Rachel Sweet

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Academy Scholar, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University 


Ph.D., Political Science, Northwestern University (2017)
Dissertation: “Rebels, Smugglers, Bureaucrats: How State Institutions Shape Economies of War” 
Major Field: Comparative Politics, high pass 
Minor Field: International Relations, high pass 
Committee: William Reno (chair), James Mahoney, Hendrik Spruyt, Rachel Riedl

M.A., Political Science, Northwestern University, 2012
African Studies Cluster Fellow

B.A., Political Science, Wheaton College (IL), 2008, Summa Cum Laude 
Minors in Economics and History 
Human Needs and Global Resources study abroad certificate, Nairobi, Kenya. 


 “Bureaucrats at War: Public Authority in Congo's Conflict Zones” Under Review at Development and Change (Revise and Resubmit) 

 “Set Diagrams and Qualitative Research.” Comparative Political Studies. 2014. (December). with James Mahoney. 

 “Religious Equality in Kenya? Adjudicating the Constitutionality of Kenya’s Kadhis’ Courts.” Regulating Religion. 2012 (August). 

 “In Search of Order: State Systems of Property Rights Enforcement and their Failings.” In Sandra Joireman, Where There is No Government: Enforcing Property Rights in Sub-Saharan Africa. 2011. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 


2015-16      Harry Frank Guggenheim Dissertation Fellowship 
2015            Graduate Research Grant, Northwestern University: funded doctoral data analysis 
2015           Morris Goodman African Language Award: funded study of intermediate Lingala 
2014-15      University Fellowship, Northwestern University 
2014            Dispute Resolution Research Center, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, 
                     Research Award 
2013-14      Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Grant
2012-13      Morris Goodman African Language Award: funded study of advanced Swahili 
2011-12      University Fellowship, Northwestern University 
2011           Andrew W. Mellon Research Grant: Funded pre-doctoral fieldwork in DR Congo 
2011           Hans E. Panofsky Research Award, Program of African Studies Northwestern University: Funded pre-
                    doctoral research in DR Congo 
2011           Buffet Center Graduate Student Summer Research Award, Northwestern University 
2010-11    Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellowship for Interdisciplinary Studies- African Studies 
2010           Scholastic Honor Society Grant for Graduate Education, Wheaton College 
2004-08     Presidential Scholarship, Wheaton College 


 “Governing Finance: Rebels, Bureaucrats, and Transnational Networks in Eastern Congo.” African Studies Association. San Diego, CA. November 2015. 

 “When are Warlords State Builders? Assessing the Durability of Armed Governing Coalitions,” presented at the conference on Struggles Over Emerging States in Africa. Durham University and the Peace Research Institute of Oslo (PRIO), Durham City, England. May 9-11 2013. 

 “Capital and Coercion in Contemporary War: Business Networks and Insurgent Negotiations in DR Congo,” presented at the Midwest Political Science Association. Chicago, IL, April 12, 2013. 

 “Beyond Disorder: Civilian-Insurgent Relations in Wartime Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo,” presented at the African Studies Association, Philadelphia, PA, November 30, 2012. 

 “Rethinking ‘Urban Bias’ in the African State,” presented at the Midwest Political Science Association. Chicago, IL, April 3, 2008. With Sandra Joireman. 

 “Justice, Deliberation, and Deceit: Reconsidering the Elements of the Mytilenian Debate,” presented at the Citizenship, Identity, and Social Justice Conference at the University of Windsor, Ontario, Canada, May 17, 2007. 


 Governance at the Edge of the State: Public Authority and Property in Conflict Environments. Conflict Research Group, University of Ghent. Ghent, Belgium. September 15-18, 2014. 

 Institute for Qualitative and Multi-Method Social Research, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY. June 16-27, 2014. 

 American Political Science Association (APSA) Africa Workshop. “Representation Reconsidered: Ethnic Politics and Africa’s Governance Institutions in Comparative Perspective,” with the Institute for Development Studies, University of Nairobi. Nairobi, Kenya. July 24-August 6, 2011. 


“Congo: [Beyond] Minerals, Corruption, and Conflict.” Presentation at ArtWORKS Projects for Human Rights. With William Reno. Chicago, IL. June 17, 2015. 

 “Challenges to International Peace Building in the Democratic Republic of Congo” Lecture to the Peace Building class at De Paul University, Chicago, IL, April 21, 2015. 

“Dynamics of Violence in Beni Territory, North Kivu “ Presentation to the UN Organization Stabilization Mission in the DR Congo (MONUSCO), Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo, December 1, 2014. 

 “Conducting Field Research in Dangerous Settings,” Lecture to the Comparative Politics class at University of Chicago, School of Continuing Studies, Chicago, IL, May 20, 2014.

 “Urban Property and Political Development in Africa” Presentation at the Human Needs and Global Resources Symposium on Property Rights, Poverty Reduction and Policy Reform, Wheaton College, February 29, 2008. 


Teaching Assistant, Northwestern University Evanston, IL  (2011-2015)

 Chef de Travaux/ Visiting Instructor, Université Chrétienne Bilingue du Congo Beni, DR Congo June-July 2011, August-December 2013 


Country Analyst, Freedom House August 2014-present, (New York, NY) 

Expert Witness, De Paul University Law Clinic January 2015-present (Chicago, IL)

 Refugee Mentor, RefugeeONE and World Relief January 2015-present, May-August 2014, 2010-2011, 2006-2007, (Chicago, IL)

 Developmental Editor, Northwestern University Press July-September 2014, (Evanston, IL) 

Social Research Consultant, Institute des Recherches Intégratives Université Chrétienne Bilingue du Congo, Sept 2009-May 2010, (Beni, North Kivu, DR Congo) 

Housing Policy Intern, Haki ya Jamii Trust June-December 2007, (Nairobi, Kenya) 
(Researched community participation and representation in UN- HABITAT’s Kenya Slum Upgrading Programme (KENSUP) in Kibera settlement, Nairobi.) 

 “Amani Iliukwa (Peace Was): Rethinking the Bounds of ‘Conflict.’” Published in the Amani Itukuya (Peace Will Come) Essay Series at With Eyes Wide Open and Radio Mutaani (Goma, DR Congo), June 2015.

 “Business and Politics Intersect in a String of North Kivu Killings,” Congo Siasa (blog of Jason Stearns), January 2015 


Swahili (Advanced) 
French (Advanced)
Lingala (Intermediate) 
German (Basic)