SScogin_Nov_2018I am a PhD candidate in Political Science at the University of Notre Dame, a Burns fellow with the Program for Interdisciplinary Education Research, and a doctoral affiliate with the Kellogg Institute for International Studies. My research areas are comparative politics, political theory, and methodology, with interests in post-disaster rebuilding, education, climate change, migration, and participation. I have a particular focus in South Asia. I use quantitative and qualitative methods, including Bayesian statistics, causal inference, and mixed methods approaches. You can see my latest R package on my GitHub page.

My dissertation project centers around four questions in the aftermath of the Nepali 2015 earthquakes: 1.) How does contact with and reliance on the state during post-disaster rebuilding affect community participation, feelings of citizen, and political knowledge? 2.) How does community participation relate to political participation? 3.) How does male out-migration affect the rebuilding by the women and families left behind? And finally, 4.) How does previous community organization affect the way structures and the community are physically rebuilt? I use these questions to investigate rebuilding and democratic agency on the individual, household, and community levels. My project views the citizen as active – making claims on the state and interacting with their environment. I hold empowerment as a central theme throughout my research questions. I am currently studying Nepali and developing my project’s theory in Nepal with funding from the Kellogg Institute for International Studies and the Liu Institute for Asia and Asian Studies.