As I mentioned on Monday, the PhD program can be broken up roughly into three phases. The first, when students are in classes, is straightforward. The second, which I could describe as the period between classes and full-focus writing of the dissertation, is less neatly described. Students are often both preparing for their comprehensive exams and researching or writing their dissertation proposals during the same multi-month block, though they might choose to tackle the two tasks sequentially. Jared Miller is currently in the second phase of the program — he’ll take his comprehensive exams very soon, but he also aims to complete and defend his dissertation proposal as soon as possible.
I first met Jared when he was a MALD student and he conducted interviews for the Admissions Office. Like most of the PhD students who were formerly MALDs, he has already contributed a lot to the school and the community. See his article for the Leir Institute, as well as his photo from the Fletcher Perspectives virtual gallery below. In 2020-21, Jared was a student representative (elected) to the PhD Committee, a team of faculty, students, and staff who keep the program on the right track. His contribution to the Committee has been hugely valuable. Jared introduces himself here.
I am a PhD in International Relations student at The Fletcher School, focusing on how to strengthen accountable governance within contexts of systemic corruption. I focus on Sub-Saharan Africa with a country focus on Nigeria, where I previously worked to support community-based peacebuilding programs.
Though my research focuses primarily on governance in Nigeria, I have also researched how political corruption undermines accountable governance in other states in Sub-Saharan Africa as well as in the United States. Outside my doctoral work, I am also a Fellow with the Leir Institute for Human Security and a Research Assistant with the World Peace Foundation. Previously, I worked in Nigeria for Search for Common Ground, an international peacebuilding nonprofit. In Nigeria, I worked on issues ranging from human rights accountability and democratic governance to youth-led efforts to counter violent extremism and strengthen community security. You can read more about my work here.