Congratulations to Alexander Lindenfelser, recipient of the 2022 Randall Outstanding Undergraduate Research Award
Alexander Lindenfelser (BA/MA Political Science) has been awarded the 2022 Randall Outstanding Undergraduate Research award for his thesis research.
Alexander’s research focuses on how the intensity and duration of economic sanctions affect the ability for industrial workers to mobilize against authoritarian regimes. Using statistical analyses of large-scale protest campaigns, Alexander finds that while industrial workers are more likely to succeed in their demands, economic sanctions do not help (or hinder) this process, contrary to common arguments by policymakers and academics.
Dr. Amanda B. Edgell served as Alexander’s thesis advisor, with Dr. Seungbin Park and Dr. Sara-Maria Sorentino as committee members.
Alexander will begin a J.D. program at the University of Minnesota in Fall 2022, where he will specialize in labor and employee rights law with the Human Rights Center. He hopes to work internationally supporting and learning from labor unions before returning to the U.S. to work as a litigator for labor unions and employees.
Alexander has received a full-tuition Academic Excellence scholarship from the University of Minnesota and was named a Robina Scholar, a prestigious scholarship given to just 12 applicants per year that provides guaranteed funding for unpaid summer externships in the public interest field, public interest advising, and special consideration for a competitive fellowship following graduation.