Melodie Chika Ogawa

Melodie Chika Ogawa

Graduate Student

Chika is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Government at Harvard University. Her dissertation explores the relationship between party politics and (de)centralization in unitary, parliamentary democracies (with a focus on England & Japan). She thanks the Krupp Foundation and the Reischauer Institute for funding her research. She is a Graduate Affiliate at the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies.

She received BAs (summa cum laude) in Comparative Politics and Japanese Studies from the University of California, San Diego in 2006. Her senior thesis on 'inter-party electoral cooperation' won the Undergraduate Research Award from the American Academy of Political and Social Science, and the Sanford Lakoff Award for Most Outstanding Honors Thesis from the Political Science Department at UCSD.

General research interests: political institutions and organizations (both formal & informal), and the political economy of advanced democracies.

Specific research interests: how the structure of the public bureaucracy influences party politics & strategies (and vice versa); the relationship between local (municipal & regional) politics and national politics; how and why political parties coordinate their electoral strategies; and how welfare-state policies influence demographic outcomes.

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