Ph.D. Candidate in Political Science
Columbia University

Tara Slough is a Ph.D. Candidate in Political Science at Columbia University where she studies comparative politics, quantitative methods, and political economy (formal theory).

Tara writes on the political economy of institutions and development. Her dissertation focuses on the distributive politics of the bureaucracy with application to low- and middle-income democracies. She has conducted fieldwork in Argentina, Colombia, Haiti, Malawi, Nigeria, Peru, and Venezuela.

Tara's work is supported by a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. Her research has also benefited from generous support from the NSF, USAID, EGAP/DFID, J-PAL, the Columbia Institute for Latin American Studies (ILAS), and the Center for the Study of Development Strategies (CSDS).

Tara earned both a BM in Violin Performance and a BA in Political Science from Rice University in 2012.