Jaclyn Davis is a Ph.D. candidate in comparative politics. Her work focuses on historical legacies, examining when and how multi-ethnic communities develop institutions to resolve conflicts. She is interested in the ways that past relationships and social contact across groups are connected to the present-day management of conflict and governance. For her doctoral dissertation, Ms. Davis has conducted fieldwork in the Philippines and utilizes archival and census data from the early 1900s to examine historical relationships across sectarian groups in the Philippines' southern region of Mindanao.
Prior to enrolling in graduate school, Ms. Davis researched community re-entry from incarceration in the United States, conducting interviews with men and women who were justice-involved. She continues this work using survey and administrative data on Rikers jail and New York City arrests to examine inequalities in the city's local justice system. She is currently an AC4 Fellow at Columbia University.