||Danielle Carter is a native of Baltimore, Maryland, USA. She graduated from Goucher College in 2003 with a B.A. in International Relations. She then worked for Sheladia Associates, an international development firm, before pursuing a Ph.D. in Political Science. Her current fields of study are Comparative Politics (major field) and Public Policy (minor field). Danielle’s substantive interests include state-society relations, political culture, political identity and African politics.
Danielle's dissertation research focuses on the issue of state legitimacy in contemporary South Africa. In particular, she examines how individual reliance on private vs. state security shapes perceptions of the legitimacy of the state. Danielle is currently conducting her fieldwork in South Africa and expects to complete her Ph.D. in 2012.