Graduate Student Directory

Ellie Frazier
  • Title
    • Ph.D. Student
  • Division Social Sciences Division
  • Department
    • Politics Department
  • Phone
    831-459-4450 (Message)
  • Email
  • Office Location
    • Merrill College Academic Building, 131
  • Mail Stop Merrill/Crown Faculty Services

Research Interests

My research interests are broadly in law and politics in Africa. Specifically, I’m interested in how actors within access to justice/legal empowerment movements navigate and transform legally pluralistic institutions and communities. Other research interests include: state capacity and public policy; politics of international interventions and post-conflict environments; politics of local service provision; transitional justice, legal consciousness, critical legal theory.

Biography, Education and Training

Prior to UCSC, I worked in Africa for nearly a decade in the justice and education sectors. I worked on projects with government ministries in Rwanda and Sierra Leone, as well as USAID, DFID, and UNDP. In addition to policy research and reports for Freedom House and Open Society Foundations, I completed my own research through a Fulbright Research Grant on access to justice in Sierra Leone; this project continues to be central to my doctoral research.

M.A., Economics, Fordham University

M.A., International Political Economy and Development, Fordham University

B.A., Anthropology, Visual Arts, Art History; University of Virginia


Teaching Interests

Comparative Politics; International Relations; African Politics; Legal Studies