New fellowship showcases collaboration between IDN, LGS, and The Carter Center.

Grand Buckles

Grant Buckles, PhD Student in Political Science

Laney Graduate School, 2015

We are pleased to announce that Grant Buckles is the recipient of the inaugural ELMO Initiative Graduate Fellowship for the 2015-2016 academic year. The fellowship is sponsored by the Institute for Developing Nations, Emory’s Laney Graduate School, and The Carter Center’s Democracy Program, and involves working with ELMO, The Carter Center’s open-source election monitoring data collection and reporting system (more information at The fellow will be a resource on the ELMO tool for the Emory community; coordinate a speaker/discussion series exploring research on assessing and measuring election quality; and participate in sessions on the methodological and technological design of election monitoring tools and data.

The first ELMO Initiative Fellow, Grant Buckles, is a PhD student in Political Science in the Laney Graduate School. He specializes in the study of elections, political parties, and political mobilization in the developing world. His dissertation analyzes the role of opposition mobilization and organizational development in bringing about more competitive elections. While at Emory, Grant has conducted field research in South Africa. He has also been an instructor and teaching assistant for classes on political mobilization in hybrid regimes, comparative politics, and research methods. He graduated from Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky with a Bachelor’s in Political Science and French Language & Literature.