2006
Alumni (National Fellow)

Shamira Gelbman

National Fellow
Brooklyn, New York
Degrees:
B.A. Hunter College of the City University of New York (2000)
M.A. University of Virginia (2003)
Ph.D. University of Virginia (2006)
Graduate School of Arts & Sciences
Fields of Interest:
African American History
Human Rights
Region: Africa
Social Issues

Thesis Description:

Coalitions of the Unwilling: Insurgency and Enfranchisement in the United States and South Africa
Based on a paired comparison of the American civil rights movement and the anti-Apartheid movement in South Africa, Gelbman’s dissertation argued that state actors’ responses to social movements vary with changing coalition dynamics at both the elite and mass levels. Specifically, the confluence of intra-regime conflict and labor-civil rights coalitions provides the incentives for democratic concessions that would otherwise be too politically risky for public officials who are beholden to constituencies that oppose suffrage expansion to undertake.

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