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My name is Alyssa Maraj Grahame.

I am a political scientist who teaches and researches in the area of political economy, broadly understood.

I am originally from Toronto, Canada, but have lived in the United States for a considerable amount of time. I am a dual citizen of both countries. I am also of West Indian descent.


My research program centers on the politics of “great transformations.”

I ask questions that engage the worldviews and activities of ordinary citizens in order to shed light on their interactions with processes of structural change. Western Europe is undergoing considerable upheavals and offer the opportunity to study major processes of political economic transformation from the ground up.


My research has received external support from the NSF, Fulbright, and Leifur Eiríksson Foundation. In 2014-2015, I was a visiting researcher at the University of Iceland. I received my Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto, where I double majored in political science and anthropology.


You can read my 2016 post about the Panama Papers in Iceland on the SPERI Comment blog [here].


Beyond my work, I enjoy spending time in nature and photographing northern landscapes. The photos used throughout this site are my own.