Graduate Placements

The graduates listed on these pages have moved on from Yale University to positions in academia, government service and politics.

If you’re a Graduate from the Political Science Program at Yale University and would like to let us know what you are doing, please fill out our Graduate Placement Listing form.


PhD award 2020-2021

 

Anna Feuer
Deep Springs College

PhD Awarded: 2020-2021

Current Position:
Julian Steward Chair of Social Science

Dissertation:  The Frictionless Battlefield: Nature and Technology in Counterinsurgency Wars

Matthew H. Graham
George Washington University

Contact Information:
matthew.graham@yale.edu

Personal Website:
https://m-graham.com

PhD Awarded: 2020-2021

Current Position:
Postdoctoral Research Scientist

Dissertation:  Mismeasuring Misperceptions: How Surveys Distort the Nature of Partisan Belief Differences

Nate Grubman
Stanford University Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law

Contact Information:
ngrubman@stanford.edu

Personal Website:
https://nategrubman.com

PhD Awarded: 2020-2021

 

Current Position:
Postdoctoral Scholar

Bio:
My research focuses on party systems, ideology, nostalgia, and corruption during transitions from authoritarian rule. I am currently working on a book project that explores the question of why Tunisia’s party system after the 2010-11 uprising has revolved more around a conflict between competing national and religious identities than around competing policy orientations toward economic problems. My research uses multiple methods, including elite interviews, archival research, survey experiments, and analysis of Arabic text-as-data.

Dissertation: Party Systems and Social Cleavages in New Democracies: Skipping Class in Postuprising Tunisia

Melis G. Laebens
Nuffield College, University of Oxford

Contact Information:
melis.laebens@nuffield.ox.ac.uk

PhD Awarded: 2020-2021

 

Current Position: 
Postdoctoral Prize research Fellow in Politics

Bio:
I am currently Postdoctoral Prize Research Fellow at Nuffield College, University of Oxford. I earned by PhD degree in December 2020. During the 2018-2019 academic year I was a Fox Fellow in the Freie Universitat in Berlin. in Prior to my PhD studies at Yale, I earned my BA degrees in Economics and in Political Science and International Relations in Bogazici University, in Istanbul.

I study democratic backsliding and in particular incumbent takeover attempts worldwide since 1990. My work focuses on the role of ruling parties and the power of the leader to use their parties to generate both mass and elite support for their political project. I study countries in different geographic areas, focusing on Turkey, Ecuador and Poland.

As Prize Fellow, I am an independent researcher, and am expected to be an active member of the research community in Nuffield College and as well as the department of Political Science and International Relations. In addition to my research work,  I also have some teaching and mentoring duties.

Dissertation: Incumbents Against Democracy: Leaders, Ruling Parties and Gradual Executive Takeover

PhD award 2019-2020

 

Tommaso Bardelli
New York University
Department of Social and Cultural Analysis

PhD Awarded: 2019-2020

 

Current Position:
Postdoctoral College Fellow

Bio:
Postdoctoral fellow at NYU Department for Social and Cultural Analysis, and the Prison Education Program (PEP). I will be teaching two seminars per year, one of which will take place at Wallkill Correctional Facility, for incarcerated students seeking Associate of Arts Degree.

Dissertation: Hidden Labors: Households, Markets, and State Power in an American City

Jonathon Baron
Facebook

PhD Awarded: 2019-2020

 

Current Position:
Research Scientist at Facebook Demography & Survey Science

Bio:
Jonathon is a Research Scientist at Facebook Demography & Survey Science. His academic research focuses on public opinion and nuclear policy, with an emphasis on how public attitudes toward nuclear weapons influence attitudes toward nuclear energy.

Matthew Douglas Cebul
University of Michigan
Weiser Center for Emerging Democracies

Contact Information:
mcebul@umich.edu

Personal Websites:
https://www.matthewcebul.com/

PhD Awarded: 2019-2020
 

Current Position:
Postdoctoral Fellow

Bio:
Matthew Cebul is a post-doctoral Fellow at the University of Michigan’s Weiser Center for Emerging Democracies, and a 2019-2020 Peace Scholar at the United States Institute of Peace. He earned his PhD in Political Science from Yale University in December 2019. Matthew’s research agenda is located at the intersection of international security, democratization, and U.S. foreign policy, with a regional focus on the Middle East. His ongoing book project explores the international dimensions of popular uprisings against repressive authoritarian regimes.

Dissertation:  Repression and Rebellion in the Shadow of Foreign Intervention

Carmen Lea Dege
Polonsky Academy for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences

Contact Information:
carmend@vanleer.org.il

Personal Website:
https://www.carmendege.com/

PhD Awarded: 2019-2020

Current Position:
Polonsky Postdoctoral Fellow at the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute

Bio:
Carmen is a political theorist working at the intersection of democratic theory, genealogies of secularism and religion, and critical theory. She is particularly interested in Max Weber’s diagnosis of modernity and how it relates to the history of populism, identity politics, and the (re)turn to myth since the inter-war period. At the Polonsky Academy, she pursues a postdoctoral project which investigates the role of metaphysics in contemporary political thought around questions of the anthropocene and the crisis of liberal democracy.

Dissertation: The Ethos of Non-Indifference: Max Weber’s Challenge and Karl Jaspers’s Response

Maximilian Krahé
Académie royale de Belgique
L’Histoire

Contact Information:
maximilian.krahe@academieroyale.be

PhD Awarded: 2019-2020

Current Position: Chaire SFPI

Bio:
Maximilian received his PhD in political theory from Yale in December 2019. From 2019 to 2021, he holds the Chaire SFPI (a postdoc position) at the Royal Academy of Belgium. His research focuses on the relationship between democracy and capitalism, particularly in the second half of the 20th century and in the US, UK, France and Germany.

Currently in a two year postdoc, involving research (both the continuation of my dissertation research project and the start of a new project looking at sovereign wealth funds and sustainable development) and lecturing (giving a cycle of four public lectures in the spring of 2020, and most likely again in the spring of 2021).

Dissertation: Another Romanticism: Rethinking Social Criticism from Rousseau to Tolstoy

Interests:

  • Capitalism
  • democracy
  • sovereign wealth funds
  • marxism

Dissertation: The Modern Predicament: Capitalism, Democracy, and the Extended Division of Labour

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Itumeleng Makgetla
Yale University

PhD Awarded: 2019-2020
 

Current Position:
Postdoctoral Associate and Lecturer

Dissertation:  Eye on the Wrong Prize: When Intraparty Competition Weakens Electoral Accountability

Paul Merklinger
The United States Military Academy at West Point

Contact Information:
paul.merklinger@westpoint.edu

PhD Awarded: 2019-2020
 

Current Position: 
Assistant Professor

Bio:
Paul Merklinger is an Assistant Professor of American Politics in the Department of Social Sciences at the United States Military Academy at West Point. His research focuses on civilian military relations and the political implications of public attitudes towards the military.

Dissertation:  Concrete Confidence: Assessing the Durability, Factual Foundations, and Political Implications of Military-Grade Trust

Stephen Moncrief
Tufts University

Personal Website:
https://www.stephenmoncrief.com/

PhD Awarded: 2019-2020
 

Current Position: 
Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for Strategic Studies, Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy

Bio:
I am a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Center for Strategic Studies at Tufts University’s Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy. I hold a PhD in Political Science from Yale University, where I graduated with University and Departmental Distinction. My doctoral dissertation examined changes in the nature of UN peacekeeping since the end of the Cold War, and won the James G. March Prize for an Outstanding Dissertation in Political Science. Please see my website for more information about my publications and ongoing research.

Dissertation:  The Long Commitment: UN Peacekeeping, Statebuilding, and Security Sector Reform

Gautam Nair
Harvard Kennedy School of Government

PhD Awarded: 2019-2020
 

Current Position: 
Assistant Professor of Public Policy

Bio:
Gautam Nair is an Assistant Professor of Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, where he is a faculty affiliate of the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation and the Center for International Development. His research focuses on the politics of inequality and redistribution. It seeks to understand the conditions under which democratic competition revolves around broad-based public investments and social transfers rather than politically targeted private goods. He is especially interested in the role that business plays in this process and studies these issues in South Asia in comparative perspective.

Molly Offer-Westort
University of Chicago (after Stanford University postdoc)
Political Science Department

Personal Website:
https://mollyow.github.io/

PhD Awarded: 2019-2020

Current Position:
Postdoctoral Fellow

Bio:
From 2019-2021, Molly Offer-Westort will be at the Stanford Graduate School of Business as a post doctoral fellow in Susan Athey’s Golub Capital Social Impact Lab. In July of 2021, she will join the Department of Political Science at The University of Chicago as an Assistant Professor. Her work is on quantitative methodology for social science research, with a focus on causal inference and experimental design. Her PhD is joint in Political Science and Statistics & Data Science; she also has a Masters in Statistics from Yale, and a Masters in Public Affairs from the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs.

Dissertation: Essays in Robust Political Methodology

Tiago Peterlevitz
Yale University, Department of Political Science

Personal Website:
https://www.tiagopeterlevitz.com

PhD Awarded: 2019-2020
 

Current Position: 
Mars Brothers Postdoctoral Associate and Lecturer

Bio:
Tiago Peterlevitz is the Mars Brothers Postdoctoral Associate in Business Ethics in the Program on Ethics, Politics, and Economics and a Lecturer in the Department of Political Science at Yale University. Previously, he was a lecturer in the Department of Political Science at Southern Connecticut State University. He studies clientelism, the political economy of development, and business and government relations, with a regional focus on Latin America. He received a PhD in Political Science from Yale in addition to an MA in Political Science from the University of São Paulo.

Dissertation:  Opportunistic Politicians and Clientelism: Explaining Patronage Jobs and Vote Buying in Brazil

Kyle Peyton
The Justice Collaboratory, Yale Law School
Yale University

Personal Website:
http://kyle-peyton.com/

PhD Awarded: 2019-2020

Current Position:
Postdoctoral Fellow in Law and Social Science

Dissertation: Experiments on Legitimacy and Intergroup Relations: Policing, Trust, and Prejudice in the United States

Lauren Pinson
University of Pennsylvania

Personal Website:
https://www.lpinson.com/

PhD Awarded: 2019-2020

Current Position:
Post-doctoral Fellow, Perry World House

Bio:
Lauren Pinson is a post-doctoral fellow at University of Pennsylvania’s Perry World House, working with Beth Simmons’s Borders and Boundaries in World Politics group. Her broader work focuses on the politics of cross-border issues including illicit trafficking, counter trafficking aid, border security, and migration. Pinson has been a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow, an ISPS Graduate Policy Fellow, and a PEO Scholar. She has published collaborative projects in journals including Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (USA) and Political Analysis. She earned her BA in International Affairs and MPA at the University of Georgia.

Dissertation:  Blood or Money: Why States Allow Illicit Economies

Naomi Scheinerman
University of Pennsylvania, Medical Ethics and Health Policy

Contact Information:
naomi.scheinerman@pennmedicine.upenn.edu

PhD Awarded: 2019-2020
 

Current Position:
Postdoctoral Fellow in Fellow in Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications of Genetics and Genomics

Bio:
Naomi Scheinerman is a political theorist, whose research primarily concerns inclusive institutional decision-making in matters of science, technology, and medicine.

In her dissertation and current book project, she endorses using randomly selected bodies of lay individuals as promising institutional avenues for democratic participation in regulating new and emerging biotechnologies, particularly gene editing
tools, as well as artificial intelligence applications and algorithmic designs.

Currently a postdoc in the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania, her work lies at the intersection of science, democratic thought, expertise, trust, ethics, and law. Prior to joining the department at Penn, she was also an AI Initiative Joint Fellow-in-Residence at Harvard University’s Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics and the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society. Naomi also worked as a research assistant at The Hastings Center and received her BA in philosophy and political science at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

Dissertation: Regulating the Revolution: Democratic Theory and Emerging Technologies

Matthew Shafer
University of Pennsylvania

Contact Information:
mshafer@sas.upenn.edu

Personal Website:
https://shafer.info

PhD Awarded: 2019-2020
 

Current Position:
Postdoctoral Fellow

Bio:
My current research examines the politics of language and the language of politics in contemporary technological capitalism. My work brings together substantive interests in intellectual history (focusing especially on debates about violence and nonviolence) with methodological interests in the critical theory traditions (particularly Marxism, feminist and queer thought, and, increasingly, science and technology studies).

Dissertation:  What Violence Was: On the Limits of a Political Concept

Louis M Wasser
Department of Political Science
Yale University

Contact Information:
louis.wasser@yale.edu

PhD Awarded: 2019-2020

Current Position:
Research Affiliate

Bio:
Louis held two appointments at Yale in 2019-20, Postdoctoral Associate at the MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies and Lecturer in the Department of Political Science, and he is currently a Research Affiliate in the latter. He received his PhD from Yale in December 2019, with his three-paper dissertation focusing on the origins and consequences of variation in opposition strategies. Studying this issue required constructing two large-N datasets of opposition strategies: one for separatist movements and a second for anti-regime campaigns. The secessionist dataset is presented in a co-authored paper published in 2019 in the Journal of Conflict Resolution. Louis was a Minerva-USIP Peace and Security Scholar in 2018-19, and his work has also been supported financially by the MacMillan Center. Before graduate school, he worked as a Cairo-based journalist, and his writing has appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle and the Financial Times, among other places.

Dissertation:   Anti-Regime and Separatist Opposition Strategies: Institutional and Extra-Institutional, Violent and Nonviolent

Baobao Zhang
Syracuse University, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs (after Postdoc, Cornell Society of Fellows)

Contact Information:
baobaozhangresearch@gmail.com

Personal Website:
https://baobaofzhang.github.io/

PhD Awarded: 2019-2020
 

Current Position:
Assistant Professor

Bio:
I am a Klarman Postdoctoral Fellow in the Cornell Society of Fellows. At Cornell, I am based in the Department of Government; I have a secondary affiliation with the Department of Information Science. In Fall 2021, I will start as an assistant professor of Political Science at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. I am also a research affiliate with the Centre for the Governance of AI at the University of Oxford.

