Publications

Working Papers

“Social Assistance in Tanzania: The International and National Drivers of Cash Transfer Expansion,” In circulation.

“Unintended Consequences: The Impact of Non-State Versus State Provision of Social Cash Transfers on Citizenship in Kenya,” In circulation.

(With Emily Scott), “Contestation and Counterstories: Bringing Identity Theories into Studies of Norm Diffusion,” In circulation.

“The Politics of Implementing Social Protection: Country Report on Kenya,” In Preparation for ESID.

“Proxy Interviewing in Political Science Research: Reflections on Positionality and Metadata Collection,” In Preparation.

(With Lauren Maclean), “Showing Appreciation: The Ethics of Compensation in Field Research,” In Preparation.

Peer-Reviewed

Davidson, Adrienne, Matthew Lesch, Maxime Héroux-Legault, Tanya White, Alesha Porisky, Karol Czuba and Zain Asaf. (2017). “Advancing the Study of Political Cleavages through Experimentation: Revisiting Regionalism and Redistributive Preferences in Canada.” Regional & Federal Studies, 27(2).

Olive, Andrea and Alesha Porisky. (Forthcoming). “Immigrant Attitudes Towards the Environment in Canada: It is a Party, not a Culture.” In Critical Immigration in Canada, eds. Mojgan Rahbari-Jawoko and Leslie Nichols. University of Alberta Press. Edmonton, Canada.

Policy Reports

Porisky, Alesha. (Forthcoming). “The Impacts of the Community-Based Conditional Cash Transfers on Citizens’ Engagement with the State: Evidence from the Mara Region.” ESRF Policy Briefs. Economic and Social Research Foundation: Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

Porisky, Alesha and Erin Hall. (2015). Cities and Sustainable Infrastructure: GCI Policy Snapshot No.3. Global Cities Institute: Toronto, Canada.

Select Conference Papers

Porisky, Alesha, Tahira Shariff Mohammed and Patrick Mutinda. “The Politics of Social Protection in Kenya: State Capacity, Political Competition and the Implementation of the Universal Pension in Marsabit County,” Paper to be presented at the 2019 Development Studies Association Conference. Milton Keynes, UK

Porisky, Alesha. (2019, March) “From Program to Policy: The Localization of Cash Transfer Programs in Tanzania,” Paper presented at the 2019 International Studies Association Annual Conference. Toronto, Canada.

Porisky, Alesha (2018, December). “Social Protection in Tanzania: Impacts, Influences and International Pressures,” Paper to be presented at the 2018 African Studies Association Annual Meeting. Atlanta, USA.

Porisky, Alesha. (2017, September). “The Impacts of State versus Non-State Cash Transfers on Citizenship in Kenya,” Paper presented at the 2017 American Political Science Association  Annual Convention. San Francisco, USA.

Porisky, Alesha. (2016, October). “Natural experiments in Political Science: Using African Borders to Control for Temporality.” Paper presented at the 2016 British Institute in Eastern Africa Annual  PhD Conference. Nairobi, Kenya.

Porisky, Alesha. (2016, September). The Rise of Social Protection in Tanzania: Impacts, Influences and International Pressures. Paper presented at the 2016 American Political Science Association Annual Convention. Philadelphia, USA.

Porisky, Alesha. (2016, April). The Rise of Social Protection in Sub-Saharan Africa: The Diffusion of Ideas and Norms Through International Organizations. Paper presented at the 2016 Midwest Political Science Association Annual Convention. Chicago, USA.

Porisky, Alesha and Emily Scott. (2015, February). Contestation and Counterstories: Bringing Identity Theories Into Studies of Norm Diffusion. Paper presented at the 2015 International Studies Association Annual Convention.  New Orleans, USA.

Olive, Andrea and Alesha Porisky. (2014, May). Does the Existence of Policy Matter? Resident Attitudes toward Species at Risk in Toronto and Vancouver. Paper presented at the 2014 Canadian Political Science Association Conference. St. Catherine’s, Canada.

Davidson, Adrienne, Matthew Lesch, Maxime Héroux-Legault, Tanya White, Alesha Porisky, Karol Czuba and Zain Asaf. (2014, May). Investigating Affinity in the Canadian Federation. Paper presented at the 2014 Canadian Political Science   Association Conference. St. Catherine’s, Canada.

Olive, Andrea and Alesha Porisky. (2014, April). Urban and Immigrant Attitudes Toward Nature: Vancouver and Toronto in  Perspective. Paper presented at the 2014 Midwest Political Science Association Conference. Chicago, USA.

Porisky, Alesha. (2014, March). New Dynamics of Political Power and Social Change: An Examination of Brazil’s Social  Democratic Project. Paper presented at the 2014 International Studies Association Annual Convention. Toronto, Canada.

Porisky, Alesha. (2012, September). Transforming Policy Towards the Roma Population in the European Periphery: An  Examination of the Effectiveness of a Conditional Cash Transfer Program on Improving Health, Education and Employment Outcomes of Roma Youth in Serbia.  Paper presented at the 18th Conference on Alternative Economic Policy in Europe, Poznan, Poland.

Porisky, Alesha (2012, October). New Dynamics of Political, Social and Economic Change: The Role of Structure and Agency in the Creation of Social Democratic Project in Brazil. Paper presented at the 2012 International Studies Association South Conference, Atlanta, Georgia.

Porisky, Alesha (2012, December). Influencing the Rise of Social Protection in Developing Countries: The Impact of Rights- Based Approaches to Development.  Paper presented at the 2012 International Development Conference: Integrating Research, Policy and Practice. Auckland, New Zealand.

Porisky, Alesha (2012, December). Social Protection for the Poor in Developing Countries: An Examination of the Feasibility of a Conditional Cash Transfer Program in Haiti. Paper presented at the 2012 International Development Conference: Integrating Research, Policy and Practice. Auckland, New Zealand.