Hello and welcome!
My name is Alyssa Maraj Grahame. I am a visiting assistant professor of government at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine. I completed my PhD in political science at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2017. I am a political economist with complementary interests in democracy, contentious politics, and political thought.
I am working on a book project that investigates the politically charged—but often overlooked—question of how losses are distributed during and after financial crises. While “the distribution of loss” might appear to be a technical accounting problem, I argue that post-crisis accounting is actually a meaningful process of storytelling. I show how financial institutions, states, and ordinary citizens construct, contest, and comply with narratives that animate and justify post-crisis accounting. These narratives have long-range distributional consequences that continue to surface a full decade after the collapse of Lehman Brothers.
My research is guided by an ethnographic sensibility.
I have conducted field research in Iceland, the United Kingdom (Scotland), and Ireland. My regional expertise includes (but is not limited to) Europe and the Arctic.