My current research focuses on trust in digital technology and the governance of artificial intelligence (AI). I study (1) public and elite opinion toward AI, (2) how the American welfare state could adapt to the increasing automation of labor, and (3)
attitudes toward Covid-19 surveillance technology. My previous research covered a wide range of topics, including the politics of the U.S. welfare state, attitudes towards climate change, and survey methodology.

I graduated with a PhD in political science (2020) and an MA in statistics (2015) from Yale University. In 2019-2020, I worked as a postdoctoral fellow in MIT’s Political Science Department and a fellow at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at
Harvard University.

Dissertation: Three Essays on the Politics of U.S. Social Programs

Video: 2019-12-12 - Center for Technology Innovation at Brookings - “Lessons of history, law, and public opinion for AI development.”

PhD award 2018-2019

 

Consuelo Amat
Stanford University

Contact Information:
amat@stanford.edu
720-771-0422

Personal Website:
https://consueloamat.com/

PhD Awarded: 2018-2019

Current Position:
Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Bio:
Consuelo Amat is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society (PACS) at Stanford University and a Senior Research Scholar at the United States Institute of Peace (USIP). Her research interests include state repression, armed and unarmed resistance, political violence, and the development of civil society in authoritarian regimes, with a focus on Latin America. Consuelo also studies and teaches quantitative and qualitative methods. Consuelo received her Ph.D. in Political Science with distinction from Yale University. She also holds an M.A. in Conflict Resolution from Georgetown University. During the 2017-2018 academic year Consuelo was a United States Institute of Peace Jennings Randolph Peace Scholar. Before starting graduate school she worked at the Brookings Institution, the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict, Peace Action West, and Human Rights Watch.

Dissertation:  The Emergence and Consolidation of Opposition to Authoritarian Rule

John Dearborn
Yale University
Department of Political Science

Contact Information:
john.dearborn@yale.edu

Personal Website:
https://campuspress.yale.edu/johndearborn/

PhD Awarded: 2018-2019

Current Position:
Postdoctoral Associate

Bio:
John A. Dearborn is a Postdoctoral Associate and Lecturer at Yale University, holding appointments in the Center for the Study of Representative Institutions at the MacMillan Center, the Policy Lab at the Institution for Social and Policy Studies, and the Department of Political Science. He received his PhD from Yale in 2019. His research areas include the Presidency, Congress, American Political Development, and American Political Thought. His dissertation received the 2020 E.E. Schattschneider Award for best dissertation in American government from the American Political Science Association and the George C. Edwards III Award for best dissertation in executive politics from APSA’s Presidents and Executive Politics section. He is the author of two forthcoming books, Power Shifts: Congress and Presidential Representation and Phantoms of a Beleaguered Republic: The Deep State and the Unitary Executive (with Stephen Skowronek and Desmond King).

Dissertation: The Representative Presidency: The Ideational Foundations of Institutional Development and Durability

Nikhar Gaikwad
Columbia University
Department of Political Science

Contact Information:
Department of Political Science, Columbia University
420 W 118 St, Mail Code 3320
New York, NY 10027

Personal Website:
http://www.nikhargaikwad.com

PhD Awarded: 2018-2019

Current Position:
Assistant Professor

Bio:
Nikhar Gaikwad is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science and a Member of the Committee on Global Thought at Columbia University. He specializes in international and comparative political economy, with a focus on the politics of economic policymaking, business-state relations, and identity. Substantively, he works on trade, migration, and environmental policymaking. He has a regional specialization in India, which he studies in comparative perspective with other democratic emerging economies. Prior to joining Columbia University, he was a Fellow at the Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance at Princeton University.

Dissertation:  Identity Politics and Economic Policy

Amy Gais
Washington University in St. Louis

Contact Information:
amy.gais@wustl.edu

Personal Website:
https://amygais.com/

PhD Awarded: 2018-2019

Current Position:
Lecturer

Bio:
Dr. Amy Gais is a political theorist specializing in the history of political thought and religion and politics with a thematic focus on political freedom and religious toleration. She is a Lecturer in the Department of Political Science and the Interdisciplinary Project in the Humanities at Washington University in St. Louis. Previously, Dr. Gais was a Modeling Interdisciplinary Inquiry Postdoctoral Fellow at the Interdisciplinary Project in the Humanities at WUSTL. Dr. Gais received her Ph.D. in Political Science with Distinction from Yale University, where she was the recipient of the Robert C. Wood Prize. She is currently finishing a book manuscript, Bound by Belief: Rethinking Liberty of Conscience in Early Modern Political Thought, on liberty of conscience and early modern toleration. Her work has been published by Political Theory and Review of Politics, and funded by the Andrew J. Mellon Foundation and the Beinecke Rare Books & Manuscripts Library.

Dissertation:  Bound by Belief: Rethinking Liberty of Conscience in Early Modern Political Thought

Lisa Gilson
Social Studies
Harvard University

Contact Information:
lisa.r.gilson@gmail.com

Personal Website:
http://campuspress.yale.edu/lisagilson/

PhD Awarded: 2018-2019

Current Position:
Postdoctoral College Fellow in Social Studies at Harvard University

Bio:
Lisa Gilson is a political theorist who received her PhD with distinction from Yale University in May 2019. She will be a Postdoctoral College Fellow in Social Studies at Harvard University beginning in Fall 2019. She works on romantic political thought, theories of social criticism and political reform, and reactionary politics in the 19th and 20th centuries.

Dissertation: Another Romanticism: Rethinking Social Criticism from Rousseau to Tolstoy

Aaron Greenberg
Worker Power PAC

PhD Awarded: 2018-2019

Current Position:
Treasurer

Bio:
After completing his PhD Aaron Greenberg taught political philosophy and American politics seminars at Deep Springs College. Currently, he serves as the Treasurer of Worker Power PAC, a labor-affiliated federal Super PAC supporting progressive candidates through grassroots campaigns in battleground states.

Dissertation:  Moral Wayfinding in the City of Man: Recovering the Political Thought of Reinhold Niebuhr

Lynn Hancock
British Columbia Ministry of Health
University of Victoria, Department of Political Science

PhD Awarded: 2018-2019

Current Position:
Manager (British Columbia Ministry of Health); Sessional Instructor (University of Victoria)

Bio:
As a Senior Policy Analyst in the Health Sector Workforce and Beneficiary Services Division, I develop briefing notes, policy papers, and reports on workforce challenges (including recruitment and retention) for Health Sector initiatives in British Columbia, Canada. As an adjunct professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Victoria, I teach classes including POLI 101 (Introduction to Canadian Politics) and POLI 351 (Public Policy Analysis).

Dissertation: An Experimental Study of Legislative Responsiveness

William G. Nomikos
Washington University in St. Louis

Contact Information:
wnomikos@wustl.edu

Personal Website:
https://www.williamgnomikos.com

PhD Awarded: 2018-2019

Current Position:
Assistant Professor of Political Science

Bio:
My research aims to understand the conditions under which international actors successfully bring order, peace, and stability to fragile and weakly institutionalized settings. My other interests include peacekeeping, violent extremism, post-conflict politics, and democratic foreign policy-making. I am the Director of the Data-driven Analysis of Peacekeeping Project, an ongoing effort to use data science methods to examine issues related to peacekeeping and conflict. I received my Ph.D. in Political Science from Yale University in May 2019.

Dissertation:   Local Peace, International Builders: How the UN Builds Peace from the Bottom Up

Hari Ramesh
Wesleyan University

Contact Information:
hari.narayan.ramesh@gmail.com

Personal Website:
https://www.hariramesh.com/

PhD Awarded: 2018-2019

Current Position:
Assistant Professor of Government (starting Fall 2021)

Bio:
Starting in Fall 2021 I will be an Assistant Professor of Government at Wesleyan University. Prior to that, I was a College Fellow in Social Studies at Harvard University (2019-2021). I conduct research in political theory and the history of political thought, with particular interests in democratic theory, theories of social oppression, and the intersections of American, Afro-modern, and South Asian political thought. My current book project draws on rich historical and philosophical connections between John Dewey, B.R. Ambedkar, and Brown v. Board of Education in order to offer an original account of the compatibility of coercive state action with a radical vision of democracy.

Dissertation:   Directed Association: A Defense of State Action in the Pursuit of Radical Democracy

Mara Redlich Revkin
Center on National Security and the Law
Georgetown University Law Center

Personal Website:
https://mararevkin.com/

PhD Awarded: 2018-2019

Current Position:
National Security Fellow

Bio:
Mara received her PhD in Political Science from Yale in 2019 and her J.D. from Yale Law School in 2016. She conducts empirical research on international humanitarian law, counter-terrorism law and policy, transitional justice, criminal law, and comparative law with a regional focus on the Middle East and particularly Iraq. Building upon her dissertation, which was a multi-method study of the Islamic State’s system of governance in Iraq and Syria, her current and future work aims to contribute to the development of evidence-based strategies for strengthening rule of law and state legitimacy after war.

Dissertation: Three Essays on the Microfoundations of Rebel Governance: Theory and Evidence from the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria

Andrés R. Vargas Castillo
Colombia’s Special Jurisdiction for Peace - High Court

Contact Information:
andres.vargas@jep.gov.co

PhD Awarded: 2018-2019

Current Position:
Specialized Analyst

Bio:
Andrés Vargas currently serves in Colombia’s transitional justice high court, where he applies mixed-methods to investigate the gravest crimes perpetrated during the civil war, including crimes against humanity, war crimes, and genocide. As a specialized analyst Andrés brings social science theory and methods to develop legal insight on processes of large scale violence, conducting empirical analysis on large troves of archival data collected from governmental, security, and civil society institutions. He has experience in the use of quantitative and ethnographic methods, and substantive expertise and interest in themes related to civil wars, violence, and political order during war and in its aftermath. Lecturer at Los Andes University until May 2020.

Dissertation:   Legacies of civil war: wartime rule and communal authority in rural Colombia

Elizabeth Iams Wellman
Williams College

Contact Information:
biw1@williams.edu

Personal Website:
https://www.bethiamswellman.com

PhD Awarded: 2018-2019

Current Position: 
Visiting Assistant Professor

Bio:
Elizabeth Iams Wellman (PhD Yale, 2019) is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Williams College, specializing in comparative politics, international relations, and contemporary Africa. Her research explores the intersection of international migration and electoral politics, including emigrant enfranchisement, transnational political mobilization, and international involvement in contentious elections. Beth’s work has appeared in American Political Science Review, Foreign Policy, and the Journal of Elections, Public Opinion and Parties. Prior to Williams she was a  postdoctoral research associate at the Mamdouha S. Bobst Center for Peace and Justice at Princeton University, and is currently a research associate at the African Centre for Migration and Society at Wits University, Johannesburg. She holds an AB in Public Policy from Duke University and an MA in International Relations from the University of Chicago.

Dissertation:  Citizenship Beyond Borders: The Politics of Emigrant Enfranchisement in Africa

PhD award 2017-2018

Kassandra Maja Birchler
University of Zurich
Department of Political Science

Contact Information:
birchler@ipz.uzh.ch

Personal Website:
www.linkedin.com/in/dr-kassandra-maja-birchler-46015589/

PhD Awarded: 2017-2018

Current Position:
Postdoctoral Scholar

Bio:
I received a Ph.D in Political Science in 2018 from Yale University (MA: ETH Zurich, BA: University of Zurich). In my dissertation I explored the effect of negative emotions (i.e.
anger, anxiety, and stress) on political preferences by combining methodological approaches from Political Science, Economics, and (Clinical/Social) Psychology. In addition, I am interested in the impact of early childhood trauma on political ideology. I was also a visiting scholar at the Affective NeuroEconomics Lab and a teaching assistant for the “Social Cognition and the Brain” summer school at the University of Amsterdam. I currently work as a postdoctoral scholar at the University of Zurich.

Dissertation:  Emotions and the Psychology of Politics

Natália S. Bueno
Emory University
Department of Political Science

Personal Website:
https://nataliabueno.github.io/

PhD Awarded: 2017-2018

Current Position: 
Assistant Professor

Bio:
Natália S. Bueno studies comparative politics. Her research concerns public policy, distributive politics, political economy of development, elections and race, with a regional concentration in Latin America. She is working on research projects on the political logic of nonstate welfare provision, provision of public goods, the political effects of public policies as well as the causes of the underrepresentation of racial groups in electoral politics.

Dissertation:  The Distributive Politics of Non-State Welfare Provision

Joshua R. Goodman
Air War College

Personal Website
https://joshuargoodman.com/

Contact Information:
joshua.goodman.11@au.af.edu
joshua.goodman.11@us.af.mil

C.V.

PhD Awarded: 2017-2018

Current Position:
Assistant Professor of International Security Studies

Bio:
I am an assistant professor in the international security studies at the Air War College, the US Air Force’s Senior Joint Professional Military Education school. My research focuses on civil-military relations and interagency decision making and cooperation, notably during counterinsurgency. Additionally, I am interested in the strategies and conflict dynamics of irregular warfare. My research is largely historical, focused on the British Empire and the Middle East, with applications to US counterinsurgency and contemporary Middle East military effectiveness.

