Graduate student wins International Research Award

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Margaret H. Ariotti, a doctoral candidate in political science at Penn State, has won the Graduate Student International Research Award. The purpose of the award is to promote and support international research and scholarship by graduate students that has potential for global impact.

Ariotti has concentrated her dissertation work on creating an understanding “of what makes bureaucracies effective vehicles for the provision of public goods to citizens.”

As Ariotti has stated, her dissertation, titled “Public Goods Provision in Africa: From Political Elites to Street-level Bureaucrats,” focuses on “why some bureaucratic agencies are more productive than others, and what explains this variation.” She contends that this subject is a matter of practical concern for governments and international aid agencies, and also has implications for citizens of all countries, developed and developing alike.

Ariotti has selected the West African nation of Burkina Faso for her analysis.

One nominator wrote that “a better understanding of policy provision in Francophone African countries would be of interest to scholars across various areas within political science, as well as to policy makers, especially those involved with international organizations that allocate foreign aid.”

Ariotti’s scholarly work has been recognized with Penn State’s Africana Research Center Humanities Dissertation Fellowship and Political Science Graduate Research Fellowship.

Ariotti was honored during the inaugural Graduate Student Awards Luncheon held on April 27 at the Nittany Lion Inn.

Last Updated April 28, 2016