I am a PhD candidate in Political Science at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. My research agenda focuses on repression and resistance in authoritarian regimes. In particular, I study how the behavior of non-state actors affects regimes’ strategies of social control through the interaction of citizens, opposition figures, and authoritarian security institutions. I apply these theories to authoritarian regimes in Latin America, including the archival study of Cold War-era dictatorships.

A related area of interest is how repression and resistance affect public attitudes, and the long-term political implications of these effects. I study how repression undermines popular support for a regime, and the conditions under which this support may be restored. These conditions include everything from accountability for past repression to a regime’s efforts to justify repression to the public through the framing and labeling of resistance.

My research has been published in the British Journal of Political Science.

A link to my CV is here, and a link to research is here. I can be contacted at pedwar8 [at] emory [dot] edu.