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Doctoral StudentComparative Politics
Jessica is interested in sub-national variation in state authority and goods provision, local origins of the resource curse, enclaves, and governance. Her dissertation research focuses on natural resource enclaves and the interaction between the state, extractive firms, and the local population to understand when goods and services are provided to the local population in these regions. Her methodological approach is primarily game theoretic, with supporting case studies from Africa and plans for large-N GIS dataset analysis. She has conducted field work in Congo-Brazzaville, Zambia, DRC, and Mozambique. Some of the kinds of questions that interest her are:
--What are the local politics of natural resource extraction? What are the aspects of the natural resources, the state, and the local population that determines the local allocation of resource rents?
--How do governments manage perceived tradeoffs between revenues and political support?
--When do states subcontract out certain tasks to non-state actors?
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