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. Additionally, he has published his work in Cambridge Review of International Affairs and has several manuscripts under review. 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.