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Below is an alphabetical list of Yale Ph.D. students and recent graduates currently on the job market. Please feel free to contact them, their advisors, or the DGS for additional information.  Please click here to submit your information.

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Paul Linden-Retek, PhD expected May 2018 (Political Theory, Comparative Politics, Public International Law, Human Rights) | Website | Yale.Academia

Dissertation: The Time Of Law: Europe’s Crisis And The Future Of Post-national Constitutionalism (Advisors List: Seyla Benhabib, Bruce Ackerman, Helene Landemore, and Paul W. Kahn)

I am a Robina Foundation Visiting Human Rights Fellow at Yale Law School and a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Political Science, Yale University, where my research focuses on contemporary critical theory, the political philosophy of the nation-state and European integration, cosmopolitan constitutional theory, international refugee and asylum law, and law and the humanities.

My dissertation develops a theory of post-national constitutional law, sovereignty, and solidarity that draws on conceptions of identity and time from across Anglo-American legal theory, continental political and social thought, and European jurisprudence. My work has been published in Global Constitutionalism (2015), the Croatian Yearbook of European Law and Policy (2012), and the Yale Journal of International Law (2010).

At Yale College, I have taught on the politics and theory of human rights, political philosophy, the moral foundations of politics, law and globalization, and public international law. In 2014, I helped found the Multidisciplinary Academic Program in Human Rights at Yale, where I now advise participating students and each fall co-teach an advanced human rights seminar.

I received my JD in 2012 from Yale Law School, where I was awarded the Jerome Sayles Hess Fund Prize for excellence in the field of international law and served as student director of the Allard K. Lowenstein International Human Rights Clinic. I have worked previously as a legal adviser in the Human Rights Section, Office of the Government of the Czech Republic; the Legal Unit, International Civilian Office/EU Special Representative, Kosovo; and the EU Department, Ministry of the Environment of the Czech Republic.

Daniel Masterson, PhD expected May 2018 (Comparative Politics, International Relations, Political Violence, Middle East Politics) | Website

Dissertation: Refugee Networks and Cooperation (Advisors List: Elisabeth Wood (chair), Peter Aronow, Ellen Lust)

I conduct research on refugee crises, humanitarian aid, and social networks.

My book project studies cooperation and public-goods problems in refugee communities, focusing on how networks among Syrian refugees shape responses to public-goods problems. The project draws on more than two years of fieldwork in Lebanon, including research trips to Jordan and Iraq. In partnership with the World Bank, I designed and implemented a social-network field experiment studying the effect of being in a dense social group on cooperation.

In another part of my research agenda, I study the relationship between humanitarian aid and violent conflict. I have conducted research on humanitarian programming in the Syria response in partnership with the UN Refugee Agency and International Rescue Committee.

William Nomikos, PhD expected May 2018 (International Relations) | Website

Dissertation: Local Peace, International Builders: Localized Peace Enforcement after Conflict (Advisors List: Nicholas Sambanis (chair), Alexandre Debs, Kate Baldwin)

I am a Doctoral Candidate in Political Science at Yale University, specializing in International Relations.

My research focuses on the how states and international organizations peace-build after intrastate conflicts, particularly in Mali, where I’ve conducted fieldwork. I’ve written on how democracies conduct foreign policy, specifically as relating to international intervention. I am also interested in the mechanics of causal inference and research design, particularly nonparametric methods for inference. My other interests include international development, dynamics of conflict, African politics, and IR theory.

My work has been published in the Journal of Politics and International Security. My research has been funded by the Folke Bernadotte Academy, the MacMillan Center for International Studies, the Institution for Social and Policy Studies (ISPS), the Woodrow Wilson Center, the Leitner Program in International and Comparative Political Economy, the American Political Science Association, and the International Studies Association.

Jerome Schafer, PhD expected May 2018 (Political Behavior, Political Economy, American Politics, Comparative Politics) | Website

Dissertation: Self-Control in Political Behavior (Advisors List: Alan Gerber, Gregory Huber, Nicholas Barberis)

l study political behavior and political economy from a U.S. and comparative perspective. I am particularly interested in the psychological foundations of political preferences. In my dissertation, I focus on the role of self-control in political behavior.

My current research agenda investigates a) the psychological origins of interpersonal differences in time preferences, b) situational triggers for self-control problems, and c) their consequences for outcomes such as political participation and support for public investment. The goal is to study how policy interventions may encourage citizens to make more patient political decisions.