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Andrew Brooks

Andrew Brooks

Fall 2016 Graduate Fellowship Recipient
Stanford Center on Global Poverty and Development


Andrew Brooks is a PhD candidate in political science at Stanford University, with concentrations in comparative politics and international relations. His research focuses on the impact of long-term historic determinants of development, stability, and civil-military relations.

Fellowship research abstract

The Impact of Colonial Militaries on Economic Development

My dissertation focuses on the impact of Colonial Armies on development in former British African colonies. How did the ethnically based recruitment practices impact future civil-military relations? How did differences in the rank-and-file and officer corps impact the political behavior of the army? I argue that biased recruitment practices led to underdevelopment, civil wars, and military coups.