Dissertation:  “Negotiating Counterinsurgency: The Politics of Strategic Adaptation”

Paul Linden-Retek
NYU School of Law
Jean Monnet Center

Personal Website:
https://campuspress.yale.edu/plindenretek/

Associations and Memberships

PhD Awarded: 2017-2018

Current Position: Post-doctoral Emile Noël Global Fellow

Paul Linden-Retek is a Post-doctoral Emile Noël Global Fellow at NYU School of Law. He received his Ph.D. from Yale in 2018 and holds previous degrees from Harvard University (A.B. in Social Studies) and Yale Law School (J.D.). Paul’s research and teaching interests are in contemporary political and legal theory, in particular the political philosophy of European integration, global constitutionalism, and law and the humanities. Paul has taught at Yale College on the politics and theory of human rights, law and globalization, public international law, and the moral foundations of politics. He sits on the Advisory Committee of the Multidisciplinary Academic Program in Human Rights at Yale. Paul has 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. He is currently at work on his first book, entitled, The time of law: Europe’s crisis and the future of post-national constitutionalism.

Publications and Articles:

Dissertation: The Time of Law: Europe’s Crisis and the Future of Post-National Constitutionalism

Daniel Masterson
University of California, Santa Barbara
Department of Political Science

Personal Website
https://danieltrmasterson.com/

PhD Awarded: 2017-2018

Current Position:  Assistant Professor

Daniel Masterson is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Daniel’s research explores conflict between refugees and host communities, refugee decision making about when and where to migrate, and how refugees cooperate in order to support themselves, with a regional focus in the Middle East.

Daniel’s work has appeared in the American Political Science Review and the Journal of Conflict Resolution. Before joining UCSB, Daniel was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Immigration Policy Lab at Stanford University. He received his PhD in political science from Yale University, a Master in Public Policy from Harvard Kennedy School, and a BA from Bates College.

Interests: Migration, displacement, humanitarian policy, Middle East politics

Jerome Schafer
LMU Munich

Personal Website
https://campuspress.yale.edu/jeromeschafer/

PhD Awarded: 2017-2018

Current Position: 
Assistant Professor

Bio:
I am an Assistant Professor of political science at LMU Munich. I received my Ph.D. from Yale in May 2018. l am broadly interested in questions pertaining to democracy and inequality, and in applications of behavioral economics to political science. A first line of my work investigates the causes and consequences of unequal political participation. A second line of work examines how voters and public officials make decisions under uncertainty.

PhD award 2016-2017

Suparna Chaudhry
Christopher Newport College
Political Science Department and the Reiff Center for Human Rights and Conflict Resolution

Personal Website:
https://www.suparnachaudhry.com/

PhD Awarded: 2016-2017

Current Position:
Assistant Professor

Bio:
Suparna Chaudhry is an Assistant Professor of Political Science and Director of the Reiff Center for Human Rights and Conflict Resolution at Christopher Newport University. Her research and teaching interests span International Relations and Comparative Politics, including human rights, international organizations and law, political violence and conflict, with a specific focus on state persecution of NGOs. Prior to joining Christopher Newport University, she was a Post-Doctoral Fellow in U.S. Foreign Policy and International Security at the Dickey Center for International Understanding at Dartmouth College.

Stefan Eich
Georgetown University
Department of Government

Personal Website:
https://www.stefaneich.com

PhD Awarded: 2016-2017

Current Position: 
Assistant Professor of Government

Bio:
Stefan Eich is Assistant Professor of Government at Georgetown University. His research is in political theory and the history of political thought, in particular the political theory of money and financial capitalism. Prior to Georgetown, he was the Perkins-Cotsen Postdoctoral Fellow in the Society of Fellows at Princeton University.

Stefan received his PhD in Political Science from Yale University and holds an MPhil in Political Thought and Intellectual History from the University of Cambridge, as well as a BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from the University of Oxford. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Political TheoryModern Intellectual HistoryCapitalism and History, and History & Theory. His book manuscript, The Currency of Politics: The Political Theory of Money from Aristotle to Keynes (under contract with Princeton University Press), recovers constitutive debates about money as a political institution in the history of political thought.

Dissertation: The Currency of Justice: Money and Political Thought

German G. Feierherd
Universidad de San Andrés

Contact Information:
gfeierherd@udesa.edu.ar

Personal Website:
http://feierherd.github.io/

PhD Awarded: 2016-2017

Current Position: 
Assistant Professor

Bio:
I am an Assistant Professor at Universidad de San Andrés in Buenos Aires, Argentina. I received my PhD in Political Science (with Departmental and University Distinction) from Yale University. Before returning to Argentina, I was a fellow for the MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies at Yale and a Pre/Postdoctoral Associate at Duke University. I conduct theoretical and empirical research on political development, with an emphasis on elections and policymaking in weak institutional environments. My research has been published or is forthcoming at The Journal of Politics, British Journal of Political Science, and American Journal of Political Science.

Dissertation:  Left Behind: How Politics Shapes Labor-Markets in Latin America

Anna Jurkevics
University of British Columbia
Department of Political Science

Personal Website:
www.annajurkevics.com

PhD Awarded: 2016-2017

Current Position: 
Assistant Professor

Bio:
Anna Jurkevics (PhD Yale, 2017) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science. Her research is in the fields of critical theory, democratic theory, and the history of German political thought. In her work, she investigates themes related to territory, land, and migration. She also specializes in the political thought of Hannah Arendt. Her current project, a book manuscript titled Contested Territory: Land and Democracy Beyond the Bounds of Sovereignty, suggests a non-sovereign approach to territory and borders. The work rethinks the philosophical foundations of sovereigntist geopolitical thought and considers new possibilities for democratic land governance in the global age.

Dissertation:  Cosmopolitan Territories: Land, Jurisdiction, and International Law

Jiyoung Ko
Bates College
Department of Politics

Personal Website:
https://www.jiyoungko.org/

PhD Awarded: 2016-2017

Current Position: 
Assistant Professor of Politics

Bio:
Jiyoung Ko is an Assistant Professor of Politics at Bates College. She is an international security scholar with a regional focus on Northeast Asia. Her research interests include alliance politics, nuclear proliferation, and nationalism.

Dissertation:  A Prelude to Violence? The Effect of Nationalism on Interstate Violence

Gareth Nellis
University of California, Berkeley

Contact Information:
gnellis@ucsd.edu

Personal Website:
https://garethnellis.github.io

PhD Awarded: 2016-2017
 

Current Position: 
Assistant Professor of Political Science

Bio:
I am an assistant professor of political science at the University of California, San Diego, where I specialize in comparative politics, political economy, and South Asia. My research addresses the extent to which elections serve as instruments of inclusion or exclusion in developing democracies. One line of work examines the electoral rise of violent ethno-religious nationalism; the other aims to understand the political marginalization of internal migrants.

Pia Raffler
Harvard University
Department of Government

Personal Website:
https://www.piaraffler.com

PhD Awarded: 2016-2017

Current Position: 
Assistant Professor of Government

Steven Rosenzweig
Boston University

Personal Website:
https://www.stevencrosenzweig.com

PhD Awarded: 2016-2017

Current Position: 
Assistant Professor of Political Science

Bio:
Steve studies comparative politics and the political economy of development, with a particular focus on political violence, electoral accountability, democratic erosion, and African politics. His dissertation was awarded the APCG-Lynne Rienner Best Dissertation in African Politics in 2017 by the African Politics Conference Group, a section of the American Political Science Association and African Studies Association.

Dissertation:   The Logic of Violence in Electoral Competition

Niloufer Siddiqui
University at Albany-SUNY
Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy

Personal Website:
https://www.niloufersiddiqui.com/

PhD Awarded: 2016-2017

Current Position:
Assistant Professor

Bio:
In September 2018, Niloufer Siddiqui will join the Department of Political Science at the University at Albany-State University of New York (SUNY) as an Assistant Professor. Niloufer completed her PhD in Political Science at Yale University in 2017. Her book project examines why political parties engage in violence and the variation in violence strategies that they employ. Other research interests include political behavior, the politics of religion and ethnicity, electoral dynamics in developing or transitioning democracies, and voters and foreign policy. Siddiqui previously worked at the International Crisis Group (ICG) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Islamabad and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) in New York. She has an MA in International Relations from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and a BA in English from Haverford College.

Dissertation: Under the Gun: Political Parties and Violence in Pakistan

Michael Weaver
The University of British Columbia

Personal Website:
https://mdweaver.github.io

PhD Awarded: 2016-2017

Current Position: 
Assistant Professor

Bio:
Michael Weaver (PhD Yale) examines the politics of violence, in particular, contests over the legitimacy of state and non-state violence, how changes in these public norms constrain and enable violence, as well as the causes and consequences of ethnic violence.

His current project, a book on the public acceptability of lynching, argues that changes in the reach and inclusivity of publicity enable and constrain both criticism and justification of violence. This work draws on extensive historiography of lynching and novel historical newspaper data to trace both the emergence and rise to dominance of white supremacist narratives that justified lynching in the wake of Reconstruction as well as the proliferation of critiques levelled by both African Americans and white opponents of lynching.

In addition to his work on lynching, Weaver’s other work examines the effects of electing ethnic political parties and violence in India and Indonesia, the effects of military service in the American Civil War on racial attitudes, and the effects of inflammatory political rhetoric on violence. His research has been published in the American Political Science Review and the Quarterly Journal of Political Science.

Prior to joining our Department, Weaver was a Collegiate Assistant Professor at the University of Chicago (2016-2017), and a Statistical Consultant at Yale University StatLab. He earned his BA at the University of Chicago.

PhD award 2015-2016

Blake Emerson
UCLA School of Law

Contact Information:
emerson@law.ucla.edu

PhD Awarded: 2015-2016

Current Position: 
Assistant Professor of Law

Bio:
Blake Emerson is Assistant Professor of Law at UCLA School of Law. Prior to joining UCLA Law, he was a Research Fellow at the Administrative Conference of the United States in Washington, D.C. His primary research interests lie in administrative law, executive power, and legal theory. Emerson’s research examines the normative and historical foundations of American public law. He draws on resources from political theory and American political development to understand the structure and purpose of the regulatory state. He studies questions such as: What role have federal government agencies played in interpreting and implementing civil rights and other fundamental public values? How can legal doctrine ensure that agencies address such significant policy issues in a reasoned and inclusive fashion? In what ways have the diverse institutions of the American state realized, or failed to live up to, democratic principles? How can state action promote, rather than undermine, individual freedom?

Emerson’s book, The Public’s Law: Origins and Architecture of Progressive Democracy (Oxford University Press, 2019), offers a history and theory of democracy in the American administrative state. His articles have appeared or are forthcoming in the Yale Journal on Regulation, Yale Law Journal, Minnesota Law Review, and Review of Politics, among other publications. He has co-authored two reports on federal agency best practices for the Administrative Conference of the United States, and written shorter contributions for the Notice and Comment Blog, Regulatory Review, and Law and Political Economy Blog. Emerson received his B.A. magna cum laude with Highest Honors from Williams College, his Ph.D. with Honors from Yale University, and his J.D. with Honors from Yale Law School. In 2017, he received an American Constitution Society prize for regulatory and administrative law scholarship.

Dissertation:  Between Public Law and Public Sphere: Reconstructing the American Progressive Theory of the Administrative State

Daniel S. Feder
Google

PhD Awarded: 2015-2016

Current Position: 
Research Lead

Dissertation:  Three Essays on Citizens’ Perceptions of Government Competence, and What Those Perceptions Mean for American Politics and Policy

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Francesca Grandi
International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)
Kings College London
IE School of Global and Public Affairs in Madrid

Personal Website:
https://fragrandiyoga.com/

PhD Awarded: 2015-2016

Current Position: 
Research and Methodology Advisor at the Center for Operational Research and Experience (CORE)

Bio:
I have extensive field and policy-making experience in humanitarian relief, conflict prevention, peace diplomacy, peacebuilding and peacekeeping, having worked in international organizations, academia, think tanks, and NGOs, focusing on understanding and solving armed conflicts, and protecting and assisting victims of violence, including those forcibly displaced. Prior to joining the ICRC, I worked at the International Institute for Strategic Studies and the Overseas Development Institute in London, at the United Nations and the European Union in Brussels, Chile, East Timor, Geneva, Mozambique, Nepal, New York, and in refugee camps in Lebanon and the former Yugoslavia. I regularly volunteers with homeless and refugees, including by teaching trauma informed yoga.

Dissertation:  Troubled Peace. Political Violence in Post-conflict Settings.

Alexandra Hartman
University College London
Department of Political Science

PhD Awarded: 2015-2016

Current Position: 
Associate Professor of Political Science

Bio:
Political economy of institutions and migration in fragile states.

Benjamin Jones
Pennsylvania State University
Rock Ethics Institute

Contact Information:
btj7@psu.edu

PhD Awarded: 2015-2016
 

Current Position: 
Assistant Director of the Rock Ethics Institute

Bio:
Ben does research in moral, legal, and political philosophy and the history of political thought. He is author of Apocalypse without God: Apocalyptic Thought, Ideal Politics, and the Limits of Utopian Hope (forthcoming with Cambridge University Press) and co-editor with Eduardo Mendieta of The Ethics of Policing: New Perspectives on Law Enforcement (forthcoming with New York University Press). He currently is working on a book manuscript entitled “Making Protection of Life a Priority: The Ethics of Police Deadly Force.” This project examines how existing law and police practice fall short of prioritizing the protection of life and what that principle demands of police and democratic institutions that oversee them. Previously, Ben worked for over eight years on criminal justice reform in the nonprofit sector. As Executive Director of the Connecticut Network to Abolish the Death Penalty, he directed the statewide organizing, lobbying, and media campaign that repealed Connecticut’s death penalty.

Dissertation:  The Paradox of Secular Apocalyptic Thought

Mary McGrath
Northwestern University

PhD Awarded: 2015-2016
 

Current Position: 
Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science

Bio:
I am an Assistant Professor in the Northwestern University Department of Political Science, and a Faculty Fellow at Northwestern’s Institute for Policy Research. I am a member of the Cognitive Science Program Committee, and a Faculty Affiliate at the Center for the Study of Diversity and Democracy and the STEPP Center.

