Emily has a deep interest in Latin American history and politics – particularly in Argentina. She did her Master’s degree in International Relations and Political Science in Prague, the Czech Republic. Her current DPhil thesis is entitled "Political Leadership and Democratization in Argentina: Raúl Alfonsín and Carlos Menem, 1983-1999". The project seeks to understand the role of political actors’ beliefs in the processes of democratization in Argentina, during a key period when this country seems to have moved away from long decades of political instability and dictatorship. The thesis will look at how ideas and beliefs are formed, shaped and developed by two key Argentine political leaders during the transition to democracy.