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 2018

   
     
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Consuelo Amat
Stanford University

Admitted: 2012
PhD. Awarded:  2018

Contact Information:
consueloamat@gmail.com
720-771-0422

Current Position:
Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Bio:
Consuelo Amat is a PhD candidate in political science at Yale University and a United States Institute of Peace JenningsRandolph Peace Scholar. Beginning in Fall 2018 she will be a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society at Stanford University.

Consuelo studies state repression, civil society development, and nonviolent and armed resistance, with a focus on Latin America. Her dissertation, “The Emergence and Consolidation of Opposition to Authoritarian Rule,” examines how opposition to autocratic regimes develops in the face of state repression, specifically during the Pinochet dictatorship in Chile (1973-1989). The United States Institute of Peace, the John F. Enders Foundation, the Tinker Foundation, and Yale University’s MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies have supported her research. Previously, Amat was a Research Assistant at the Brookings Institution’s Foreign Policy program, studying and publishing on security in Latin America, and worked at the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict, tracking ongoing popular struggles. She graduated with BA degrees in international affairs and philosophy from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and holds an MA in conflict resolution from Georgetown University’s government department.

Dissertation:  The Emergence and Consolidation of Opposition to Authoritarian Rule

Currently living in Palo Alto, California.
 

     

Joshua Goodman
St. Lawrence University
Government Department

Personal Website

Admitted: 2011
PhD. Awarded:  2018

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Interests: 

  • foreign policy making
  • Middle East
  • counterinsurgency
  • history
  • Israel-Palestine
  • qualitative and historical methods

Associations and Memberships:

  • American Political Science Association
  • International Studies Association
  • Middle Eastern Studies Association
  • American Historical Association
  • National Association of Underwater Instructors

Publications:

Current Position:
Visiting Assistant Professor of International and Middle Eastern Politics.  I teach undergraduate courses in international relations and Middle Eastern politics, including courses on regional politics, the Arab Spring, and the Arab-Israeli conflict.

Bio:
I study the politics of counterinsurgency strategy and its transformation over the course of a campaign. I examine the ways in which policymakers’ political interests, as well as the wider foreign policy pressures they face, shape their objectives for a counterinsurgency as well as constrain the means available to achieve those objectives. My work is qualitative and historical, drawing on original archival research on the history of the British Empire, especially in the British Mandate for Palestine, to trace the process of strategic planning and how the decisions made at the national policy-making level shape the manifestation of counterinsurgency strategy on the ground.

My research also focuses on regional conflict and cooperation in the Middle East, especially in the Persian Gulf. I received my MA in Middle Eastern History from Tel Aviv University, where I studied tribe-state relations in Sinai, Egypt, and the ways in which accelerating state development shaped Bedouin identity politics and fueled the emergence of an “ethnic” Bedouin identity which formed the basis of tribe-state conflict in the 21st century.

Publications and Articles:

  • Contesting Identities in South Sinai: Development, Transformation, and the Articulation of a “Bedouin” Identity under Egyptian Rule. (2013). Tel Aviv: Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies and Syracuse University Press
  • Egypt’s Assault on Sinai.” (2014). Sada, The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
  • “Explaining Violence in the Sinai Peninsula.” (2013). Muftah.org
  • “Shades of Sinai’s Instability.” (2012). Sada, The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

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

Synopsis of dissertation:
My dissertation examines the role of national policymakers, political interests, and foreign policy pressures in the development and adaptation of counterinsurgency strategy. I draw on cases from the history of the British Empire, especially during the Palestine Mandate, to examine the process of strategic planning in response to anti-Colonial uprisings. I show that conflict strategy, both the objectives of a campaign and the means employed to achieve them, are shaped by the ways in which the campaign is anticipated to affect overarching foreign policy goals, which are shaped by a combination of the personal political interests of policymakers and the strategic pressures they face. This constrains counterinsurgents from effectively developing strategies based on purely local and often leads counterinsurgents to compromise their local objectives in favor of wider geostrategic (and domestic political) priorities. My work is qualitative and archival, drawing on government, military, and private paper collections in the UK and the US.

Currently living in Canton, NY.

     

Paul Linden-Retek
NYU School of Law
Jean Monnet Center

Personal Website

Admitted:2012
PhD Awarded: 2018

Associations and Memberships:

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

   

PhD award 2017

   
     

Natália S. Bueno
Emory University
Department of Political Science

Personal Website

PhD Awarded: 2017

Current Position:  Assistant Professor of Political Science

Interests: Comparative Politics, Political Economy, Latin American Politics

     

Jiyoung Ko
Bates College
Department of Politics

Personal Website

Admitted: 2011
PhD Awarded: 2017

Current Position:  Assistant Professor of Politics

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.

