Paul Silva is a Ph.D. student in political science at the University of Pennsylvania. His primary and secondary fields of study are International Relations and Comparative Politics, respectively. His research focuses on International Relations theory, economic sanctions, United Nations General Assembly Voting patterns, democratization, and the EU as an actor in international politics. Prior to coming to Penn, Paul earned the annual Foreign Language Area Studies (FLAS) studies from 2018-2020 at the University of Florida. In the summer of 2018, he secured a $5,000 research award to conduct interview research while holding a position as a NATO Parliamentary Summer Research Assistant. He has conducted research through the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Junior Fellows Program, and University Scholars Program at the University of Florida. In May 2020, Paul graduated summa cum laude from the University of Florida, earning a B.A. in Political Science, two minors in European Union Studies and Portuguese, and a certificate in International Relations. Since then, he has published his work in the Cambridge Review of International Affairs and Mediterranean Politics, and has other manuscripts under review. He participated in ICPSR in the summer of 2020 and served as the instructor of record for Introduction to International Relations as part of Penn’s Summer Prep Program.