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Adriane Fresh

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Adriane Fresh

Post-doctoral Fellow


Adriane Fresh is a post-doctoral fellow at the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions at Vanderbilt University. Prior to her fellowship, she received a doctorate in Political Science from Stanford University in 2017 and an MA in Economics from Stanford in 2015.

She studies the consequences of economic and institutional change for the composition of the political elite. Her research is motivated by questions of who has access to political power, and what events and processes can concentrate or diversify that access. Trained as a comparativist and methodologist, she studies a diverse set of regions and historical moments in Europe and Latin America, and brings a comparative perspective to a variety of questions about American political development. To date, her research has been published in the Journal of Politics.

At Stanford, she was a teaching/course assistant for courses in Comparative Politics, American Politics and International Relations, and was the sole instructor for the Research Design Course for senior honors thesis writers. She has received recognition for her teaching in the form of the Stanford Centennial Teaching Assistant Award. Beyond Stanford, she has served as an instructor for accredited university courses in research methods, Latin American history and macroeconomics at prisons in California and Tennessee.