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

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

Personal Website

Admitted:2011
PhD Awarded: 2017

Current Position: Assistant Professor (Starting  September 2018)

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

     

PhD award 2016

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

Personal Website

Admitted: 2011
PhD Awarded: 2016

Current Position:

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
Princeton University
Society of Fellows

Personal Website

Admitted: 2010
PhD Awarded: 2016

Current Position:  Perkins-Cotsen Postdoctoral Fellow, Princeton Society of Fellows

Stefan Eich is a Perkins-Cotsen Postdoctoral Fellow at the Princeton Society of Fellows and a Lecturer in the Department of Politics at Princeton University. He received his Ph.D. from Yale in 2016 and holds previous degrees from the University of Oxford (B.A. in Philosophy, Politics and Economics) and the University of Cambridge (M.Phil. in Political Thought and Intellectual History). Stefan’s research and teaching interests are in political theory and the history of political thought, in particular the political theory of economic and environmental questions. He is currently at work on his first book, entitled “The Currency of Justice: Money and Political Thought.”

Dissertation: The Currency of Justice: Money and Political Thought

     

German G. Feierherd
Yale University
Yale Program on Democracy

Personal Website

Admitted: 2010
PhD Awarded: 2016

Interests: Comparative politics and political economy

Current Position:  Postdoctoral Associate, Yale Program on Democracy

A Doctor at Yale, German was a Pre/Postdoctoral Associate in Political Science at Duke University during 2016-17. Since May 2017, he is a Postdoctoral Associate at Yale’s Program on Democracy. German’s main interest lies at the intersection of comparative politics and political economy, with a focus on economic informality, state capacity, and elections. He is also interested in methods for causal inference in observational and experimental studies.

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

Currently living in New Haven, Connecticut

     

Pia Raffler
Harvard University
Department of Government

Personal Website

PhD Awarded: 2016

Interests: Comparative Politics, Political Economy of Development, African Politics

Current Position:  Assistant Professor of Government

Currently living in Cambridge, MA

     

PhD award 2015

   
     

Cameron Ballard-Rosa
UNC Chapel Hill
Department of Political Science

Personal Website

Admitted:  2008
PhD Awarded: 2015

C.V.

Current Position:  Assistant Professor, Political Science

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

Currently living in Carrboro, North Carolina

     

Rob Blair
Brown University
Watson Institute of International and Public Affairs

Personal Website

PhD Awarded: 2015

Current Position:  Assistant Professor of Political Science and International and Public Affairs
     
Adam Michael Dynes
Brigham Young University
Department of Political Science

Personal Website

Admitted: 2009
PhD Awarded: 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

     

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

Personal Website

Admitted:2008
PhD Awarded: 2015

Interests: African Politics, Political Economy, Comparative Politics

Current Position:  Assistant Professor

Dissertation:  Taxation and Accountability in Sub-Saharan Africa

     

Erin Pineda
Smith College
Department of Government
 

Admitted: 2009
PhD Awarded: 2015

Current Position:  Assistant Professor of Government

     

Luis Schiumerini
University of Notre Dame
Political Science Department

Personal Website

PhD Awarded: 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

     

PhD award 2014

   
     

Selim Erdem Aytac
Koç University
International Relations and Political Science

Personal Website

Admitted: 2009
PhD Awarded: 2014

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Current position: Assistant Professor of Political Science

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

Currently living in Istanbul, Turkey

     

Allison Carnegie
Columbia University
Department of Political Science

allison.carnegie@columbia.edu

Admitted: 2007
PhD Awarded: 2014

Interests: International Relations, Political Science, Political Economy
 

Current Position: Assistance Professor of Political Science

Allison Carnegie is an Assistant 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, political economy, and quantitative methods. Her book, “States Held Hostage: International Institutions and the Reshaping of Coercive Diplomacy,” is under contract with Cambridge University Press. Her work has been published or is forthcoming in the American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, Political Analysis, and the Election Law Journal. She has been awarded the Provost’s Grant from Columbia University, along with fellowships from the Bradley, Falk, Ethel Boies Morgan, and Kaufman Foundations. Her essay on foreign aid delivery won the Global Development Network’s Next Horizons Essay Contest, which was cosponsored by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

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

Currently living in New York, New York

     

Erica De Bruin
Hamilton College
Government

Personal Website

edebruin@hamilton.edu

Admitted: 2007
PhD Awarded: 2014

Current Position:  Assistant Professor of Government

Erica De Bruin is an Assistant Professor of Government at Hamilton College. Her research focuses on civil-military relations and international security.  She received a PhD from the Department of Political Science at Yale University. De Bruin worked previously as a Research Associate in U.S. Foreign policy and International Law at the Council on Foreign Relations and as a Research Associate in the Fellows Program at the New America Foundation in Washington, D.C. She also taught international relations to high school students through Yale’s Young Global Scholars Program and the United Nations Association’s Global Classrooms Program. She hold a BA in Political Science from Columbia University.

