I am currently a Democracy Postdoctoral Fellow with the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the Harvard Kennedy School. My research explores how popular participation shapes the local policy-making process, including projects that focus on local electoral responsiveness and the design of participatory governance institutions in Brazil. These projects engage with broader debates about democratic representation and the consequences of decentralization reforms in the developing world. For my work, I was recently awarded the Susan Clarke Young Scholars' Award by APSA's Urban and Local Politics Section.
Before joining the Ash Center, I was a Visiting Fellow with the Kellogg Institute for International Studies at the University of Notre Dame and a Quin Morton Predoctoral Teaching Fellow with the Princeton Writing Program. I received my PhD in 2017 from Princeton University's Joint Degree Program in Social Policy. Starting next fall, I will be an Assistant Professor of Public Policy with the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy at the University of Virginia.
I can be reached at pgjohanne(at)gmail.com.