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Ellie Frazier

Ellie Frazier

Freie Universität Berlin

International Summer and Winter University



Ellie Frazier is a Ph.D. candidate in Politics at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Her research and teaching focus on comparative politics and legal studies, particularly critical perspectives on rule of law, state-building/democratization, and international development aid. Her current project focuses on the history of local legal assistance in South Africa and its influence on global access to justice movements. She received her dual MA in International Political Economy and Development/Economics from Fordham University where she also taught courses on international humanitarian aid and development work at Fordham’s Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs in New York City. Her work has been supported by grants from the National Science Foundation and the Fulbright Commission. She has previously worked in Rwanda and Sierra Leone with USAID, Open Society Foundations, and Freedom House’s Freedom in the World Index.

Current FUBiS courses:

University of California, Santa Cruz

Ph.D. Candidate, Politics

Chair: Mark Fathi Massoud

Fordham University, New York, NY

International Political Economy and Development, MA (2015)

Economics, MA (2015)

University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA

Anthropology, Art History, Studio Art, Graduation with Distinction (2009)

University of California, Santa Cruz

Graduate Teaching Assistant (2017- Present)

Graduate Pedagogy Fellow, Center for Innovations in Teaching and Learning

Milam-McGinty-Kaun Award for Excellence in Teaching, Social Sciences Division

Courses: Introduction to Legal Processes; Comparative Law; Law and the Politics of Memory; International Law; Global Politics; U.S. Constitutional Law; Civil Liberties; U.S. & the World Economy; Introduction to International Relations

Fordham University, New York, NY

Instructor, Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs (2015-16)

Courses: Introduction to International Humanitarian Action; Humanitarian Action & Politics of Global Health; International Humanitarian Studies Practicum Seminar

Institute of Legal Practice & Development, Nyanza, Rwanda

Program Manager/Lead Instructor for Professional English Language Training Project (ELT-JCS) for Supreme Court of Rwanda with USAID (2010-2012)

Policy Publications

“Sierra Leone Country Report 2020,” Freedom in the World 2020, Freedom House. (2020)

“Sierra Leone Country Report 2019,” Freedom in the World 2019, Freedom House. (2019)

“Sierra Leone Country Report 2018,” Freedom in the World 2018, Freedom House. (2018)

“A Baseline Assessment: The Luanda Guidelines and Sierra Leone’s Framework for Arrest, Police Custody and Pre-Trial Detention,” (with Simeon Koroma) Open Society Foundations. (2017)          

Working Papers

“Law, Development, and the Transnational Emergence of Community Paralegals in the Global South” (Presented at 2022 Law and Society Association International Annual Meeting, Lisbon)

“Adapting and Resisting: How Community Paralegals Turn Law into Action in Sierra Leone” (Presented at 2020 Law and Society Association Annual Meeting, Virtual)