Meet Andrew Marshall, 2020 APSA Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grantee

The American Political Science Association is pleased to announce the Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant (DDRIG) Awardees for 2020. The APSA DDRIG program provides support to enhance and improve the conduct of doctoral dissertation research in political science. Awards support basic research which is theoretically derived and empirically oriented.

Andrew Marshall, Georgetown University

Andrew Marshall is a comparative government PhD candidate in Georgetown University’s Department of Government.  His research focuses on the politics of state language policies, ethnic and national identification, and understandings of the nation and nationalism.  His dissertation Language Policy and the Nation in East Africa examines Kenyan and Tanzanian policies regulating language use in education, legislative debates, broadcast media, and political campaigns and their influence on how Kenyans and Tanzanians understand and identify with their nations.  In the dissertation project, he uses semi-structured interviews, ethnographic observation, and archival research complemented by a DDRIG-funded multilingual phone survey experiment in a qualitatively driven, integrated multi-method research design.  His study finds that language policy, including state-recognized multilingualism that challenges the “one nation, one language” approach, remains a potent tool of nation-building.

Andrew has earned multiple competitive research and training grants, including the U.S. Education Department’s Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) Fellowship and the U.S. State Department’s Critical Language Scholarship for advanced Kiswahili study.  Hailing from Phillips, Wisconsin, he received a BA in international affairs and history from Marquette University and an MA in international affairs from American University and served as a Jesuit Volunteer in Tanzania.  More information on his work is available on his website.


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