Past Summer Research Grant Recipients
Bio and Research Proposal
Elizabeth (Bess) Davis is a PhD candidate in the Department of Political Science. She specializes in comparative politics and migration studies, and her broader research interests include refugee policy, migration politics, and politics of the Middle East and North Africa. Her dissertation research examines the relationship between democratic transitions and the rights of migrants and refugees, in both the case of Tunisia and in comparative cross-national perspective. In her dissertation fieldwork, funded in part by the Moynihan/Goekjian Summer Research Grant, she will conduct interviews and archival research in Tunisia to better understand how both international pressures and the composition of domestic political coalitions may influence migration and refugee policy outcomes. This project builds upon a small but growing body of scholarship that pushes the field of migration studies to look beyond the “Western” contexts where most theories of migration policy were developed.