Government graduate student Calla Hummel has been awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, the most prestigious fellowship available to an American graduate student. The fellowship will fund Hummel’s research into when and why marginalized populations organize.
Hummel proposed a study of the conditions under which informal workers organize around political goals. In preliminary fieldwork, she found that informal workers sometimes organize after experiencing repression. Hummel’s research will investigate the connection between repression and informal workers’ organizations through case studies and a survey experiment in La Paz, Bolivia, Sao Paulo, Brazil, and Asuncion, Paraguay.