Scholar Profile : Diane de Gramont

Diane de Gramont

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Course: M.Phil. Politics: Comparative Government
College: Merton
Nationality: France
Status: Alum
Scholarship Year: 2012

Academic Interests
I am broadly interested in political transitions in developing countries and the role of external actors in influencing these processes. I am particularly concerned with the question of how democratic structures - such as political party systems or impartial judiciaries - develop and take root in societies without a previous history of such institutions. I am also interested in studying different types of political arrangements which have facilitated socioeconomic development and the empowerment of marginalized groups. My previous academic work concentrated on Latin America but I am looking to expand my regional focus to look also at sub-Saharan Africa and parts of Asia.

About me
I grew up mostly in Southern California but left the sun and warmth to attend Harvard College (and now Oxford). I focused on Latin American politics in college and studied abroad for a semester at the University of Havana in Cuba. I also spent two summers working and conducting research in Peru and wrote my senior thesis on the growth of regional political parties within Peru. After graduating in 2010 I joined the Democracy and Rule of Law program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, an international relations think tank in Washington, DC. My research at Carnegie focused on Western democracy and development policy and particularly efforts to improve political analysis and understanding within development agencies like the World Bank and the UK's DFID. In addition to discussing all things politics, I love traveling, random adventures, good food and good company.