Seth Soderborg

Seth Soderborg

PhD Candidate in Government
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I am a scholar of public opinion and elections in developing democracies. My research focuses on the local leaders who broker votes and the ways candidates can use fraud to get across the line in competitive races. That research focuses on Brazil and Indonesia. In addition to my research, I work as a pollster and political advisor in Indonesia. As a thesis advisor, I work with students to develop a framework for finding the right version of their question and identifying the right tools to answer it. Both quantitative and qualitative approaches are part of my research, and part of the theses I have advised. Because my focus is on structure and the social science toolkit, I am comfortable advising students whose questions are located outside of my geographical area of expertise. My relationship with thesis students is one that stresses flexibility and adaptation to the student’s needs, plus follow-through once a course of action has been decided. I will not impose a methodological framework, but I will work to ensure that students choose frameworks that work for them and their question, and that they use them in a rigorous way.

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