Ahmed Receives Healy Research Grant
Amel Ahmed has received a $15,000 Faculty Research Grant/Healy Endowment Grant for her research project "The Devil is in the Democratic Details: The Politics of Institutional Choice in the Egyptian Transition."
Ahmed's project will "analyze the determinants of institutional choice in the context of democratization. ...[and advance the] understanding of [the] field through a careful analysis of the 'micro-dynamics' of democratic development." Using the high-profile Egyptian transition to democracy as a case study, Ahmed will be able to test existing theories about democratization and electoral system choice.
The Faculty Research Grant/Healy Endowment Grant is a program offered through the UMass Amhert's Vice Chancellor for Research and Engagement. It encourages "scholarly research and creative activities by members of the University faculty."
Ahmed is assistant professor of political science at UMass Amherst. Her main area of specialization is democratic politics, with a special interest in the dynamics of elite versus popular control over democratic decision-making. Her research and teaching covers the areas of Comparative Politics, West European Politics, American Political Development, and Democratic Theory.