Graduate Student Spotlight: Chris Gahagan from the Department of Political Science

What department are you a graduate student in?

Political Science

Why did you decide to go to graduate school?

I’ve always had an intense curiosity to understand why different phenomena occur in our world, specifically regarding people’s social and political relationships with their government(s). The knowledge and skills learned in this program will help me to do my part in increasing our understanding of these relationships, as well as help to create better policy and governance to increase quality of life for people around the world.

Did your interests change throughout your program?

No. As of now I am still interested in researching the social and political determinants of why people opt to move into shadow (informal) economies and not participate in formal economies set up by their respective governments.

What do you want to do with your advanced degree?

I would love to work in Academia where I can both continue my research as well as teach other incoming scholars about my area of expertise. On top of this, I would also like to partner with international organizations such as the IMF or the World Bank to help both developed and developing countries better understand why shadow economies occur and how they can implement good governance policies to reduce their size.

Chris Gahagan is a PhD student in the Department of Political Science at Florida State University. His research interests include the social and political determinants of shadow (informal) economic activity throughout the world. You can learn more about Chris here.

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