Samuel Frantz

Email:
sfrantz@gwu.edu

Major- Comparative Politics

I am a second-year doctoral student, with research interests in comparative politics and comparative political economy. My current research examines how non-governmental social services -- such as those provided by non-profit organizations, for-profit businesses, and companies under corporate social responsibility initiatives -- shape citizen-state relations and political competition. Specifically, I leverage the rapid expansion of village and neighborhood-level social welfare initiatives by corporations under India's 2014 Corporate Social Responsibility Rules to study the politics of non-state service delivery in clientelistic settings.

Prior to joining the department, I worked for ten years in international non-profits, principally in the areas of political and electoral observation and political party development. Among other roles, I served as country representative of The Carter Center's Democracy Program in Sudan and as deputy country representative in Nepal. I also served in a range of positions with the National Democratic Institute in Bangladesh, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, and Washington, DC.

Education

B.A., Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University.

Distinctions

Samuel Frantz was awarded a Critical Language Scholarship for Urdu by the U.S. Department of State.