Dissertation: War and Coup Prevention in Developing States

Currently living in Clinton, New York

     

Madhavi Devasher
Department of Political Science
University of New Hampshire

Personal Website

PhD Awarded: 2014

Current Position:  Assistant Professor of Political Science
     
     

Celia Paris
Loyola University Maryland
Department of Political Science

Personal Website

ccparis@loyola.edu

Admitted: 2009
PhD Awarded: 2014

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Interests: American Politics, Public Opinion, Political Communication, Political Psychology

Current Position:  Assistant professor of Political Science

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

Currently living in Baltimore, Maryland

     

PhD award 2013

   
     

Regina Bateson
MIT
Department of Political Science

bateson@mit.edu

Admitted:  2006
PhD Awarded: 2013

Interests:  Vigilantism, crime, violence, civil war, political behavior, Guatemala

Publications:
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Current Position:  Assistant Professor of Political Science

Regina Bateson is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at MIT. She studies comparative politics, with interests in crime, violence, civil wars, policing, vigilantism, and informal institutions. She has worked on Guatemala for the past decade, and her current book project explores the ways that local experiences during the Guatemalan civil war have shaped civilians’ responses to crime and insecurity today. In a separate research agenda, she is also studying how violence and trauma affect political behavior in diverse settings, including the United States. At MIT, Regina has developed a new graduate course on qualitative field research, and she also teaches classes on research methods and Latin American politics. Regina’s work has twice been recognized by the American Political Science Association: in 2013, she won the Heinz I. Eulau Award for the best article published in the American Political Science Review in the previous year, and in 2014 she won the Gabriel A. Almond Award for the best dissertation in comparative politics. Regina received her BA from Stanford University and she was previously a Foreign Service Officer for the US Department of State.

Dissertation: Order and Violence in Postwar Guatemala

Currently living in Arlington, MA.

     

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

Personal Website

teresa.bejan@politics.ox.ac.uk

Admitted:  2007
PhD Awarded: 2013

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Current Position:  Associate Professor of Political Theory

Teresa M. Bejan is Associate Professor of Political Theory and Fellow of Oriel College at the University of Oxford. She received her Ph.D.with distinction from Yale in 2013 and holds previous degrees from the Universities of Chicago and Cambridge. Before coming to Oxford, she taught at the University of Toronto and as a Fellow in the Columbia Society of Fellows in the Humanities. Her first book, Mere Civility: Disagreement and the Limits of Toleration (Harvard University Press, 2017), examines contemporary calls for civility in light of seventeenth-century debates about religious toleration. Other recent publications include: “Difference without Disagreement: Re-thinking Hobbes on ‘Independency’ and Toleration,” Review of Politics (2016), “Evangelical Toleration,” Journal of Politics (2015), “John Locke on Toleration, (In)civility, and the Quest for Concord,” History of Political Thought (2016), “When the Word of the Lord Runs Freely,” The Lively Experiment: Religious Toleration in America from Roger Williams to the Present, edited by C. Beneke and C. Grenda, Rowman & Littlefield (2015), and “The Difficult Work of Liberal Civility” (with Bryan Garsten), Civility, Legality, and the Limits of Justice, ed. A. Sarat, Cambridge University Press (2014). She is the winner of the American Political Science Association’s 2015 Leo Strauss Award for the best doctoral dissertation in political philosophy and the 2016 Balzan-Skinner Fellowship in Modern Intellectual History at the University of Cambridge.

Dissertation: Mere Civility: Practicing Toleration in Early Modern England and America

     

Brian J. Fried
Brandeis University
Department of Politics

Personal Website

Admitted: 2005
PhD Awarded: 2013

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Interests: clientelism, development, Latin America

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

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

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

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.
 