I use quantitative methods to study political behavior.

My Google Scholar page is here.

Rebecca Nielsen
Universidad del Rosario in Bogotá, Colombia
Political Science, Government, and International Relations

Personal Website:
https://www.rebeccanielsen.net/

PhD Awarded: 2015-2016

Current Position: 
Assistant Professor

Bio:
I previously worked as a visiting assistant professor at the Bush School of Government & Public Service at Texas A&M. I graduated from the Department of Political Science at Yale University, where I qualified in comparative politics, political economy, and quantitative methods. My doctoral research examined the effects of civil war violence on social networks and how this influences post-conflict political inclusion, especially for women. I conducted fieldwork for my dissertation in Liberia and Sierra Leone.

My research has been supported by the Department of Defense Minerva Initiative, the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation, the National Science Foundation, and the Yale MacMillan Center for International Studies.

Erin Pineda
Smith College
Department of Government

PhD Awarded: 2015-2016

Current Position: 
Assistant Professor of Government
 

PhD award 2014-2015

Selim Erdem Aytac
Koç University

C.V.

PhD Awarded: 2014-2015

Current position:
Associate Professor

Bio:
Selim Erdem Aytaç is an associate professor of political science in the Department of International Relations at Koç University in Istanbul, Turkey. His research focuses on electoral accountability and political participation. He is the co-author of Why Bother? Rethinking Participation in Elections and Protests (Cambridge University Press, 2019). His research has been published at the Journal of Politics, British Journal of Political Science, Comparative Political Studies, and Public Opinion Quarterly, among others.

Dissertation: Relative Performance and the Incumbent Vote: A Reference Point Theory of Economic Voting

Cameron Ballard-Rosa
UNC Chapel Hill
Department of Political Science

Personal Website:
https://sites.google.com/site/cameronballardrosa/home

C.V.

PhD Awarded: 2014-2015

Current Position: 
Assistant Professor, Political Science

Dissertation:  Regime-Contingent Biases and the Politics of Sovereign Default

Rob Blair
Brown University
Watson Institute of International and Public Affairs

Personal Website:
https://robblair.net/

PhD Awarded: 2014-2015

Current Position: 
Assistant Professor of Political Science and International and Public Affairs
 

Lara Chausow
Department of Health and Human Services, HRSA

PhD Awarded: 2014-2015

Current Position:
Data Statistician for the Quality Division of the Bureau of Primary Health Care

Bio:
After graduate school, I worked for Congressional Research Services on Congressional procedure and administration. I then became a statistician for the USDA’s Food Safety and Information Service as part of the Presidential Management Fellowship. I recently moved over to the Bureau of Primary Health Care in HHS, where I analyze data about community health centers and use those analyses to ensure that training and technical assistance is targeting the right clinics on the correct issues.

Dissertation:  It’s More Than Who You Know: The Role of Access, Procedural and Political Expertise, and Policy Knowledge in Revolving Door Lobby

Adam Michael Dynes
Brigham Young University
Department of Political Science

Personal Website:
https://adamdynes.com/

PhD Awarded: 2014-2015

Current Position:
Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science

Bio:
I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Brigham Young University. I research legislative behavior with an interest in representation, political psychology, distributive politics, and political parties. In examining these topics, I have studied U.S. elected officials at the national, state, and local levels using surveys, observational data, and experimental methods. My work has been published in the American Political Science Review, the American Journal of Political Science, and Legislative Studies Quarterly.

Publications:
Who Benefits from the Party Organization? Evidence from Republican House Members’ Attendance at Caucus Meetings.” - with Andrew Reeves.  Forthcoming

Ideology, Learning, and Policy Diffusion: Experimental Evidence.” - with Butler, Daniel M., Craig Volden, and Boris Shor.  American Journal of Political Science 61 (1): 37–49.

How Politicians Discount the Opinions of Constituents with Whom They Disagree.” - with Butler, Daniel M.  American Journal of Political Science 60 (4): 975–89.

Partisanship and the Allocation of Federal Spending: Do Same-Party Legislators or Voters Benefit from Shared Party Affiliation with the President and House Majority?” - with Gregory A. Huber. American Political Science Review 109(01): 172-86.

Projects:
The American Municipal Offices Survey

Adom Getachew
University of Chicago
Department of Political Science

PhD Awarded: 2014-2015

Current Position: 
Neubauer Family Assistant Professor of Political Science

Bio:
Adom Getachew is Neubauer Family Assistant Professor of Political Science and the College at the University of Chicago. She is a political theorist with research interests in the history of political thought, theories of race and empire, and postcolonial political theory. Her work focuses on the intellectual and political histories of Africa and the Caribbean.

Dissertation:  The Rise and Fall of Self-Determination: Towards a History of Anti-colonial Worldmaking

Adi Greif
ABT Associates

Contact information:
adi.griffon@gmail.com

PhD Awarded: 2014-2015

Current Position: 
Research Associate

Bio:
Adi Greif designs, manages, and analyzes rigorous impact evaluations for international development agencies and foundations. Sectors include rural agriculture, gender, governance and the intersection of climate change and conflict. Her work focuses on sub-Saharan Africa and Asia. Main clients include USAID, the World Bank, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), and FCDO (formerly DFID).

Dissertation: The Long-Term Impact of Colonization on Gender

Corinna Jentzsch
Leiden University

Personal Website:
https://www.corinnajentzsch.com

PhD Awarded: 2014-2015

Current Position: 
Assistant Professor (tenured)

Bio:
Corinna Jentzsch is an assistant professor (tenured) at the Institute of Political Science at Leiden University. She studies civilian agency and collective action in civil wars, causes and consequences of (pro-government) militia formation, and the links between social movements and political violence, with a regional focus on Southern Africa. She received her PhD from Yale University, and prior to that studied at Free University Berlin and Sciences Po Paris.

Dissertation:  Militias and the Dynamics of Civil War

Jung Kim
University of North Korean Studies

PhD Awarded: 2014-2015

Current Position: 
Assistant Professor

Bio:
Jung Kim is an Assistant Professor at the University of North Korean Studies and Visiting Professor at Yonsei University, South Korea. He is currently a member of Policy Advisory Committee of Ministry of National Defense and of Ministry of Unification. He is also a regional coordinator of Asia Democracy Research Network. Prior to this, he was a Chief Researcher at East Asia Institute and Institute for Far Eastern Studies, Kyungnam University. He received his B.A. and M.A. in Political Science at Korea University and his Ph.D. in Political Science at Yale University. His research interests include Comparative Politics and International Relations in East Asia.

Dissertation:  Divided Government and Legislative Bargaining in Japan and South Korea

Lucy Martin
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Department of Political Science

Personal Website:
https://sites.google.com/site/lucymartin/

PhD Awarded: 2014-2015

Current Position: 
Assistant Professor

Dissertation:  Taxation and Accountability in Sub-Saharan Africa

Luis Schiumerini
University of Notre Dame
Political Science Department

Personal Website:
https://sites.google.com/site/leschiumerini/

PhD Awarded: 2014-2015
 

Current Position: 
Assistant Professor in Political Science

Previous Positions: 
2015-2017: Postdoctoral Prize Research Fellow, Nuffield College, University of Oxford.
2017-2018: University of Notre Dame. Postdoctoral Associate, Department of Political Science and Visiting Fellow, Kellogg Institute for International Studies

Rory Truex
Princeton University

Contact Information:
rtruex@princeton.edu

Personal Website:
https://www.rorytruex.com

C.V.

PhD Awarded: 2014-2015

Current Position: 
Assistant Professor of Politics and International Affairs

Dissertation:   Representation within Bounds: Politics and Policymaking in China’s National People’s Congress

PhD award 2013-2014

Peter Aronow
Yale University

Personal Website:
https://peteraronow.github.io/

PhD Awarded: 2013-2014

Current Position: 
Associate Professor of Political Science

Bio:
My research considers the theoretical foundations of quantitative methods in the social sciences, with particular focus on the statistical problems that arise in the study of politics. Broadly speaking, I seek to discover the possibilities and limits of statistical inquiry once standard assumptions that contradict our understanding of human behavior, e.g., that subjects do not “interfere” with one another, are relaxed.

Dissertation: Model Assisted Causal Inference

Allison Carnegie
Columbia University

Contact Information:
allison.carnegie@columbia.edu

Personal website:
http://www.columbia.edu/~ajc2241/

PhD Awarded: 2013-2014

Current Position:
Associate Professor

Bio:
Allison Carnegie is an Associate Professor of Political Science at Columbia University. She received a joint PhD in Political Science and Economics from Yale University. Her research interests include international relations, international organizations, and international political economy. Her book “Power Plays: How International Institutions Reshape Coercive Diplomacy” was published by Cambridge University Press in 2015. Her book “Secrets in Global Governance: Disclosure Dilemmas and the Challenge of International Cooperation” (with Austin Carson) was published by Cambridge in 2020. Her work has been published in many outlets including the American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, British Journal of Political Science, International Organization, Journal of Politics, and Political Analysis.

Dissertation: States Held Hostage: Political Hold-up Problems and the Reshaping of Coercive Diplomacy

Erica De Bruin
Hamilton College
Government

Contact Information:
edebruin@hamilton.edu

Personal Website:
https://www.ericadebruin.com/

PhD Awarded: 2013-2014

Current Position: 
Assistant Professor of Government

Bio:
Erica De Bruin is an Assistant Professor of Government at Hamilton College, and a Non-Resident Fellow at the Modern War Institute at West Point. Her research focuses on coups, civil war, and militarized policing. She is the author of How to Prevent Coups d’etat: Counterbalancing and Regime Survival (Cornell University Press, 2020). Her research has been published in the Journal of Peace Research and Journal of Conflict Resolution, as well as Foreign Affairs, The Washington Post, and Political Violence at a Glance.

Dissertation: War and Coup Prevention in Developing States

Madhavi Devasher
Department of Political Science
University of New Hampshire

Personal Website:
https://www.madhavidevasher.com/

PhD Awarded: 2013-2014

Current Position: 
Assistant Professor of Political Science
 

Shawn Fraistat

PhD Awarded: 2013-2014

Current Position: 
most recently served as a postdoctoral fellow, Brown University

Bio:
Shawn Fraistat received his Ph.D. from the Department of Political Science at Yale University in 2014. He also holds an MSc in Political Theory from the London School of Economics. He most recently served as a postdoctoral fellow at Brown University. His research interests include ancient Greek political philosophy, early modern liberalism, authority, care ethics, and nature. His work has appeared in journals such as the American Political Science Review and Political Theory. His book, the Liberalism of Care: Philosophy, Community, and Ethics, published by the University of Chicago Press, revives a lost tradition of care-based thinking about politics through close readings of central texts in ancient and modern political thought.

Dissertation:  Liberal Democracy, Authority, and Care

Matthew Longo
Leiden University

Contact Information:
m.b.longo@fsw.leidenuniv.nl

Personal Website:
 http://mblongo.com/

C.V.

PhD Awarded: 2013-2014

Current Position: 
Assistant Professor

Bio:
Matthew Longo is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Leiden University. Prior to this he was Clayman Junior Research Fellow, St Anne’s College, Oxford University. He received his PhD from Yale in 2014 (with distinction), and won the 2016 Leo Strauss Award for the Best Dissertation in Political Philosophy, awarded by the American Political Science Association (APSA). His book, The Politics of Borders: Sovereignty, Security, and the Citizen after 9/11 (Cambridge University Press, 2018) won the 2019 Charles Taylor Book Award for the Best Book in Interpretive Methods and Methodologies (APSA).

Dissertation:  Sovereignty in the Age of Securitization: A Study on Borders and Bordering in the US after 9/11

Shivaji Mukherjee
University of Toronto
Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy

Contact information:
shivaji.mukherjee@utoronto.ca

Personal Site:
https://sites.google.com/site/mukherjeeshivaji/

PhD Awarded: 2013-2014

Current Position: 
Assistant Professor

Bio:
I am an Assistant Professor in Political Science, at the University of Toronto, Mississauga, and also part of the Graduate Faculty at the University of Toronto, St. George. I am also a Faculty Associate at the Center for South Asian Studies, Asian Institute, Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, University of Toronto. In 2018-19, I was a Visiting Fellow at the Kroc Institute for Peace Studies, University of Notre Dame. I work on political violence and conflict in India, and do research on insurgencies in South Asia, particularly focusing on Maoist insurgency in India. I have several articles on this topic and a book manuscript which is forthcoming at Cambridge University press.

https://www.cambridge.org/core/books/colonial-institutions-and-civil-war/D05469B6DFD858734AF9B41474FCA6FC

I also have an interest in state formation, legacies of colonial institutions, and other types of political violence in South Asia like Hindu Muslim violence and Kashmir insurgency.

Dissertation: Colonial Origins of Maoist Insurgency in India: Historical Legacies of British Indirect Rule

Celia Paris
Loyola University Maryland
Department of Political Science

Contact Information:
ccparis@loyola.edu

Personal Website
https://sites.google.com/site/celiaparis/

C.V.

PhD Awarded: 2013-2014

Current Position: 
Assistant professor of Political Science

Dissertation: Can’t They All Just Get Along? Representative Democracy and Managing Political Disagreement in America.

Kyohei Yamada
International University of Japan

PhD Awarded: 2013-2014

Current Position: 
Associate Professor

Dissertation:  Causes and Consequences of Municipal Mergers in Japan

PhD award 2012-2013

Regina Bateson
University of Ottawa
Graduate School of Public and International Affairs

Contact information:
rbateson@uottawa.ca

Personal Website:
www.reginabateson.com

PhD Awarded: 2012-2013

Current Position: 
Visiting Professor

Bio:
Regina Bateson is a visiting professor at the University of Ottawa’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA) and the Faculty of Law. She studies crime and politics, vigilantism, human rights, and the political consequences of violence. Her articles are published or forthcoming in the American Political Science Review, Perspectives on Politics, Comparative Political Studies, Comparative Politics, and the Journal of Peace Research. Regina was previously an assistant professor of political science at MIT. Her academic work is informed by her prior experiences as a Foreign Service Officer for the US Department of State, an election observer for the OAS, and a congressional candidate in California’s 4th District.

