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Manaswini Ramkumar PHD.INRL

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Manaswini's research interest is at the intersection of civil-military relations and comparative politics. Her dissertation is concerned with investigating how democratically-elected but authoritarian civilian executives use the military to subvert democracy. How the military responds to undemocratic civilian leaders carries implications for democratic stability. By examining the relationship between the Indian military and civilian decision-makers, she hopes to explain the military's understanding of democracy. Prior to beginning her PhD, Manaswini worked as an Associate Research Fellow at the Institute of Defense and Strategic Studies in Singapore and as a lecturer in Professional Military Education to the Singapore Armed Forces. Manaswini holds a Master of Science degree in Strategic Studies, with a Certificate in Terrorism Studies, from the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS) at Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore and a BA in Political Science and Economics from Luther College, Iowa. Awards: Summer Methods Funding - Institute for Qualitative and Multi-Method Research, Summer 2018 Summer Institute on Conducting Archival Research (SICAR), Workshop sponsored by The Wilson Center and George Washington University, June 2018 Teaching Experience: Teaching Assistant, School of International Service SIS 105 - World Politics Fall 2017 - Spring 2018, Fall 2019 Global Politics faculty, Mahindra United World College of India (Pune, India) IB Diploma Program August 2018 - January 2019