Diana Dakhlallah is a PhD candidate in Sociology at Stanford University. She works on the micro-dynamics of corruption in Morocco and on electoral politics in Lebanon. In her dissertation work on corruption she explores how corrupt interactions are structured and what the implications for their sustainability are. She focuses on the propagation of beliefs about corruption and informal modes of social sanctioning that citizens resort to in seeking effective retribution. She is in the process of designing a set of field and laboratory experiments that will test the effectiveness of positive, as opposed to negative, reinforcement in the provision of public goods by service providers in reducing corruption. In her work on electoral politics in Lebanon she is interested in the roles of kinship networks, the intellectual history and alliances of political parties, and the historical legacy of land contestation in structuring electoral outcomes.
She is currently supported by the Stanford Interdisciplinary Graduate Fellowship (SIGF). She holds a BA in Neuroscience and Behavior from Barnard College.