Currently living in Massachusetts

     
Calvert Jones

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

Personal Website

cwjones@umd.edu

Admitted: 2007
PhD Awarded: 2013

Interests: comparative politics, the Middle East, and mixed methods

Current Position:  Assistant Professor, Department of Government & Politics

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

Currently living in Kensington, Maryland

     

Paul Kenny
Australian National University
Department of Political and Social Change

Personal Site

paul.kenny@anu.edu.au

Admitted: 2006
PhD Awarded: 2013

Interests: Political Economy, Comparative Politics, Populism, Corruption, India, Latin America

Current Position:  Fellow, Head of Department of Political & Social Change (Acting)

Paul Kenny joined the Australian National University in July 2013 and is currently Research Fellow of Political and Social Change. He was previously Assistant Professor of Political Science at Trinity College Dublin (2012-13). His research focuses on issues at the intersection of political economy and political order. He is currently working on a book project, provisionally titled “From Patronage to Populism”, which examines the causes and consequences of populism in India and elsewhere in the developing world.

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

Currently living in Canberra, Australia

     

Peter J. Verovsek
University of Sheffield
Department of Politics

Personal Website

Admitted:2007
PhD Awarded: 2013

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

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 2012

   
     

Lihi Ben Shitrit
University of Georgia
School of International and Public Affairs

lben@uga.edu

Admitted:2006
PhD Awarded: 2012

Interests: Middle East Politics, Gender & Politics, Religion & Politics

Current Position:  Assistant Professor of International Affairs

Lihi Ben Shitrit is an assistant professor at the School of Public and International Affairs, University of Georgia, Athens. She holds a PhD, MPhil, and MA in political science from Yale University, and a BA in Middle Eastern studies from Princeton University. Her research interests center on the intersections of gender, religion, and politics in the Middle East.  In 2013-2014 she was a Research Associate at the Women’s Studies in Religion Program at Harvard Divinity School.

Her book “Righteous Transgression: Women’s Activism on the Israeli and Palestinian Religious Right,” is forthcoming in the fall of 2015 with Princeton University Press.

Ben Shitrit has taught courses on Middle East politics, women and politics, religion and politics, and qualitative research methods at DePaul University, Harvard University, and the University of Georgia. She has also worked extensively with Israeli and Palestinian NGOs on projects pertaining to women’s rights and human rights, democracy, conflict resolution, and peace-building. Before completing her PhD she also worked with the U.S. State Department and USAID on Israeli-Palestinian conflict mitigation programs.

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

Currently living in Athens, Georgia

     

Paul Lagunes
Columbia University
School of International and Public Affairs

Personal Website

pfl2106@columbia.edu

Admitted: 2005
PhD Awarded: 2012

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Interests: research, writing, teaching

 

Current Position:  Assistant Professor School of International and Public Affairs

Paul Lagunes is an Assistant Professor at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. His research focuses on corruption, especially as it affects subnational governments in the Americas.

Two basic questions motivate Lagunes’s research: First, how does corruption actually work in practice? Second, what tools are available for limiting corruption’s harmful effects? By relying on randomized control trials, Lagunes offers insights on corruption’s regressive impact on society, the factors maintaining a corrupt status quo, and the conditions under which anti-corruption monitoring is most effective.

He has published articles in Latin American Research Review, Political Psychology, Harvard Journal of Hispanic Policy, Politics & Policy, and Journal of Social Issues, among other outlets. Lagunes is also the co-editor with Susan Rose-Ackerman of “Greed, Corruption, and the Modern State: Essays in Political Economy.”

Lagunes is currently studying corruption in infrastructure projects in Peru’s municipal governments, and teaches the master’s-level course “Local and Global Corruption: Maneuvering Toward Good Governance.” He obtained his Ph.D. in political science from Yale University.

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

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Current living in New York, New York

     

Bonny Lin
RAND Corporation

Admitted: 2007
PhD Awarded: 2012

Current Position: Associate Political Scientist

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

Currently living in Washington, D.C.

     

PhD award 2011

   
     

Onur Bakiner
Seattle University
Department of Political Science

Personal Website

bakinero@seattleu.edu

Admitted: 2005
PhD Awarded: 2011

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Current position: Assistant Professor of Political Science

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

Currently living in Seattle, Washington

     

Xiaobo Lu
University of Texas, Austin
Department of Government

Personal Website

Admitted: 2005
PhD Awarded: 2011

Interests: Distributive Politics of Development, Chinese Politics, Comparative and International Political Economy

Current Position:  Assistant Professor of Government

Dissertation:  The Political Causes and Consequences of Inequality of Opportunity

Currently living in Austin, Texas

     

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

Personal Website

joel.middleton@gmail.com

Admitted: 2005
PhD Awarded: 2011

Current Position:  Assistant Professor, Political Science

Currently living in Berkeley, California

     

PhD Awarded 2010

   
     

Laia Balcells Ventura
Georgetown University
Department of Government

Personal Site

PhD Awarded: 2010

 

