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Frances Cayton

Graduate Student

Frances Cayton

Educational Background

  • AM Harvard University - Regional Studies - Russia, Eastern Europe, and Central Asia
  • BA, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill - History and Political Science


Frances Cayton is a Ph.D. student in Cornell University’s Department of Government with a primary subfield concentration is Comparative Politics and a special minor in Methodology. Frances obtained her master’s degree from Harvard University in Russian, East European, and Central Asian studies in 2021, and her bachelor’s degree in History and Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2018. Her research has been supported by the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, the U.S. Department of Education, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


Civil society and protest politics, conspiracy theories, political behavior, democratization, post-communism, East-Central Europe, Eurasia, methodology  


  • Government