Dissertation: Order and Violence in Postwar Guatemala

Teresa M. Bejan
University of Oxford
Department of Politics and International Relations

Contact Information:
teresa.bejan@politics.ox.ac.uk

Personal Website:
https://www.teresabejan.com

PhD Awarded: 2012-2013

Current Position: 
Associate Professor of Political Theory

Bio:
Teresa M. Bejan is Associate Professor of Political Theory and a Fellow of Oriel College at the University of Oxford. Previously, she taught at the University of Toronto and as a Fellow in the Society of Fellows in the Humanities at Columbia University. Her first book, “Mere Civility: Disagreement and the Limits of Toleration” (based on her PhD thesis at Yale), was published by Harvard University Press in 2017. She is currently completing a second monograph for Harvard, entitled “First Among Equals: The Practice and Theory of Early Modern Equality.”

Dissertation: Mere Civility: Tolerating Disagreement in Early Modern England and America

Uday Chandra
Georgetown University, Qatar

Contact Information:
uc17@georgetown.edu

PhD Awarded: 2012-2013

Current Position: 
Assistant Professor, Government

Bio:
Uday Chandra is an Assistant Professor of Government. He received his B.A. in economics from Grinnell College and his PhD in political science from Yale University in 2013. He received the 2013 Sardar Patel Award for writing the best dissertation in a US university on any aspect of modern South Asia. Before his current position, he held a prestigious research fellowship at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity in Goettingen, Germany. Uday’s research lies at the intersection between critical agrarian studies, political anthropology, postcolonial theory, and South Asian studies. His first monograph Negotiating Leviathan: Making Tribes and States in Modern India will be published by Stanford University Press. He is also working on a second book project on Hindu nationalism and democracy in postcolonial India.

Dissertation:   Negotiating Leviathan: Statemaking and Resistance in the Margins of Modern India

Brian J. Fried
Brandeis University
Department of Politics

Personal Website:
https://brianjfried.net/

C.V.

PhD Awarded: 2012-2013

Current Position:
Florence Levy Kay Fellow in Comparative Politics of the Developing World

Bio:
Brian J. Fried responsibilities include research and teaching on Latin America, comparative politics, and development.

In my dissertation, I investigate how transitions away from clientelism – the discretionary targeting of rewards to buy voters’ support – occur. Across the developing world, clientelism constrains democratic representation and economic growth. My analysis of Bolsa Família, Brazil’s conditional cash transfer program, provides strong evidence that clientelism has declined there. In work that I published in World Development, I demonstrate that  criteria do not account for the distribution of this large antipoverty program. The professionalization of the civil service played a key role in explaining Brazil’s shift away from clientelism. This professionalization provided the bureaucratic capacity which enabled politicians to fulfill their programmatic campaign promises. Without this capacity, programmatic candidates are unable to credibly commit to such policymaking and give voters a reason to defect from the clientelist status quo. Authoritarian rule in Brazil had the surprising benefit of providing future democratic leaders with sufficient capacity to implement programmatic policies.

I analyze the historical evolution of Brazil’s civil service and municipal level electoral and socioeconomic data to show how increased bureaucratic capacity leads to programmatic policymaking. A Fulbright-Hayes grant and a Fox Fellowship at the University of São Paulo provided me with the opportunity to spend two years in Brazil.  During my fieldwork, I gathered qualitative evidence from a diverse sample of municipalities in multiple states, which allowed me to assess the considerable subnational variation across Brazil. I focused on the state of Bahia, which recently experienced the collapse of a long-dominant clientelist machine. In addition, I used a grant from the National Science Foundation to design a survey that includes experimental components which test how perceptions of bureaucratic capacity shape voters’ support for programmatic proposals. This research provides  insight into how countries that experience clientelism can leverage bureaucratic capacity to improve democratic representation and economic performance.

Dissertation:  The End of the Closed Corral: Explaining the Decline of Clientelism in Brazil

Calvert Jones
University of Maryland, College Park
Department of Government and Politics

Contact Information:
cwjones@umd.edu

Personal Website:
https://sites.google.com/site/calvertjones1/home

PhD Awarded: 2012-2013

Current Position: 
Assistant Professor, Department of Government & Politics

Bio:
Calvert W. Jones is an Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland, College Park in the Department of Government & Politics, having previously served as an Assistant Professor at CUNY-City College from 2013-2015 in the Department of Political Science. She earned her Ph.D. from Yale University in 2013, focusing on comparative politics, the Middle East, and mixed methods.  Her current research examines new approaches to citizen-building in the Middle East, with an emphasis on goals, mechanisms, and outcomes in state-led social engineering efforts. Her book, Bedouins into Bourgeois: Remaking Citizens for Globalization, is forthcoming with Cambridge University Press in 2017. Peer-reviewed articles have appeared in Perspectives on Politics, International Studies Quarterly, International Security, Intelligence and National Security, Cambridge Review of International Affairs, and First Monday. She also holds an MPhil in international relations from Cambridge University, a master’s degree in information management and systems from the University of California, Berkeley, and a bachelor’s degree from Columbia University in philosophy and computer science.

Dissertation:  Bedouins into Bourgeois?  Social Engineering for a Market Economy in the United Arab Emirates

Paul Kenny
Australian Catholic University

Contact information:
paul.kenny@acu.edu.au

Personal Site:
http://www.pauldkenny.com/

PhD Awarded: 2012-2013

Current Position: 
Professor of Political Science, Institute for Humanities and Social Sciences

Bio:
Paul Kenny is Research Professor of Political Science in the Institute for Humanities and Social Sciences at the Australian Catholic University (ACU). He joined ACU in 2020 after seven years at the Australian National University. He received his PhD in political science from Yale University in 2013 and has degrees in economics and political economy from LSE and Trinity College Dublin. He is the author of two books, Populism and Patronage: Why Populists Win Elections in India, Asia, and Beyond (Oxford, 2017), which won APSA’s 2018 Robert A. Dahl Award, and Populism in Southeast Asia (Cambridge, 2019). His research on the political economy of populism, corruption, and inequality has been published in the British Journal of Political Science, The Journal of Politics, and Political Research Quarterly among others.

Dissertation: The Patronage Network: Broker Power, Populism, and Democracy in India

Jonah Schulhofer-Wohl
Leiden University

Contact information:
j.b.schulhofer-wohl@fsw.leidenuniv.nl

PhD Awarded: 2012-2013

Current Position: 
Assistant Professor of Political Science

Bio:
Jonah Schulhofer-Wohl is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Leiden University. His research agenda, on the conduct of civil wars, includes an empirical focus on the Middle East, but addresses questions about civil wars as a general matter, and draws on comparisons across diverse countries. His book, Quagmire in Civil War, was published in 2020.

Dissertation:  Dynamics of Civil Wars: The Causes and Consequences of Subsidies to Armed Groups

Luke Thompson
Envoi LLC

Contact Information:
ltthompso@gmail.com

PhD Awarded: 2012-2013

Current Position: 
Owner and Co-Founder

Bio:
Luke Thompson is a Republican political consultant and writer. He is the co-founder of Envoi LLC and the President of Ad Astra Insights, a New York-based consultancy. He has run dozens of federal and statewide campaigns and advocacy efforts. His writing has appeared in National Review, The Spectator, and USA Today.

Dissertation:   Constitutional Duty: Emergency Power and the American Presidency

Peter J. Verovsek
University of Sheffield
Department of Politics

Personal Website:
https://verovsek.com

C.V.

PhD Awarded: 2012-2013

Current Position: 
Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Politics/International relations

Bio:
Dr. Peter J. Verovšek is a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Politics/International relations. He studied Government (high honors) and German as a undergraduate at Dartmouth College (AB 2006, summa cum laude). He then conducted research on the continuing effects of the memories of World War II in the politics of the former Yugoslavia as a U.S. Fulbright Scholar (2006-07), before receiving his MA (2008), MPhil (2010) and PhD (2013) in Political Science from Yale University.

After completing his doctorate, he spent three years as Lecturer on Social Studies at Harvard University (2013-16), where he also served as co-founder and co-chair of the European Union Study Group at the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies. He has also held appointments as a research fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities in Bad Homburg, Germany, at the Jean Monnet Foundation in Lausanne, Switzerland, and at the Normative Orders Cluster of Excellence at the Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main, Germany.

Dissertation: A New Beginning for Europe: Memory, Rupture and Integration in the Wake of Total War

PhD award 2011-2012

Lihi Ben Shitrit
University of Georgia

Contact Information:
lben@uga.edu

PhD Awarded: 2011-2012

Current Position: 
Associate Professor, School of Public and International Affairs

Bio:
Lihi Ben Shitrit is an associate professor at the School of Public and International Affairs, University of Georgia, Athens. Her research focuses on the intersections of gender, religion, and politics in the Middle East. She is the author of Righteous Transgressions: Women’s Activism on the Israeli and Palestinian Religious Right (Princeton University Press, 2015) and Women and the Holy City: The Struggle over Jerusalem’s Sacred Space (Cambridge University Press, 2020) as well as numerous articles and book chapters. Her work has been supported by various fellowships including from the ACLS/Luce Religion, International Affairs and Journalism fellowship (2019-2020), Harvard Kennedy School’s Middle East Initiative (2018-2019), University of Pennsylvania’s Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies (2017), and Harvard Divinity School’s Women’s Studies in Religion Program (2013-2014).

Dissertation: Frames of Exception: Women’s Activism in Religious Political Movements

Valerie Frey
Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)

PhD Awarded: 2011-2012

Current Position: 
Lead Researcher

Bio:
Valerie is an economist at the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris, in the Directorate for Employment, Labour, and Social Affairs. Her research has focused on social program evaluation, female labour force participation, and public opinion on economic risks and governance.

Valerie is currently the lead researcher and manager of the cross-national OECD “Risks that Matter” household survey, which looks at people’s perceptions of the social and economic risks they face and how well they feel their government responds to their concerns. Learn more at the Risks that Matter website: https://www.oecd.org/social/risks-that-matter.htm Valerie also lectured in economics at Sciences Po from 2013 to 2015.

Prior to the joining the OECD in 2012, Valerie worked as a research assistant at Yale University and as a consultant for the World Bank Governance and Public Sector Management Group. She completed her Ph.D. at Yale in 2012.

Dissertation:

Yi Kang
Hong Kong Baptist University

PhD Awarded: 2011-2012

Current Position: 
Assistant Professor

Dissertation:   Managing Openness, Managing Disasters: Challenges and Opportunities Confronting Non-Democracies in A New Era

Paul Lagunes
Columbia University
School of International and Public Affairs

Contact Information:
paul.lagunes@gmail.com

Personal Website:
https://paullagunes.com/

C.V.

PhD Awarded: 2011-2012

Current Position: 
Associate Professor without tenure

Bio:
Paul Lagunes obtained his Ph.D. in Political Science from Yale University and is an Associate Professor without tenure at Columbia University’s School of International & Public Affairs. He specializes in the study of urban corruption and corruption monitoring, and has published in Public Administration, PLoS ONE, Latin American Research Review, Political Psychology, Harvard Journal of Hispanic Policy, Politics & Policy, and Journal of Social Issues. He is the co-editor of two academic volumes, and is the author of a book manuscript (under contract with Oxford University Press) that applies field experiments to test the effectiveness of anticorruption interventions in Mexico, Peru, and New York City.

Dissertation Title: Monitoring as a Democratic Imperative: A Study on Corruption and Accountability in Mexico

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Bonny Lin
RAND Corporation

PhD Awarded: 2011-2012

Current Position:
Associate Political Scientist

Bio:
Bonny Lin focuses on a range of security and defense issues in Asia and Europe.

Leonid Peisakhin
New York University - Abu Dhabi

Personal website:
https://leonidpeisakhin.org

PhD Awarded: 2011-2012

Current Position:
Assistant Professor of Political Science

Dissertation:  Long Shadow of the Past: Identity, Norms, and Political Behavior
 

PhD award 2010-2011

Ana Arjona
Northwestern University

Contact Information:
ana.arjona@northwestern.edu

Personal Site:
http://anamarjona.net/

PhD Awarded: 2010-2011

Current Position: 
Associate Professor

Bio:
Ana Arjona is Associate Professor at the Department of Political Science at Northwestern University. She was the Director of the Center for the Study of Security and Drugs at Los Andes University in Bogota, Colombia in 2018-2019, where she is now Associate Researcher. She obtained her PhD in political science from Yale University (with distinction), and has been a Fellow at the Earth Institute at Columbia University and the Kellogg Institute for International Studies at the University of Notre Dame. Her research investigates the dynamics and legacies of organized violence, especially civil wars and organized crime, local governance, state building, and the foundations of political order. She is the author of the award-winning book Rebelocracy: Social Order in Civil War (Cambridge University Press, 2016), co-editor of Rebel Governance in Civil War (Cambridge University Press, 2015), and author of several articles and book chapters.

Dissertation:  Social Order in Civil War

Onur Bakiner
Seattle University
Department of Political Science

Contact Information:
bakinero@seattleu.edu

Personal Website:
https://onurbakiner.me/

C.V.

