Anjali Anand

Anjali Anand is a PhD candidate in the Department of Political Science, concentrating in Comparative Politics and International Relations. Her research interests include early modern state building, the institutional underpinnings of relationships between rulers and elites, the economic history of colonialism, and the role of violent conflict in the creation and destruction of markets. Her dissertation examines how access to Indian merchant capital determined the survival or disintegration of Indian states in the pre-colonial era. By employing a comparative case design with attention to the chronological and interactive processes of geopolitical competition and revenue generation, she argues that contrary to conventional wisdom, rulers may not always act in their self-interest when pursuing sources of credit and revenue because they are constrained by the structural features of their ruling organizations. By examining eighteenth-century India using a lens of organizational variation, she sheds light on the pathways by which the East India Company became a dominant power in the subcontinent. Additional projects also grow out of her interest in historical processes of state formation, including the governing of territory by non-state actors, the use of national identities to make claims on territory, the institutional structure of empires, and the precolonial determinants of colonial institutions. Before entering the PhD program at Chicago, Anjali received a BA cum laude in Economics and Political Science from Amherst College. She has also worked as a Communication Skills Instructor at Bilkent University in Ankara, Turkey and been a Fellow in the Urdu Academic Year Language Program in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India. Her office is located in Pick Hall 116.

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Manuel Cabal

Manuel Cabal is a PhD candidate in the Department of Political Science. His research interests in comparative politics are related to political regimes, nation and state-building, public education and welfare states. His dissertation studies the politics of Mexico’s post-revolutionary nation-building project—through public education and policies of cultural assimilation—and the role of teachers in mass political mobilization. His office is located in Pick Hall 116. Click here to sign up for office hours.

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Yubing Sheng

Yubing Sheng is a PhD candidate in the Department of Political Science, specializing in International Relations and Comparative Politics. Her research focuses on nationalism, public opinion, domestic impact on foreign policy making, and conflict de-escalation. In her dissertation, she analyzes the conditions under which the state can insulate the influence of anti-foreign nationalism and make the conciliatory foreign policy that suits the state’s interest most. To test her theory, she employs comparative case study and process-tracing of three sets of cases, i.e., Britain before the 1854 Crimean War vs. Britain during the pre-WWII era, China during the 1931 Manchuria Crisis vs. China before the 1937 Sino-Japanese War, and Thailand and Cambodia during the 2008-2011 border dispute. Her other research interests include the conditions under which civil resistance work and states’ manipulation of audience cost in times of international crisis. Yubing holds a BA in International Relations from Beijing Foreign Studies University and an MA in Political Science from the University of Chicago. Yubing’s office is located in Pick Hall 116. 

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