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Adriane Stewart Fresh

Assistant Professor of Political Science
Political Science
140 Science Drive, 281 Gross Hall, Box 90204, Durham, NC 27708
Office hours By appointment (Room 281 Gross Hall).  


I am an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Duke University. I received my PhD in Political Science at Stanford in 2017, and my MA in Economics at Stanford in 2015.  Prior to arriving at Duke, I was a post-doctoral fellow at the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions at Vanderbilt University. 

I study the political economy of development. My research concerns how elites respond to dramatic economic and institutional changes. I'm interested in the effects of these changes on elite persistence and the strategies that elites employ to contend with potential disruptions to their power. I study a diverse set of historical time periods and country contexts including the Industrial Revolution in Britain, regime change in Chile, and black enfranchisement in the US. I am interested in quantitative methods, and I have a particular interest in causal inference in the context of observational research, as well as natural language processing using large corpuses of historical and historiographical text.

Current Appointments & Affiliations

Assistant Professor of Political Science · 2019 - Present Political Science, Trinity College of Arts & Sciences

Education, Training & Certifications

Stanford University · 2017 Ph.D.