Research Proposal: A Brief History, and the Future of, Populist Social Movements in Spain

My research proposal outlines the development of Spanish civil society post-democratization and analyzes how grassroots actors were incorporated into Podemos' political base, asking: "how have the grassroots actors involved in the 15-M movement continued to shape Podemos’ successes and failures?"

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Mira Kudva Driskell (she/they)

Student, Cornell University

Hello! My name is Mira, and I’m currently a sophomore in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences studying International Agriculture and Rural Development, with minors in Latin American Studies and Urban and Regional Studies. In the past, my research focuses have included ecology in the Nilgiris biosphere, plant pathology, indigenous citizenship regimes, landscape design, the politics of resource extraction, with other areas of interest including indigenous ways of knowing, anti-racist citizen science, and climate justice. Through Laidlaw, I hope to investigate on the conflicts and interactions between grassroots organizers and political parties in Spain, with a particular focus on populist discourse at the national level and Participatory Action Research (PAR) at the communal level. In my free time, I enjoy farming, hiking, and cooking with friends (over Zoom for the time being!).