Samuel Frantz

Areas of Expertise

Comparative political economy

Major- Comparative Politics

Minor- Research Methods

I am a 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. My dissertation investigates these themes in the context of Article 135 of India’s Companies Act, which requires thousands of firms to spend a portion of their profits on social and developmental initiatives. This unique requirement has thrust companies into new roles as development donors and service providers and is reshaping business-society relations and India’s development sector.

Prior to joining the department, I worked for ten years in international non-profits, principally in the areas of political and electoral monitoring and political party development. Among other roles, I served as country representative of The Carter Center's Democracy Program in Sudan and as a 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.



M.A., Political Science, George Washington University
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)