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James Bryan International Relations (PhD)

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The Three-Body Problem
James is currently a PhD Candidate at American University’s School of International Service. His dissertation focuses on how events change citizen attitudes towards democracy. His dissertation uses spatial and quasi-experimental methods to isolate the impacts of protests and events that contribute to democratic backsliding. His other research interests include Global Economic Governance, Russian politics, US foreign policy, and mixed-methods research design. James got his BA from Hamilton College, where he majored in Economics and Government. You can follow him on Twitter @James_Bryan7.

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Selected Publications

Bryan, James D. "What Kind of Democracy Do We All Support? How Partisan Interest Impacts a Citizen’s Conceptualization of Democracy." Comparative Political Studies (2023):

Bryan, James D., and Jordan Tama. "The prevalence of bipartisanship in US foreign policy: an analysis of important congressional votes." International Politics 59, no. 5 (2022): 874-897.

Bryan, James D., and Anastassiya Perevezentseva. "Elite response to protest in authoritarian settings: evidence from Russia." Democratization 28, no. 6 (2021): 1133-1151.

Rivera, Sharon Werning, and James D. Bryan. "Understanding the sources of anti-Americanism in the Russian elite." Post-Soviet Affairs 35, no. 5-6 (2019): 376-392.