Jamie L. Shenk is a PhD (D.Phil) candidate in Sociology at the University of Oxford. She holds an M.Sc. in Latin American Studies from the University of Oxford and a B.A. in History from Princeton University (summa cum laude) with certificates in Latin American Studies and Global Health. Her graduate studies have been funded by the Clarendon Scholarship.
Her doctoral research focuses on the lingering effects of armed conflict on local participation and social mobilization, using Colombia as a case study. Her dissertation examines the use of consultas populares (local referenda) to contest large-scale mining and oil projects in Colombia as an example of citizen-activated participatory democracy in active and post-conflict contexts. Her research employs a mixed-methods approach, leveraging quantitative analysis of an original dataset she constructed of extractive-related local referenda in Colombia and qualitative data (semi-structured interviews and participant observation) collected during fieldwork in-country. Her broader research interests include: political violence, post-conflict transitions, social movements, and qualitative methods.
She is particularly interested in the policy implications of her research. Before beginning her doctoral studies, she worked in Washington D.C. at the Latin American Program at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars. She was the 2018 Latin America Fellow for Young Professionals in Foreign Policy. Her analyses have been published in The Diplomat (with Michael Kugelman), Americas Quarterly (with Cynthia Arnson), Fair Observer, and The New Atlanticist, among other outlets.