Kevin Aslett

I am a Political Science Ph.D. Candidate at the University of Washington and Graduate Student Chair of the Severyns-Ravenholt Seminar in Comparative Politics. My fields of study are comparative politics, political economy, and methodology. Prior to graduate school, I conducted research at the National Bank of Poland (NBP) in Warsaw on the consequences of the shock therapy economic transition in Poland. My current research focuses on the political economy of the Eurozone, the effect of foreign aid on democratic back-sliding, and political economic development in the post-Soviet space. I have recently published articles in the peer-reviewed journals Economies and International Trade, Politics, and Development.  My dissertation focuses on the effect of transportation infrastructure on private firm innovation in emerging economies. My research has been generously supported by the EU Center at the UW, Council for European Studies, U.S. Department of Education, and UW Polish Studies Endowment.

Outside of my academic commitments, I coach ice hockey for the Seattle Junior Hockey Association (SJHA). I also enjoy hiking, traveling, and hanging out with the dogs my friends have.