PhD Awarded: 2010-2011

Current position:
Assistant Professor of Political Science

Bio:
Onur Bakiner is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Seattle University. His past research on truth commissions will be published under the title Truth Commissions: Memory, Power, and Legitimacy by University of Pennsylvania Press. Currently he has been working on a research projectexamining judicial actors during prolonged internal conflict in Colombia and Turkey. His research and teaching interests include transitional justice, human rights and judicial politics, particularly in Latin America and the Middle East. His articles have been published in the International Journal of Transitional Justice, Nationalities Papers, and Memory Studies.

Dissertation: Coming to Terms with the Past Power, Memory and Legitimacy in Truth Commissions

Karisa Cloward
Southern Methodist University
Political Science Department

Contact:
kcloward@smu.edu

PhD Awarded: 2010-2011

Current Position:
Assistant Professor of Political Science

Bio:
Karisa Cloward is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Southern Methodist University. Her book, “When Norms Collide: Local Responses to Activism Against Female Genital Mutilation and Early Marriage,” is forthcoming with Oxford University Press. Her work has been published in International Organization and Studies in Comparative International Development. She is the winner of the 2015 Robert O. Keohane Award for best research article published in International Organization by an untenured scholar.

Dissertation: When Norms Collide: Micro-Level Responses to the Transnational Campaign Against Gender-Based Violence

Dominika Koter
Colgate University

Personal Website:
https://sites.google.com/a/colgate.edu/dkoter/

PhD Awarded: 2010-2011

Current Position:
Associate Professor of Political Science

Bio:
Dominika Koter is Associate Professor of Political Science at Colgate University. She is the author of Beyond Ethnic Politics in Africa (Cambridge University Press, 2016). Her work has also appeared in journals such as World Politics, African Affairs, National and Ethnic Politics and the Journal of Modern African Studies. She received the Gregory Luebbert Award for Best Article in Comparative Politics and the African Politics Conference Groups’ award for best article published on African politics in 2013. She serves on the editorial board of Nationalities Papers and is an associate editor of the African Studies Review.

Dissertation: Ties and Votes: Social Structure and Electoral Politics in Africa

Xiaobo Lu
University of Texas, Austin

Personal Website:
https://www.xiaobolu.com/

PhD Awarded: 2010-2011

Current Position: 
Associate Professor of Government

Dissertation:  The Political Causes and Consequences of Inequality of Opportunity

Joel A. Middleton
University of California, Berkeley
Department of Political Science

Contact:
joel.middleton@gmail.com

Personal Website:
https://www.joelmiddleton.com/

PhD Awarded: 2010-2011
 

Current Position: 
Assistant Professor, Political Science

Juli F. Minoves-Triquell
University of La Verne, California
 Liberal International, the World Federation of Liberal Parties

PhD Awarded: 2010-2011

Current Position: 
Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of the International Studies Institute and President of Honour of Liberal International, the World Federation of Liberal Parties

Bio:
Dr. Minoves has an undergraduate degree in Economics from the University of Fribourg (Switzerland), and two Master Degrees and a Ph. D. with distinction in Political Science from Yale University (USA). He wrote his dissertation “Monarchy: A Democratic Paradox” at Yale under the direction of Juan J. Linz and David R. Cameron. Minoves has served as Foreign Minister of Andorra, and as Minister of Economic Development, Tourism, Culture and Universities, as well as Ambassador Permanent Representative of Andorra to the United Nations, Ambassador to the US and Canada, to the Kingdom of Spain, to the United Kingdom, to Switzerland, to Finland and Observer to the WTO. Dr. Minoves was the 13th President of Liberal International (LI) (2014-2018)

Dissertation:  Monarchy, A Democratic Paradox: The Head of State in European Parliamentary Democracies

Robert Person
United States Military Academy, West Point

Contact Information:
robert.person@westpoint.edu

Personal Website:
https://www.robert-person.com/

PhD Awarded: 2010-2011

Current Position: 
Associate Professor of International Relations

Bio:
Robert Person is an Associate Professor of International Relations at the United States Military Academy (West Point) and Director of Curriculum for West Point’s International Affairs Program. He is also a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a resident fellow of West Point’s Modern War Institute. Dr. Person holds a Ph.D. in political science from Yale University and an M.A. in Russian, East European, and Eurasian studies from Stanford University. His research and teaching focus on the foreign and domestic politics of Russia and the post-Soviet states, political economy, nationalism and identity, and mass regime support in nondemocratic countries. His current book project, entitled “Russia’s Grand Strategy in the 21st Century” will be published by the Brookings Institution Press in 2022.

Dissertation:  Nothing to Gain But Your Chains: Popular Support for Democracy and Authoritarianism in the Former Soviet Union

Abbey Steele
University of Amsterdam

Contact Information:
abbey.steele@uva.nl

Personal Website:
https://www.abbeysteele.net/

Publications:
Democracy and Displacement in Colombia’s Civil War, Cornell University Press 2017

PhD Awarded: 2010-2011

Current Position: 
Associate Professor

Bio:
Abbey Steele is an associate professor of political science at the University of Amsterdam, and holds a PhD in political science from Yale University (2010). Her research interests include civil war violence, civilian displacement, and state-building. She has been an assistant professor at the Maxwell School at Syracuse University, a visiting scholar at Kobe University in Japan, and a post-doctoral fellow at Princeton University with the Empirical Studies of Conflict project. Her book, Democracy and Displacement in Colombia’s Civil War (2017, Cornell University Press), draws on nearly two years of fieldwork in Colombia, and explains how democratic reforms led counterinsurgent groups to engage in political cleansing. She is currently researching state-building and the peace process in Colombia, and resettlement patterns of displaced civilians. Her work has been published or is forthcoming in the Journal of Peace Research, the Journal of Conflict Resolution, and the American Political Science Review.

Dissertation:  Unsettling: Civilian Displacement during Civil Wars

PhD award 2009-2010

Laia Balcells Ventura
Georgetown University
Department of Government

Personal Website:
https://www.laiabalcells.com/

PhD Awarded: 2009-2010

Current Position: 
Provost’s Distinguished Associate Professor
 

Brandon Kinne
University of California, Davis

Contact Information:
bkinne@ucdavis.edu

Personal Website:
https://www.brandonkinne.com

PhD Awarded: 2009-2010

Current Position:
Associate Professor of Political Science

Bio:
Brandon Kinne is an associate professor of political science at the University of California, Davis. His research explores international networks in the areas of militarized conflict, intergovernmental organization, and bilateral cooperation. He also conducts research in international security more broadly, primarily on issues of credible signaling and audience costs, and on the international relations of nondemocratic regimes. His published work has appeared in International Organization, British Journal of Political Science, American Political Science Review, The Journal of Politics, International Studies Quarterly, The Journal of Conflict Resolution, and elsewhere.

Dissertation:   Beyond the Dyad: How Networks of Economic Interdependence and Political Integration Reduce Interstate Conflict

Christopher B. Mann
Skidmore College

Personal Website:
www.christopherbmann.com

PhD Awarded: 2009-2010

Current Position:
Assistant Professor

Dissertation:   The Impact of Cost and the Role of Message in Voter Mobilization: Registration, Vote by Mail, and Election Day Field Experiments

Nigel Thalakada
Government of Canada, Department of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness

Contact Information:
Nthalakada@yahoo.com

PhD Awarded: 2009-2010

Current Position: 
Manager, policy development

Bio:
Over 20 years’ experience in the federal govnerment (Canada), mostly at the Department of National Defence, NATO headquarters, Privy Council Office (cabinet office), and currently Dept of Public Safety (homeland security dept.); have worked mostly in policy analysis and advisory capacity at national/bilateral/multilateral levels on issues such as continental defence cooperation, Nato strategy, defence procurement, intelligence analysis, national security operations and border management.

Dissertation:   From balance of power to management of power: unipolarity and the evolution of America’s cold war

Shatema Threadcraft
Vanderbilt University

PhD Awarded: 2009-2010

Current Position: 
Associate Professor of Gender and Sexuality Studies, Philosophy and Political Science

Dissertation:   To Labor Free and Equal: The Black Female Body and the Body Politic

PhD award 2008-2009

Sonali Chakravarti
Wesleyan University

PhD Awarded: 2008-2009

Current Position: 
Associate Professor of Government

Bio:
Sonali Chakravarti’s writing and teaching is concerned with how ordinary citizens engage with unusual political roles and responsibilities. She is the author of Sing the Rage: Listening to Anger after Mass Violence (University of Chicago Press, 2014) which considered the ways anger was heard and thwarted at the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission (1996-1998). Through examining the testimonies given at the TRC, she puts forth a model of the cognitive, confrontational, and kinetic dimensions of anger, each with its potential for expanding the demos in a way that fortifies trust, if only the audience knew how to take it up.

Her book Radical Enfranchisement in the Jury Room and Public Life (University of Chicago Press, 2019) considers what it would mean to change the way we educate jurors to make them more aware of the distinctive role they play in legitimating (and denying) punishment enacted by the state. Radical enfranchisement requires a more ambitious standard for civic education and is motivated by two sets of ideals: the first is accuracy in assessing evidence without recourse to bias and the second is a heightened appreciation for the authority a jury has to legitimate or deny punishment for the defendant as a decision distinct from their reflection on the evidence. The book posits three key moments in the trial: the standard of reasonable doubt, the hung jury, and jury nullification as critical to fomenting the ideal of radical enfranchisement.

Dissertation:   Anger, Resentment, Depair: Negative Emotions and the Political Philosophy of Truth Commissions

Stephen M. Engel
Bates College

PhD Awarded: 2008-2009

Current Position: 
Professor of Politics and Faculty Fellow in Student Affairs

Bio:
I am Professor of Politics at Bates College as well as Faculty Fellow in Student Affairs. I am also an Affiliated Scholar of the American Bar Foundation in Chicago (www.abfn.org). My research and teaching focus on American political development, constitutional law, and social movements, particularly LGBTQ+ socio-political and legal mobilization. In 2018 I was honored to receive from Bates the Ruth M. and Robert H. Kroepsch Award for Excellence in Teaching. I have authored four books. My most recent book is Disrupting Dignity: Rethinking Power and Progress in LGBTQ+ Lives. It is co-authored with Timothy Lyle of Iona College and is forthcoming from NYU Press in June 2021.

Dissertation:   ‘A Mere Party Machine’? Judicial Authority, Party Development, and the Changing Politics of Attacking the Court

Josip Glaurdic
University of Luxembourg

PhD Awarded: 2008-2009

Current Position: 
Associate Professor of Political Science

Bio:
Josip Glaurdić joined the University of Luxembourg as an Associate Professor of Political Science in April 2017. He is also a holder of the European Research Council Starting Grant for his 2017-2022 project ELWar (Electoral Legacies of War). Prior to coming to Luxembourg, he was a Junior Visiting Fellow at the Institut für die Wissenschaften vom Menschen in Vienna (2008), Fellow of Clare College, University of Cambridge (2008-2017), and a Leverhulme Early Career Research Fellow (2012-2016) at Cambridge’s Department of Politics and International Studies.

Dissertation:   United in Failure: Foundations of Post-Cold War Europe and the Dissolution of Yugoslavia

Michael A. Helfand
Pepperdine Caruso School of Law

PhD Awarded: 2008-2009

Current Position: 
Vice Dean for Faculty and Research; Professor of Law

Bio:
Michael (Avi) Helfand is Professor of Law and Vice Dean for Faculty and Research at Pepperdine Caruso School of Law as well as Interim Director of Pepperdine Law’s Nootbaar Institute on Law, Religion and Ethics. He is also a Visiting Professor and Oscar M. Ruebhausen Distinguished Fellow at Yale Law School where he teaches seminar on religious liberty. He received his J.D. from Yale Law School and his Ph.D. in Political Science from Yale University.

His academic articles have appeared in numerous law journals, including the Yale Law Journal and the New York University Law Review. Professor Helfand also often provides commentary on clashes between law and religion, writing for various general audience publications, including the Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, and the Forward.

Dissertation:  A Liberalism of Sincerity: Lockean Toleration and the Internal Point of View

Nicole Kazee
Erie Family Health Centers

Contact:
nicolekazee@gmail.com

PhD Awarded: 2008-2009

Current Position:
Senior Vice President, Strategy and Business Development

Bio:
Nicole Kazee is the Senior Vice President for Strategy and Business Development at Erie Family Health Centers, a network of community health centers in the Chicago area with 13 locations and over 80,000 patients. As a member of Erie’s executive team, Dr. Kazee oversees strategic planning and ongoing pursuit of strategic objectives, as well as business development, managed care, marketing, communications, community engagement, public policy, and government relations. Previously, she served as the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Strategy at the University of Illinois Hospital and Health Sciences System, which includes an academic hospital, physician group, community health center, and seven health sciences colleges. She received her PhD in political science from Yale University, where her research focused on Medicaid policymaking.

Dissertation:   Walmart Welfare

Harris Mylonas
George Washington University

Contact Information:
mylonas@gwu.edu

Personal Website:
https://harrismylonas.com/

PhD Awarded: 2008-2009

Current Position:
Associate Professor of Political Science and International Affairs

Bio:
Harris Mylonas’s research contributes to our understanding of states’ management of diversity that may originate from national minorities, immigrants, diasporas, or refugees. His work emphasizes and explores the importance of international security considerations in domestic policy-making. His book, The Politics of Nation-Building: Making Co-Nationals, Refugees, and Minorities (Cambridge University Press, 2013), won the 2014 European Studies Book Award by the Council for European Studies and The Peter Katzenstein Book Prize in 2013. His work has been published in the American Review of Political Science, Comparative Political Studies, Security Studies, Perspectives on Politics, European Journal of Political Research, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Nations and Nationalism, Social Science Quarterly, Ethnopolitics, and Territory, Politics, Governance as well as various edited volumes. Mylonas is Associate Professor of Political Science and International Affairs at George Washington University and the editor-in-chief of Nationalities Papers, a peer-reviewed journal published by Cambridge University Press.

