Bloch (English, UPenn):
     Voices of the Immense: Lorine Niedecker's Polyphonic Poetics of Belonging
Adam Goodman (History, UPenn)
     Defining and Inculcating “The Soul of America”: The Bureau of Naturalization and the Americanization Movement, 1914-1919

Education and Citizenship in Liberal-Democratic States

Dana Dawson (Social and Political Thought, York University, and Adjunct Faculty, Temple):
     Democratization and Aboriginal Education in 19th-century Upper Canada
Jeehyun Lim (English, UPenn)
     Re-imagining Citizenship Through Bilingualism: The Migrant Bilingual Child in Helen María Viramontes’s Under the Feet

E pluribus unum? The Many Voices of the Media

Daniel Ryan Morse (English, Temple):
     Only Connecting?: E. M. Forster and Empire Broadcasting”
Piotr Szpunar (Communication, UPenn):
     Let Me Interrupt! or, Ethics after Ethical Violence: Rethinking Levinas, Ethics and News Media


Information, Deliberation, and Oversight

C. Daniel Myers (Political Science, Princeton)
     Information Sharing and Democratic Deliberation
Meredith Wooten (Political Science, UPenn)
     Overlooked or Out of Sight? Congressional Oversight of Intelligence, 1945-2000

"Schools of Citizenship: Allegiance, Obligation and State Formation in the Confederate Army, 1861-65”

Erik Mathisen (History, UPenn)

“Locating a Short Lived Authoritarian State in Postcolonial India”

Sourabh Singh (Sociology, Rutgers)

"Love Stops at the Border: Marriage, Citizenship, and the Mail-Order Bride Industry”

Anne-Marie D’Aoust (Political Science, UPenn)

Alternative Spaces of Participation and Deliberation

Andaiye Qaasim (Music, UPenn):
     Keny Arkana: Hip-Hop Activism through Cosmopolitan Routes
Carolyn Chernoff (GSE, UPenn):
     Towards an Urban Arts Democracy

"Degrees of Belonging and Graduated Rights: Immigrants and Immigration Policy in the American States”

Alexandra Filindra (Political Science, Rutgers University)

"Deliberation, Disagreement, and Opinion Strength: Processes Underlying Mobilization to Collective Action”

Magdalena Wojcieszak (Annenberg School, UPenn)

"Those About To Die Salute You': Sacrifice, The War In Iraq, And The Crisis Of The American Imperial Society”

Florian Olsen (Political Studies, University of Ottawa)
Discussant: Anna Foy, English Department, UPenn

“The Tutelary Empire: State and Nation-Building in the Nineteenth Century U.S.”

Stefan Heumann (Political Science, UPenn)
Discussant: Matt Karp (History, UPenn)


"Authoring (In)Authenticity, Regulating Religious Tolerance: the Legal and Political Implications of Anti-Conversion Legislation for Indian Secularism"

Jennifer Coleman (Political Science, UPenn)
Discussant: Sourabh Singh (Sociology, Rutgers)

"Establishing a Democratic Religion: Metaphysics and Democracy in the Debates Over the President's Commission on Higher Education"

Ethan Schrum, (History, UPenn)

"Diversity and the Public Sphere"

Ryan Muldoon (Philosophy, UPenn)
Discussant: Katherina Glac (Legal Studies and Business Ethics, Wharton)

"The University at the New Frontier: The Expansion of Higher Education and the Origins of the Student Movements of 1968 in France, Germany and Italy"

Ben Mercer (History, University of Pennsylvania
Discussant: Stefan Heumann (Political Science, Penn)

Indigenous Populations, Citizenship and Constitutionalism in Latin America

Christopher J. Fromherz (Law, UPenn):
     Indigenous Peoples' Courts:  Egalitarian Juridical Pluralism, Self-Determination, and the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
Meredith Staples (Political Science, Rutgers):
     Mexico, Indigenous Peoples and Citizenship

"American Legal Pragmatism and Jim Crow"

Hannah Wells (English, UPenn)

"Luck, Responsibility, and Equality in Global Justice"

Mark Navin (Philosophy, UPenn)

"Synthetic Slaves and the Living Dead: Rethinking Civil Death, the Thirteenth Amendment and Felon Disenfranchisement"

Luca Follis (New School for Social Research)

The Judiciary, the Law and Democracy

Phillip Buckley (Graduate School of Education, UPenn):
     Critical Citizens or Loyal Citizens: Exploring the Role of Ideology in Student Speech Rights Cases
Claire (Seon Hye) Lim (Economics, UPenn):
     Turnover and Accountability of Appointed and Elected Judges