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Thibaud Marcesse


ThibaudĀ is a PhD candidate in the Government Department at Cornell University. His dissertation investigates the impact of institutional change in the field of poverty alleviation on the strategies pursued by political parties in rural India. He focuses specifically on the ways brokers interact with citizens and party elites. His broader research interests include the political economy of development, institutions, political parties, ethnicity and the politics of foreign aid. His PhD research in rural Uttar Pradesh has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the Graduate School and the Government Department at Cornell. Prior to beginning his PhD, he also worked with the United Nations, the National Democratic Institute and Chemonics International, a USAID contractor.