Yakasah O Wehyee

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Political Science .
1414 SocSci

267 19th Ave S


I earned my BA in political science and history from Hamline University and my MA from the University of Minnesota. I am a current Ph.D. candidate at the University of Minnesota where I study topics that intersect the comparative politics and international relations subfields. My research interests include authoritization, authoritarian regime duribility and transition, as well as state building and civil conflicts. My curent research centers on understanding why dominant party dictatorships rise and fall, with an emphasis on Liberia’s dominant party regime, the True Whig Party (TWP).

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • B.A.: Political Science/History, Hamline University, St. Paul MN, 2014.
  • M.A.: Political Science, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, 2019.
Courses Taught
  • Contemporary Politics in Africa and the Colonial Legacy
Research & Professional Activities

Professional Activities

  • Board Member: I serve on the Board of Directors for Uniting Distant Stars (UDS) which is a non-profit organization founded in Minnesota with operations in Liberia. UDS links future leaders and global innovators to educational resources and vocational training to influence positive changes in the world. , 2019 - 2022
  • Board Member: I serve on the Advisory Board for the McVay Youth Partnership Program. McVay is an after school youth enrichment program that provides dynamic youth enrichment activities to underserved young people in the Greater St. Paul area. , 2017


  • Institute of Qualitative and Mixed-Methods Research: "The institute seeks to enable participants to create and critique methodologically sophisticated qualitative research designs, including case studies, tests of necessity or sufficiency, and narrative or interpretive work. It explores the techniques, uses, strengths, and limitations of these methods, while emphasizing their relationships with alternative approaches." , 6/17/2019 - 6/28/2019
  • Chicago Area Comparative and Historical Social Sciences Conferences: Attended and presented my working paper , 5/17/2019 - 5/17/2019
  • Wehyee, Y. (2015) Generational Responses to Job Security, Traditional Class Division, and the American Dream. Open Journal of Political Science, 5, 202-209. doi: 10.4236/ojps.2015.53021.
  • Gilder Lehrman History Scholar Award, 2014