Researchers

David Sylvan 

Principal investigator

David Sylvan is professor of international relations/political science at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies. Before coming to the Institute, he taught at the University of Minnesota and Syracuse University. He works on foreign policy and organization theory (US Foreign Policy in Perspective), qualitative and computational methodology (A Rationalist Methodology for the Social Sciences; "Computing Narratives"), and the sociology of international relations ("A World Without Security or Foreign Policy").

Ashley Thornton

Senior researcher 

Ashley Thornton is senior researcher on the Garrison State Project. Her doctoral dissertation developed text-analytical techniques to examine the arguments parliamentarians in New Zealand and France put forth in support of or against proposed welfare reforms over 40 years ("How Does Ideology Influence Welfare Retrenchment Proposals?" Party Politics). She also teaches political psychology and qualitative methods at the Graduate Institute. Within the Garrison State Project, Dr Thornton works on developing text-analytical techniques for the extraction of reasons from parliamentary speeches; she also codes debates from the UK parliament.  

Juliette Ganne

Research assistant

Juliette Ganne is a research assistant for the Garrison State Project and a Ph.D. candidate in the International Relations/Political Science department at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies. She is working on parliamentary debates in Switzerland, France and Japan for the project. Her academic work focuses on European Union missions and operations in Sub-Saharan African States.

Laura Schenker

Research assistant

Laura Schenker is a research assistant for the Garrison State Project and a Ph.D. candidate in International Relations/Political Science at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies. Within the Garrison State Project, she is working on parliamentary debates in New Zealand and France.

Will Bennett

Research assistant

Will Bennett is a research assistant for the Garrison State Project and a Ph.D. candidate in International Relations/Political Science at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies. He is coding UK parliamentary debates for the project. His academic work is informed by years of working on conflict prevention and post-conflict reconstruction.

Flavia Eichmann

Research assistant

Flavia Eichmann is a research assistant for the Garrison State Project and a master's student in Development Studies at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva. Within the Garrison State Project, she is working on parliamentary debates in Germany.

Former Assistants

Michael Barczay

Mira Fey

Moe Saito

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