Samuel Frantz

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Major- Comparative Politics

I am a third-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.


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


  • Junior Research Fellowship, American Institute of Indian Studies (2017-2018)
  • Critical Language Scholarship for Urdu by the U.S. Department of State (2016)