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Jane Esberg

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Jane Esberg

Political Science


Jane is a PhD Candidate in Political Science. She is a Stanford Interdisciplinary Graduate Fellow and a former fellow at the Center for Ethics in Society. Her research has been supported by a Graduate Research Opportunities Award, the Freeman Spogli Institute, Stanford’s Center on International Security and Cooperation, the Stanford Center for International Conflict and Negotiation, and the Europe Center. She has a BA in International Relations with Honors in International Security Studies, also from Stanford.

Jane’s research asks how dictators’ need for popular support influences the practice of repression. To explore this she applies statistical, text, and qualitative analysis to original micro-data on political killings, detention, exile, and pop culture censorship during Chile’s dictatorship (1973-1989). Results demonstrate that repression can serve not just to eliminate opposition, but to appeal to supporters.