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KAITLIN ALPER

Ph.D. Candidate

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

 

ABOUT

I am a Ph.D. candidate in political science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. My primary research interests are in comparative welfare states and social policy, economic and social inequality, and the political economy of multilevel governance and decentralization in advanced industrial democracies. My dissertation broadly focuses on the willingness and ability of subnational governments to affect inequality within their borders via social policy. My work has been published in Social Forces. More information about my research can be found here.

I am currently a visiting researcher at the Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences (BIGSSS) while conducting field research for my dissertation.

Prior to pursuing my Ph.D., I received an M.Sc. in Politics and Public Policy from Trinity College Dublin and a B.A. in Political Science and English at the University of Connecticut. In addition, I was a visiting researcher at BIGSSS in the summer of 2019, at the Centre for European Studies and Comparative Politics (CEE) at Sciences Po Paris in the summer of 2021, and at the Danish Centre for Welfare Studies (DaWS) at the University of Southern Denmark in the fall of 2021.

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