Dissertation:  Assimilation and its Alternatives: The Making of Co-Nationals, Refugees and Minorities

 

Nasos Roussias
University of Sheffield
Department of Politics

Contact:
nasos.roussias@gmail.com

PhD Awarded: 2008-2009

Current Position: 
Lecturer, Department of Politics

Dissertation: Party System Evolution in Transitional Democracies: Learning and Strategic Coordination

Stephen Shewfelt
Ingenuity, Inc.

PhD Awarded: 2008-2009

Current Position:
Director of Data and Research

Bio:
Steve Shewfelt is Director of Data & Research at Ingenuity, where he advances data-driven decision making for arts education through Ingenuity’s one-of-a-kind artlook® platform and data and research projects like the annual State of the Arts report. Steve has led research and evaluation projects for foundations and arts and culture organizations at Slover Linett Audience Research and served as the deputy director of the Office of Research & Analysis at the National Endowment for the Arts. Steve has conducted quantitative and qualitative research for the Department of Defense, the World Bank, the UNDP, and the Carter Center. His research has taken him throughout the United States and to Afghanistan, Indonesia, and Bosnia. He holds a PhD from Yale University, an MA from DePaul University, and a BA from Northwestern University. He is a veteran of the U.S. Navy.

PhD award 2007-2008

Rafaela Dancygier
Princeton University

Contact:
rdancygi@princeton.edu

Personal Website:
https://scholar.princeton.edu/rdancygi/home

C.V.

PhD Awarded: 2007-2008

Current Position: 
Professor of Politics and Public and International Affairs

Bio:
Rafaela Dancygier’s work has examined the domestic consequences of immigration, the political representation of ethnic minorities, and discrimination and ethnic conflict. Dancygier’s current work investigates electoral realignments in Europe and the US, with a focus on electoral geography, housing and gender. Her 2010 book Immigration and Conflict in Europe explains how immigration regimes and local political economies determine whether or not immigration destinations witness conflict between immigrants and natives, between immigrants and the state, or no conflict at all. Her 2017 book, Dilemmas of Inclusion: Muslims in European Politics examines how minority groups are incorporated into politics and explores the consequences of this inclusion for the nature of party politics and electoral cleavages. Her other work has appeared in outlets such as the American Journal of Political Science, American Political Science Review, Annual Review of Political Science, Journal of Politics, Comparative Political Studies, World Politics and in edited volumes.

Dissertation:   Immigration and Conflict

Nandini Deo
Lehigh University

PhD Awarded: 2007-2008

Current Position: 
Associate Professor of Political Science

Bio:
Nandini Deo works on civil society, social movements, gender, and religion in South Asia. She experiments with student led pedagogy in her courses. She is raising three children in Philadelphia.

Dissertation:   An Organizational Approach to Social Movement Success

Takeshi Ito
Sophia University

Personal Website:
https://kasasustainability.org

PhD Awarded: 2007-2008

Current Position: 
Associate Professor of Political Science

Bio:
His research lies at the intersection of ecology, capitalism, and the state. It explores how interactions on multiple scales between human and non-human actors embedded in particular institutional and ecological settings produce social and ecological inequality with a focus on sustainability. His research interests include Agrarian and Environmental Change, Political Economy of Development, and theories of Hegemony and Resistance.

Dissertation:  State Formation at the Grassroots: Civil Society, Decentralization, and Democracy

Stephen Kosack
University of Washington

PhD Awarded: 2007-2008

Current Position: 
Associate Professor of Public Policy and Governance, Evans School of Public Policy and Governance

Bio:
Stephen Kosack is Associate Professor of Public Policy and Governance at the University of Washington, Seattle, and Senior Research Fellow at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard. He is a political scientist who focuses on how governments become more responsive and effective for citizens without unusual wealth or other advantages. He has written on human development, education, civil society, transparency and accountability, foreign aid, foreign-direct investment, and democratic governance in the British Journal of Political Science, International Organization, the Annual Review of Political Science, World Development, and Comparative Education; in two books, The Education of Nations (Oxford University Press, 2012), and From the Ground Up (Brookings Institution Press, 2010; with Charles Griffin and Courtney Tolmie); and in policy papers for organizations including the UNDP and the Brookings Institution. He received his Ph.D. in political science in 2008 from Yale University, was previously a labor policy advisor to the late Senator Ted Kennedy and a research fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington, and taught at Brown, the London School of Economics, and Harvard.

Elizabeth Saunders
Georgetown University

PhD Awarded: 2007-2008

Current Position: 
Associate Professor in the School of Foreign Service and Security Studies Program

Bio:
Elizabeth N. Saunders is an Associate Professor in the School of Foreign Service and a core faculty member in the Security Studies Program at Georgetown University.  She is also a non-resident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution.  Previously, she was an Associate Professor at George Washington University. Her research and teaching interests focus on international security and U.S. foreign policy, including the presidency and foreign policy, and the politics of using force.  Her book, Leaders at War: How Presidents Shape Military Interventions, was published in 2011 by Cornell University Press and won the 2012 Jervis-Schroeder Best Book Award from APSA’s International History and Politics section.  She has previously been a Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations; a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars; a postdoctoral fellow at the Olin Institute for Strategic Studies at Harvard University; a Brookings Institution Research Fellow in Foreign Policy Studies; and a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow.  She holds an A.B. in physics and astronomy and astrophysics from Harvard College; an M.Phil. in international relations from the University of Cambridge; and a Ph.D. in political science from Yale University.

Justin Zaremby
Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP

Contact:
justin.zaremby@aya.yale.edu

PhD Awarded: 2007-2008

Current Position: 
Senior Associate, Tax-Exempt Organizations and Museum and Art Law

Bio:
Justin Zaremby is a senior associate in the Tax-Exempt Organizations and Museum and Art Law practices of Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP where he represents a range of public charities and private foundations, including universities, museums, and other tax-exempt entities on a variety of matters including corporate governance, charitable giving, program-related investing, and international grant making. Justin received his B.A., Ph.D. and J.D. from Yale, where he taught in the Directed Studies and Political Science programs and received a Prize Teaching Fellowship for distinguished undergraduate teaching. After law school, Justin served as a Law Clerk to the Hon. José A. Cabranes of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and practiced corporate law at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP. He is the author of Legal Realism and American Law (Bloomsbury, 2014), Directed Studies and the Evolution of American General Education (Yale University, 2006), and has published articles and book reviews in numerous journals including the Yale Journal of Law and the Humanities, the Rutgers Law Review, and The New Criterion.

Dissertation:   Serving Two Masters: The Intellectual as Political Advisor

PhD award 2006-2007

Sonu Bedi
Dartmouth College

PhD Awarded: 2006-2007

Current Position: 
Joel Parker 1811 Professor in Law and Political Science and Professor of Government

Chinyelu Kambui Lee
Office of the Legal Adviser, U.S. Department of State

PhD Awarded: 2006-2007

Current Position: 
Attorney-Adviser

Bio:
Chinyelu “Chu” Lee is an Attorney-Adviser in the Office of the Legal Adviser of the U.S. Department of State. Prior to joining the State Department, he was an associate at an international law firm, where he represented clients with cross border transactions that were potentially of interest to the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States or otherwise involving foreign ownership, control or influence. Prior to his legal career, Chinyelu worked and conducted research in Malawi and Zambia to address or better understand, respectively, the neocolonial implications of the international response to AIDS and the role of multinational NGOs more generally.

Dissertation:   The Sacred, the Secular and the Sick: The Church and the Politics of AIDS in Malawi

PhD award 2005-2006

Nancy Brune
Guinn Center

Contact Information:
nbrune@guinncenter.org

PhD Awarded: 2005-2006

Current Position: 
Founding Executive Director/CEO

Bio:
Nancy Brune, Ph.D. is the founding Executive Director of the Guinn Center, a policy research center in Nevada. She is a Senior Fellow at the UNLV Boyd School of Law. In 2016, President Obama appointed Brune to the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics. She is the author of over 90 peer-reviewed journal articles, reports, essays, blogs, and op-eds. She is a columnist with The Nevada Independent and her work has appeared in IMF Staff Papers, Social Science and Medicine, Foreign Policy Analysis, and Americas Quarterly. Brune received her Ph.D. from Yale University and her M.P.P. and B.A. degrees from Harvard University. She has held research fellowships at Princeton University and University of Pennsylvania. Brune has compiled two original, global databases on financial openness and privatization, which have been used by researchers at the IMF, University of California at Berkeley, Harvard Business School, and OECD. Prior to joining the Guinn Center, she was a Senior Policy Analyst at Sandia National Laboratories. In addition, Brune served as an Adjunct Senior Fellow at the Center for A New American Security. Brune has consulted for the Harvard School of Public Health, JPMorgan Chase, U.S. International Development Corporation, and World Bank. She has taught at Nevada State College, UNLV, and UNM. The product of a Mexican father and an English mother, Brune was raised in a household that emphasized public service and is active on many local boards. Brune is a member of CFR, U.S. Global Leadership Coalition, International Institute for Strategic Studies, and Pacific  Council on International Policy, and is a Truman National Security Project Fellow.

Dissertation:  Financial Liberalization in Developing Countries

H. Abbie Erler
Kenyon College

PhD Awarded: 2005-2006

Current Position:
Associate Professor of Political Science, Department Char, Faculty Director of Community-Engaged Learning

Bio:
H. Abbie Erler has been a faculty member at Kenyon College since 2005. She teaches classes on public policy, constitutional law, and the American presidency. Her current research focuses on women’s representation in state legislatures. It seeks to explain the impact of legislative term limits and legislative professionalization on women’s representation across U.S. states. In addition, she serves as the Faculty Director of Community-Engaged Learning at Kenyon. Prof. Erler and her students have worked with numerous community organizations on projects addressing issues such as childhood literacy, mental health and juvenile justice, and childhood obesity.

Dissertation:   So much to do, so little time: Term limits and state fiscal policy

Robin J. Hayes
Progressive Pupil

Contact:
community@progressivepupil.org

PhD Awarded: 2005-2006

Current Position: 
Creative Director

Bio:
Dr. Robin J. Hayes earned a scholarship to attend the elite New England boarding school St. George’s and studied at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. After college, she led dozens of humanitarian aid caravans to Mexico, Nicaragua, and Cuba. At Yale, she became the first person to complete a combined PhD in political science and African American studies. During her time as a professor at Williams, Northwestern, The New School, and UC Riverside, Robin wrote, produced, and directed the award-winning documentary Black and Cuba (Amazon, Kanopy), contributed to The Atlantic and produced the prize-winning play 9 Grams (directed by Emmy/Obie winner S. Epatha Merkerson). Her nonfiction book Love for Liberation:  African Independence, Black Power and a Diaspora Underground is forthcoming 2021 on the University of Washington Press. Currently, Robin works as a screenwriter in Los Angeles represented the United Talent Agency (UTA) and Rain Management Group.

Dissertation:   “ ‘I Used the Term ‘Negro’ and I was Firmly Corrected’: African Independence, Black Power, and Channels of Diasporic Resistance”

Rachel Milstein Sondheimer
United States Military Academy, West Point
Department of Social Sciences

Contact:
rachel.sondheimer@usma.edu

PhD Awarded: 2005-2006

Current Position: 
Associate Professor and Director, American Politics Program

Bio:
Rachel Milstein Sondheimer is an Associate Professor and the Director of the American Politics program in the Department of Social Sciences. She came to West Point in 2006 after receiving her PhD in Political Science from Yale in 2006. Rachel currently teaches SS468: Political Participation and SS360: Political Analysis.  She has taught a variety of courses, including Politics and the Media, Campaigns and Elections, Race, Gender, and Sexuality, Public Policymaking, American Politics, Advanced American Politics, and Public Administration and Bureaucracy.

Dissertation: The Education-Participation Nexus: Rethinking Conventional Wisdom with Randomized and Natural Experiments

Annalisa Zinn
Quinnipiac University

PhD Awarded: 2005-2006

Current Position: 
Vice President for Academic Innovation and Effectiveness

PhD award 2004-2005

Matthew Green
The Catholic University of America

Contact Information:
202-319-5667
Catholic University of America
408 Columbus School of Law
Washington, D.C. 20064

Personal Website:
https://sites.google.com/a/cua.edu/matthew-n-green/

PhD Awarded: 2004-2005

Current Position:
Professor and Chair

Bio:
Matthew Green is professor of politics and department chair at the Catholic University of America and an associate fellow at the Institute for Policy Research and Catholic Studies. His recent books include Legislative Hardball: The House Freedom Caucus and the Power of Threat-Making in Congress (Cambridge University Press, 2019), Choosing the Leader: Leadership Elections in the U.S. House of Representatives (with Douglas Harris, Yale University Press, 2019), and Underdog Politics: The Minority Party in the U.S. House of Representatives (Yale University Press, 2015). He has published articles in American Politics Research, Electoral Studies, Legislative Studies Quarterly, Political Research Quarterly, and other peer-reviewed journals. He is also a staff writer for the political party blog Mischiefs of Faction.

Dissertation:  Speakers of the House of Representatives and the Exercise of Legislative Leadership

Alexandra G Guisinger
Temple University, College of Liberal Arts

Contact:
alexandraguisinger@gmail.com

C.V.

PhD Awarded: 2004-2005

Current Position:
Associate Professor

Bio:
Alexandra Guisinger is an Associate Professor of Political Science at Temple University. Her research broadly considers domestic and international reactions to countries’ trade, capital, and exchange rate policies. Her current research on public opinion and foreign policy focuses on how and when voters form opinions and when those opinions matter. In, her book American Opinion on Trade (Oxford 2017), she identifies previously overlooked sources of protectionist sentiment such as gender and race-based employment concerns and race-based ideas about which groups deserve redistribution.

