Esther M. Skelley

Graduate Student Excellence-in-Research Award 2005

Esther M. Skelley, a doctoral student in international affairs, studies U.S. democracy programs abroad and analyzes how to measure their results. She has found that developing democracies are likely to alternate between progression and regression for several decades. She also has concluded that U.S. intervention necessitates a long-term commitment to the consolidation process. Her publications include two articles and a book chapter and she co-authored a monograph on Latin American politics, Communism and elections. Ms. Skelley received the Hillenbrand Fellowship, awarded annually to a high-ranking graduate student in international affairs, and a research assistantship with Dr. Howard Wiarda, Dean Rusk Professor of International Relations.