Ethan Santangelo joined the Ph.D. program in the fall of 2018. His research interests center on factors that influence the prevalence of democratic and authoritarian consolidation, as well as how features of political institutions drive regime stability. He is currently specializing in comparative politics, with a focus in methodology.
Prior to entering the program, Ethan graduated with High Honor from Michigan State University with a B.A. in political science and history. His coursework brought him to France, Germany, and the United Kingdom, studying Western European government, conflict, and the European Union. He was selected to become part of the Political Science Scholars program, assisting in the research of Dr. Cristina Bodea. Their work examined the frequency of women in the highest echelons of central bank leadership. He also worked with George Washington University’s Program on Extremism, documenting Islamic State (IS) English-speaking activity on social media. Since graduating in 2017, Ethan has provided disaster relief and preparedness education as an AmeirCorps member for the American Red Cross.