PhD alum and Georgetown assistant professor Killian Clarke received an honorable mention for this year’s Juan Linz Prize for Best Dissertation in the Comparative Study of Democracy & Autocracy from APSA.
The award committee - Jane Esberg (chair) (International Crisis Group), Irfan Nooruddin (Georgetown University), and David Art (Tufts University) – noted that "Clarke's dissertation focuses on what happens in the wake of revolutionary regimes -- in particular, when they are subject to counter revolutionary challenges that seek to restore some form of the old regime. He theorizes that such counter revolutions will occur when leaders have both high levels of interest in returning to the pre-revolutionary order and enough capacity after the revolution to launch a challenge. In addition to a cross-national analysis focused on understanding patterns of counterrevolution globally, Clarke offers a detailed account of the overthrow of the Morsi government in Egypt that builds on original data on protest activity and rich qualitative evidence collected through extensive fieldwork. Clarke's dissertation provides important new evidence about the stability of revolutionary regimes.