Dissertation:   Understanding Cross-Country Patterns in Trade Liberalization

Douglas Woodwell
University of Indianapolis

Contact:
woodwelld@uindy.edu
1921 Winslet Place, Apt 1B
Indianapolis, IN 46217

PhD Awarded: 2004-2005

Current Position:
Professor of International Relations

Bio:
Dr. Douglas Woodwell is Professor of International Relations at the University of Indianapolis where he teaches courses in international conflict, terrorism, research methodologies, and the history of nuclear weapons and power. Dr. Woodwell has produced several publications and authored two books: Nationalism in International Relations and Research Foundations: How We Know What We Know. He has served in several university positions during recent years, including as Vice President of the faculty Senate, chair of the Promotion and Tenure committee, and leader of the Faculty Committee on Student Evaluation. He is active in the community as well, having served as the founder and facilitator of a support group for spinal cord injured people at the Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana, as the regional director for the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, and as a board member of Accessability, an advocacy and service-provision public-state partnership for the disabled community.

Dissertation:   Nationalism in International Relations: Norms, Foreign Policy, and Enmity

PhD award 2003-2004

Ethan J Leib
Fordham Law School

Contact:
ethan.leib@law.fordham.edu
(212) 636-7490
Fordham Law School
150 West 62nd Street
New York City 10023

PhD Awarded: 2003-2004

Current Position:
John D Calamari Distinguished Professor of Law

Bio:
Ethan J. Leib is Professor of Law at Fordham Law School. He teaches in contracts, legislation, and regulation. His most recent book, Friend v. Friend: Friendships and What, If Anything, the Law Should Do About Them, explores the costs and benefits of the legal recognition of and sensitivity to friendship; it was published by Oxford University Press. Leib’s scholarly articles have recently appeared in the Yale Law Journal, Virginia Law Review, Georgetown Law Journal, University of Pennsylvania Law Review, University of Chicago Law Review, California Law Review, and elsewhere. He has also written for a broader audience in the New York Times, USA Today, Policy Review, Washington Post, New York Law Journal, The American Scholar, and The New Republic. Before joining Fordham, Leib was Professor of Law at the University of California–Hastings in San Francisco. He has served as a Law Clerk to then-Chief Judge John M. Walker, Jr., of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and as a Litigation Associate at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP in New York.

Dissertation:  Deliberative Democracy in America

Willem Maas
York University

PhD Awarded: 2003-2004

Current Position:
Professor and Jean Monnet Chair

Bio:
Willem Maas, Jean Monnet Chair and Professor of Political Science, Public & International Affairs, and Socio-Legal Studies at York University, chaired Glendon Political Science for three and a half years, Glendon Faculty Council for four, and is also active in professional service, including currently chairing the CES Territorial Politics and Federalism RN, serving on the executive of IPSA’s Migration and Citizenship RC, and remaining active in APSA’s Migration and Citizenship section, which he co-founded. Professor Maas has held appointments at NYU, Leiden, EUI, and elsewhere, and writes on EU and multilevel citizenship, migration, borders, free movement, and politics focusing on Europe and North America.

Sarah Song
University of California, Berkeley

PhD Awarded: 2003-2004

Current Position: 
Professor of Law and Political Science

Bio:
She is a political theorist with a special interest in issues of democracy, citizenship, immigration, and inequality. Her primary appointment is in the PhD Program in Jurisprudence and Social Policy (JSP) at Berkeley Law School, where she teaches courses in political and legal philosophy, citizenship and immigration law, feminist theory and jurisprudence, and First Amendment law. Song is the author of Justice, Gender, and the Politics of Multiculturalism (Cambridge University Press, 2007), which won the 2008 Ralph Bunche Award from the American Political Science Association. The book explores the challenges of religious and cultural diversity by examining tensions between multiculturalism and women’s rights. Her second book, Immigration and Democracy (Oxford University Press, 2018), explores the values and principles that shape and ought to shape public debate about immigration.

Dissertation:  Culture, Gender, and Equality

PhD award 2002-2003

Mary Comerford Cooper
Tusculum University

Contact Information:
mcooper@tusculum.edu

PhD Awarded: 2002-2003

Current Position: 
Associate Professor and Director, Honors Program

Bio:
Mary Cooper is an Associate Professor and Director of the Honors Program at Tusculum University in Greeneville, TN. She teaches a wide variety of courses, including American Politics, Comparative Politics, Elections, and Gender and Politics.

Dissertation:   Returning Shares to the People? The Politics of the Stock Market in China

Jamie Morin
The Aerospace Corporation

PhD Awarded: 2002-2003

Current Position: 
Vîce President of Defense Systems Operations and Executive Director of the Center for Space Policy and Strategy

Bio:
After Yale, Jamie worked 6 years as the senior defense analyst at the US Senate Budget Committee prior to being appointed by President Obama as the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Financial Management. He was later appointed acting Under Secretary of the Air Force, and in 2014 Director of Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation for the Department of Defense. Beginning in 2017, he joined The Aerospace Corporation, which runs a federally funded research and development center focused on space technology.

Dissertation:   Squaring the Pentagon: the Politics of Post-Cold War Defense Retrenchment

Patricia Nordeen
University of Chicago, 2003-2008

PhD Awarded: 2002-2003

Current Position:
Collegiate Assistant Professor and Harper-Schmidt Fellow

Dissertation:  Adam Ferguson on Civil Society: Enlightenment, Community, and the Market

Jason Sorens
Saint Anselm College

Contact Information:
jsorens@anselm.edu

PhD Awarded: 2002-2003

Current Position: 
Director, Center for Ethics in Business and Governance

Bio:
Jason Sorens is Director of the Center for Ethics in Business and Governance at Saint Anselm College. He received his Ph.D. in political science from Yale University in 2003 and a B.A. in economics and philosophy (with honors) from Washington and Lee University in 1998. He has researched and written more than 20 peer-reviewed journal articles, a book for McGill-Queens University Press titled Secessionism, and a biennially revised book for the Cato Institute, Freedom in the 50 States (with William Ruger). His research has focused on fiscal federalism, U.S. state politics, and movements for regional autonomy and independence around the world. He has taught at Yale, Dartmouth, and the University at Buffalo and twice won awards for best teaching in his department. He lives in Amherst, New Hampshire.

Dissertation:   The Political Economy of Secessionism: Regional Responses to Globalization

PhD award 2001-2002

Greg Forster
Trinity International University

Contact Information:
greg_forster@hotmail.com
gbforster@tiu.edu

PhD Awarded: 2000-2001

Current Position: 
Director of the Oikonomia Network

Bio:
Greg Forster is the director of the Oikonomia Network at the Center for Transformational Churches, and a visiting assistant professor of faith and culture at Trinity Graduate School. He is the author of nine books and editor of six books.

His primary scholarly interest is studying how the structures of culture and civilization (family, work, education, business, politics, etc.) respond to the challenge of the gospel and the ambiguous tensions of religious freedom, in order to equip the church to be good citizens of both the Kingdom of God and our human communities.

Dissertation:   John Locke’s Politics of Moral Consensus

Jeffrey Friedman
Critical Review Foundation

Contact Information:
critical.rev@gmail.com

C.V.

PhD Awarded: 2000-2001

Current Position: 
Visiting Scholar, Committee on Degrees in Social Studies, Harvard University

Dissertation:   The Politics of Communitarianism and the Emptiness of Liberalism

Nathan Jensen
University of Texas-Austin

PhD Awarded: 2000-2001

Current Position: 
Professor in the Department of Government

Bio:
Nathan Jensen is a Professor in the Department of Government at the University of Texas-Austin.  He only speaks in the third person for the purposes of website bios. He was previously an associate professor in the Department of International Business at George Washington University (2014-2016) and associate professor in the Political Science Department at Washington University in St. Louis (2002-2014). He teaches courses and conducts research on government economic development strategies, firm non-market strategies and business-government relations,  the politics of oil and natural resources, political risk in emerging markets, trade policy, and international institutions.  Not all at once.

Colleen Shogan
White House Historical Association

Contact Information:
cshogan@whha.org

PhD Awarded: 2000-2001

Current Position: 
Senior Vice President

Bio:
Colleen Shogan is a Senior Vice President at the White House Historical Association and serves as the Director of the David Rubenstein Center for White House History. Previously, Colleen worked for over a decade at the Library of Congress, serving as the Deputy Director of the Congressional Research Service (CRS) and the Assistant Deputy Librarian of Collections and Services. Colleen also served as the Vice Chair of the Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission, the federal entity charged with commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Nineteenth Amendment. She has written for scholarly journals, blogs, and newspapers and published “The Moral Rhetoric of American Presidents” with Texas A&M Press. She has also written numerous political novels set on Capitol Hill. She was the President of the National Capital Area Political Science Association and served an elected term on the APSA Council.

Dissertation:   Presidential Moral Rhetoric: Leadership, Strategy, and Development

Meredith Weiss
University at Albany, SUNY

C.V.

PhD Awarded: 2001-2002

Current Position: 
Professor

PhD award 2000-2001

Stephen G. Brooks
Dartmouth College

Contact Information:
603-646-2735
stephen.g.brooks@dartmouth.edu

C.V.

PhD Awarded: 2000-2001

Current Position: 
Professor of Government

Bio:
Stephen G. Brooks is a Professor of Government at Dartmouth, and has previously held fellowships at Harvard and Princeton. His research examines two general topics: U.S. grand strategy and how economic factors influence security affairs. He is the author of four books: Producing Security: Multinational Corporations, Globalization, and the Changing Calculus of Conflict (Princeton, 2005); World out of Balance: International Relations and the Challenge of American Primacy (Princeton, 2008); America Abroad: The United States’ Global Role in the 21st Century (Oxford, 2016); and Political Economy of International Security (Princeton, forthcoming). He has published numerous articles in journals such as International Security, International Organization, Foreign Affairs, Journal of Conflict Resolution, Journal of Politics, Perspectives on Politics, and Security Studies. He received his Ph.D. in Political Science with Distinction from Yale, where his dissertation received the Helen Dwight Reid Award for the best doctoral dissertation in international relations, law, and politics.

Dissertation:   The Globalization of Production and International Security

Jacob S. Hacker
Yale University

Contact Information:
jacob.hacker@yale.edu

Personal Website:
https://jacobhacker.com

PhD Awarded: 2000-2001

Current Position: 
Stanley Resor Professor of Political Science

Bio:
Jacob S. Hacker is Stanley Resor Professor of Political Scienceat Yale University. Until July 2020, he was Director of the Institution for Social and Policy Studies, where he is a resident fellow. A regular policy advisor and expert commentator, he is the author or co-author of six books, numerous journal articles and a wide range of popular writings on American politics and public policy. His latest book, written with Paul Pierson, is “Let Them Eat Tweets: How the Right Rules in an Age of Extreme Inequality.” His recent honors include a fellowship at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study and induction into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Dissertation: Boundary Wars: The Political Struggle over Public and Private Social Benefits in the United States

Eileen Hunt Botting
University of Notre Dame

Personal Website:
https://eileenhuntbotting.academia.edu/

PhD Awarded: 2000-2001

Current Position: 
Professor of Political Science

Bio:
Eileen Hunt Botting is a political theorist whose scholarly interests cover modern political thought, feminism, the family, rights, ethics of technology, and philosophy and literature. Her books are ‘Family Feuds: Wollstonecraft, Burke, and Rousseau on the Transformation of the Family’ (SUNY, 2006), ‘Wollstonecraft, Mill, and Women’s Human Rights’ (Yale, 2016), and ‘Mary Shelley and the Rights of the Child: Political Philosophy in “Frankenstein” ’ (Penn Press, 2017), plus several edited volumes and scholarly editions. She has two new books forthcoming in 2020-21: ‘Artificial Life After Frankenstein’ (Penn Press) and ‘Portraits of Wollstonecraft’ (Bloomsbury Philosophy). She has received grants and fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies (2015-16), the Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study (2019), and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Public Understanding of Science, Technology & Economics Program (2019-20) to support her writing. Her essays, political analyses, and opinion pieces have appeared in Aeon Magazine, The Washington Post, The New York Times, and The TLS.

Dissertation:   Revolution in a Little Platoon: Wollstonecraft, Burke, and Rousseau on the Transformation of the Family

Jaechun Kim
Sogang University

Contact Information:
(Work) 82-2-705-8684
(Mobile) 82-10-2747-8684
 jaechun@sogang.ac.kr

C.V.

PhD Awarded: 2000-2001

Current Position: 
Professor of International Relations, Graduate School of International Studies (GSIS)

Bio:
Jaechun Kim is a professor of International Relations at the Graduate School of International Studies (GSIS) at Sogang University. He is political scientist trained at Yale University (MA in International Relations; Ph.D. in Political Science). Before joining Sogang, he worked at Yale University as lecturer for the Department of Political Science and Yale Center for the International and Area Studies (YCIAS). He is currently a member of the advisory board for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the Republic of Korea (ROK). He was a member of the Government Performance Evaluation Committee and a member of Presidential Committee for Unification Preparation in ROK. He served as the director of Sogang University’s Institute of International and Area Studies (IIAS) and the dean of Sogang GSIS. He was a Fulbright visiting fellow to the Sigur Center for Asian Studies at George Washington University and a visiting scholar to Denver University. Earlier in his career, he worked for the National Assembly of ROK as a legislative assistant. His research interests include International Security, US Foreign Policy, Northeast Asia Regional Affairs, and Inter-Korean Relations.

Dissertation:  Covert Action and Democratic Peace: Why Democracies Fight Secret Wars

Steven James Wulf
Lawrence University

Contact Information:
Lawrence University
711 E. Boldt Way
Appleton, WI 54911

PhD Awarded: 2000-2001

Current Position: 
Associate Professor of Government

Dissertation:  Political Skepticism: Philosophical Skepticism in Hume, Burke, and Oakeshott’s Political Thought