Synar Fellows with BrandtsThe 2013-14 Synar Fellows with IGS benefactors William Brandt and Patrice Bugelas-Brandt on the steps of South Hall, UC Berkeley. 

Back row: Beth Pearson and Phil Rocco; middle row: Bobbie Lee, Tria Andrews, and Michael Dougal; front row: Patrice Bugelas-Brandt and Bill Brandt.
 

2018

"Institutionalizing Personhood: Child Welfare Agencies and the Regulation of Perinatal Care"
Major:
Sociology
"Mass Opinion and Party Coalition Formation: The Creation of Abortion's Partisan Divide"
Major:
Political Science
"The Co-Evolution of Federal Policy, Housing Finance, and the Real Estate Industry"
Major:
Political Science

2017

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"Malice and Stupidity: Motive Attribution and Affective Polarization"
Major:
Political Science
My dissertation focuses on why Americans of differing political stripes are increasingly likely to feel negatively towards one another, particularly our beliefs about why the other side wants what it does. I use a number of interventions...
2017-myerscough_rhea
"Mechanisms of Inequality: State politics and Small-Dollar Credit Regulation, 1990-2015"
Major:
Ph.D. Candidate, Political Science
Research Interests:
political economy of the U.S.; the historical evolution of consumer credit institutions in the U.S and in comparative perspective; the relationship between credit markets, social welfare programs, & inequality
My dissertation explores the determinants of small-dollar credit regulation across different U.S. states. Social science has long acknowledged that “the poor pay more” for everything from groceries to housing, and credit is no exception....
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"States of Disunion: American Marriage and Divorce, 1867–1906"
Major:
Sociology
My dissertation examines the historical relationship between economic development, legal change, and family dynamics in the United States. I combine large and original sources of legal and demographic data from the late 19th century to...

2016

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"Well-Behaved Women: The Penalties of Femininity in Politics"
Major:
Political Science
What explains the persistent gap in women’s political representation in the U.S.? As of 2014, women make up only 19% of the United States Congress and 24% of state legislatures, and 80 other nations have a higher percentage of female...
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"Who Governs the Federal Reserve Banks? The “Forgotten Minority” and the Politics of  Central Bank Appointments"
Major:
Political Science
I'm working on a dissertation on the Federal Reserve that aims to better understand the process by which the presidents of the twelve regional Reserve Banks are appointed, and the consequences of this process on monetary and regulatory...
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Ph.D. candidate
"Upside Down Federalism: The Nationalization of State Politics"
Major:
Political Science
In 2012 President Obama won a virtually identical proportion of the electorates of Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan—but red Wisconsin and Michigan have cut taxes dramatically, limited union activity, and restricted access to abortion...
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"A Constitutional Sublime: Claiming the Founding in Antebellum America"
Major:
History
My dissertation traces the cultivation and mobilization of popular, venerative constitutionalism in the antebellum United States. Its object of study is the production and consequence of this distinctive approach to constitutional meaning...
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"Making Modern American Citizenship: Aliens and Citizens in the United States, 1882-1952"
Major:
History
My dissertation asks how and why an ascriptive and often highly federalized late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century citizenship regime evolved into its current, national form. It argues that modern American citizenship – the rights...

2015

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"Political Perception in the Polarized Era"
Major:
Political Science
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"Beyond Recognition: Native California Identity and the Federal Acknowledgment Process"
Major:
Department of Ethnic Studies
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"Police and the Citizen-State Relationship: Accountability Mechanisms, Democratic Control, and Equal Access to Law in the United States"
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"Sowing Seeds and Knowledge: Development Discourses in the US, China, Taiwan, and the World 1920-1975"
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"Double Binds and Triple Threats: Race, Gender and Immigration in American Elections"

2013

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"Education on the Reservation: Punishing and Curing through Culturally Relevant Curricula"
Major:
Ethnic Studies
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"Louisiana Purchases: The U.S.-Indian Treaty System in the Missouri River Valley, 1804-1851"
Major:
History
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"Funding the Golden Age: States, Taxes, and American State-Building, 1945-1973"
Major:
Sociology
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"Forging a Complex Republic: Political Conflict and the Statutory Origins of American Intergovernmental Relations, 1945–2012"
Major:
Political Science

2013

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"Out of Step, but in Office: A Text as Data Analysis of Newspaper Ideology, Candidate Coverage, and Democratic Accountability in an Era of Increasing Party Polarization in Congress"
Major:
Political Science

2012

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"Political Science. Personal Politicians: Cloaking Ideological Extremity with Biography"
Major:
Political Science
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"From Pork Barrels to Policy Pledges: Credit Claiming and the Electoral Connection Then and Now"
Major:
Political Science
levy-2013
"The Effect of Immigration on Local Public Good Provision in the U.S."
Major:
Political Science
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"Struggle, Stability, and the State: A Comparative Study of Domestic Worker Movements in The U.S. And Latin America"
Major:
Sociology
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"The Iron Law Revisited: Does the Digital Age Enable More Democracy within Social Movement Organizations?"
Major:
Sociology

2011

"Institutionalizing Economic Power: Business, Labor and Judicial Politics, 1947-1970."
Major:
Political Science
"Sanctuary in America: Local Immigration Enforcement and the Power to Police in the Homeland Security Era."
Major:
Sociology
"'The Worst': Institutional Violence, Resistance and the Law."
Major:
Jurisprudence & Social Policy
"Exposing Malfeasance: Government Transparency in the 50 States."
Major:
Political Science
"Protestant Social Consciousness in the 1940s"
Major:
History

2010

"Military Service, the Military Institution, and the Incorporation of 1st and 2nd Generation Immigrants"
Major:
Sociology and Demography
"Public Opinion, Ideology, and Representation in the One-Party South, 1930s-1960s"
Major:
Political Science
"Secrets, Lies, and Wishful Thinking: The Importance of Non-Truths for Sociological Theory and Practice"
Major:
Sociology and Demography
"Running on the Brand: Party Reputation in Congressional Campaigns"
Major:
Political Science
"The Strategic and Electoral Logics of Sub-Party Coalitions"
Major:
Political Science

2009

"Things Fall Apart: Prosperity, Faith, and Division within the African American Community"
Major:
Political Science
"Forever Non-Voters? Explaining the Paradox of Asian-American Under Participation in Electoral Politics"
Major:
Political Science
"Creating Politics: Viewpoints and Trajectories of Senatorial and Presidential Campaign Professionals"
Major:
Sociology
"Public Perceptions of Judicial Unanimity and Dissent"
Major:
Political Science
"Partisanship and Partisan Identity in Political Cognition"
Major:
Political Science

2008

"Race, Immigration, and the Transformation of the U.S. Welfare State, 1988-2008"
Major:
Sociology
"From Civil Rights to Multiculturalism"
Major:
Jurisprudence and Social Policy
"The Federalist Society and the Structural Constitution"
Major:
Political Science
"The Politics of Grandfathering in Environmental Law"
Major:
Political Science
"Money in Politics: Causes and Consequences"
Major:
Economics

2007

"Building an Anti-Slavery House: Political Abolitionists and Congress, 1836-1861"
Major:
History
"The Institutional Effects of Partisan Polarization in Congress"
Major:
Political Science
"Learning and Legislating to Love: U.S. Relationship Education and the Modern Marriage Crisis"
Major:
Sociology
"Empirical Investigations in Political Economy and Representation"
Major:
Agriculture and Resource Economics
"Public Opinion and the New 'New Media'"
Major:
Political Science