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Past Fellows

Robert Dahl

USAID/DCHA/DRG | Elections and Political Transitions Team
Washington, DC | November 2011 – October 2013

Robert Dahl served as a Democracy Fellow in the Elections and Political Transitions Team (EPT).  The primary focus of his fellowship was on constitutional design in post-conflict and post-authoritarian countries. 

Robert has extensive experience as a practitioner in political law and as a consultant to democratic development programs throughout the world. He served as Executive Assistant to a member of the U.S. Federal Election Commission from 1985 to 1991, and practiced law in the U.S. in the areas of political finance regulation, officeholder ethics rules, and general election law.

For 20 years, Robert has also been a legal policy advisor to democratization projects in numerous countries in Central Europe and the former Soviet Union, and in Central, South and Southeast Asia (particularly Indonesia). His consulting work has been primarily in the areas of election complaint adjudication and dispute resolution, political finance regulation and transparency, electoral systems, constitutional design, and electoral law reform.

Robert Dahl received a J.D. from the University of Chicago and a M.A. in political science from the University of Maryland.


Joshua Haynes

USAID/DCHA/DRG | Civil Society and Media Team
Washington, DC | September 2011 – November 2012

Joshua Haynes served as a development technologist with the Civil Society and Media Team (CSM) with a specific focus on democracy and internet-related initiatives. Most recently, Joshua was a development technologist at DAI, working on ICT-related projects in Jamaica, Belize, Haiti, Tunisia, and Libya in the areas of stability, democracy, and mobile financial services. Joshua has also been involved in technology implementation projects across Europe, as well as international development-focused ICTs projects in Africa, Central America, the Caribbean, and South Asia, focusing on the areas of banking, tax, agriculture, literacy, election monitoring, microfinance, community-based savings, community development, applications for development, and the mobile gender gap. Prior to joining the Democracy Fellows Program, Joshua also previously worked in the private sector in software consulting and was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Morocco.  He speaks a number of languages including Arabic, French, and Spanish.

Joshua Haynes received a M.A. in International Business from The Fletcher School, Tufts University.


Heather LaRue McGee

USAID/DCHA/DRG | Learning Team
Washington, DC | January 2012 – February 2013

Heather LaRue McGee served as an Impact Evaluation Advisor in the Learning Team (LT).   Her key tasks were to contribute to the design of impact evaluations of selected USAID DRG projects throughout the developing world and to assist the DRG Center in analyzing and applying evaluation results to enable evidence based programming. Heather also worked to establish the DRG Center as a learning organization and to create communities of practice of USAID DRG experts in Washington and field missions. 

Heather’s research interests include the evaluation of NGO work related to natural resource governance and conflict resolution, as well as the assessment of community-based resource management initiatives. In addition to nine months of field research in Kyrgyzstan, Heather has studied and worked in Russia and Ukraine, and speaks Russian.

Heather LaRue McGee received a joint Ph.D. in Political Science and Public Policy from the University of Michigan. She also received a M.A. in Russian and East European Studies from the University of Michigan and a B.A. in International Relations and Russian Studies from Johns Hopkins University.


Eric Mvukiyehe

USAID/DCHA/DRG | Learning Team
Washington, DC | August 2012 – February 2013

Eric Mvukiyehe served as an Impact Evaluation Advisor in the Learning Team (LT). As a Democracy Fellow, he contributed to the success of USAID’s DRG learning agenda and efforts by participating in and supporting the design and implementation of rigorous impact evaluations of identified DRG projects.

Eric Mvukiyehe is a Ph.D. candidate in political science at Columbia University. His research focuses on peace building and democratization in countries emerging from civil war. His dissertation investigates how international interventions interact with local settings in which they are carried out to shape postwar outcomes and uses experimental and non-experimental empirical data to adjudicate among competing theoretical claims.

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