William Decourt is a first year Ph.D. student. His research interests focus on the entrenchment of governance structures in sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East. He comes to Bloomington having spent two years in D.C. working at the State Department’s Foreign Service Institute, Albright Stonebridge
Group, and the Center for Strategic and International Studies. A Saint Paul native, he graduated from Carleton College with majors in political science and music and a minor in Middle East studies. He is a French heritage speaker and studied Arabic in Morocco. In his spare time, he plays violin, composes and listens to music, and plays and watches soccer.