Jamie L. Shenk is a PhD (D.Phil) candidate in Sociology at the University of Oxford. Her research focuses on the lingering effects of armed conflict on local participation and social mobilization, using Colombia as a case study.
In particular, her thesis 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. She employs a mixed-methods approach, leveraging quantitative analysis of an original dataset she constructed of consultas populares in Colombia and qualitative data (semi-structured interviews and participant observation) collected during fieldwork in-country. She also holds an M.Sc. in Latin American Studies from the University of Oxford and a B.A. in History from Princeton University. Her graduate studies have been funded by the Clarendon Scholarship.