Meet Lindsey Pruett, 2021 APSA Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grantee

The American Political Science Association is pleased to announce the Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant (DDRIG) Awardees for 2021. 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.

Lindsey Pruett, Cornell University

Lindsey Pruett is a PhD candidate in political science at Cornell University. Her research focuses on African politics, state-building and military-society relations. Drawing on archival research, interview material and survey data, her dissertation broadly explores the role of the military within state-building processes in West Africa. Lindsey utilizes survey experiments embedded within a representative survey in Senegal to understand how military-led civic action programs influence public opinion, including views towards the regime, security forces, and tolerance for the use of force and military influence in domestic politics. Alongside an in-depth theory-building case study of how and why the Senegalese army has utilized civic action programs, this survey data draws attention to a commonplace, though often overlooked function of militaries around the world.

Additionally, her other projects examine the historical development of armies within colonial French West Africa, with a focus on how ordinary people responded to conscription, with ramifications for the development of state-capacity and sub-regional integration. Lindsey received her undergraduate degree from Colby College, and she currently serves as a graduate fellow at the Gender and Security Sector Lab.