Current Position:  Associate Professor, Department of Government
     

Karisa Cloward
Southern Methodist University
Political Science Department

kcloward@smu.edu

Admitted: 2004
PhD Awarded: 2010

Interests: International Norms, Transnational Activism, Non-Governmental Organizations, the International Aid Regime, Gender and Politics, Sub-Saharan Africa

Current Position: Assistant Professor of Political Science

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

Currently living in Dallas, Texas

     

Dominika Koter
Colgate University
Political Science Department

Personal Site

Admitted: 2003
PhD Awarded: 2010

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Interests: Clientelism, Ethnic Politics and Elections, with a focus on Sub-Saharan Africa

Current Position: Assistant Professor of Political Science

Dominika Koter is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Colgate University. Her research interests include clientelism, ethnic politics and elections, with a focus on sub-Saharan Africa. Her works has been published in World Politics and the Journal of Modern African Politics.

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

Currently living in Manlius, New York

     

Robert Person
United States Military Academy, West Point
Department of Social Sciences

Personal Website

robert.person@usma.edu

Admitted: 2003
PhD Awarded: 2010

Interests: International Relations, Comparative Politics, Post-Soviet, Nationalism, Military, Democracy
 

Current Position:  Associate Professor of International Relations

Dr. Robert Person is an Assistant Professor of International Relations and Comparative Politics at the United States Military Academy (West Point).  His research and teaching interests include post-Soviet politics, democratization, authoritarianism, nationalism, mass political participation, and political economy.  His current book project explores the deep and durable impact that economic crises play in shaping citizens’ long-term beliefs about democracy and dictatorship in new democracies.  It is based on extensive research carried out across former Soviet states including Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Latvia, and Estonia.  Dr. Person earned his Ph.D. in political science from Yale University in 2010.  He also holds a master’s degree in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies from Stanford University (2003), as well as a B.A. in international relations and Slavic Languages & Literature from Stanford (2002).

West Point is a four-year liberal arts college and military academy whose mission is “To educate, train, and inspire the Corps of Cadets so that each graduate is a commissioned leader of character committed to the values of Duty, Honor, Country and prepared for a career of professional excellence and service to the Nation as an officer in the United States Army.”  Faculty at West Point contribute to that mission in the classroom, through their own scholarship, and through deep engagement with cadets in other activities around the Academy.  My primary responsibility includes teaching undergraduate courses in international relations, comparative politics, international political economy, and nationalism.  I also serve as the West Point program advisor for Fulbright Student Programs and the Fulbright Scholar program. Additionally, I serve as a member of the steering committee for the Thayer Honors Program, West Point’s version of an honors college.  Finally, I am involved in cadet development and training outside the classroom as coach and Officer in Charge of the West Point Skeet & Trap Team.

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

Currently living in West Point, New York

     

PhD Awarded 2009

   
     

Nasos Roussias
University of Sheffield
Department of Politics

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Admitted: 2002
PhD Awarded: 2009

Current Position:  Lecturer, Department of Politics

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

Currently living in Sheffield, England

     

Stephen Shewfelt
Ingenuity, Inc.

Admitted: 2002
PhD Awarded: 2009

Current Position: Director of Data and Research

Steven Shewfelt joined Ingenuity as Director of Data & Research from Slover Linett Audience Research, where, as a Senior Associate, he led multiple research and evaluation projects for leading foundations and arts and culture organizations across the country. He previously served as the deputy director of the Office of Research & Analysis at the National Endowment for the Arts, where he was involved in a wide variety of research and evaluation projects.

Prior to his time at the NEA, Steve conducted quantitative and qualitative research for the Department of Defense, the World Bank, the United Nations Development Programme, the Carter Center, and the Institution for Social and Policy Studies at Yale University. His research has taken him throughout the United States and to Afghanistan, Indonesia, and Bosnia.

Steve has also worked in the conflict management field, facilitating large and small group discussions of complex social problems and highly controversial issues. Among his clients were the U.S. Postal Service and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Steve holds a PhD in political science with a focus on quantitative analysis from Yale University, an MA in international studies from DePaul University, and a BA from Northwestern University. He is a veteran of the U.S. Navy.

     

PhD Awarded 2006

   
     

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

rachel.sondheimer@usma.edu

Admitted: 2001
PhD Awarded: 2006

Current Position:  Associate Professor and Director, American Politics Program

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

Currently living in Ridgefield, Connecticut

     

PhD Dissertation
in review

   
     
Daniel S. Feder
Benenson Strategy Group

Admitted: 2010

Interests: Research, strategy, polling, messaging, campaigns

Current Position:  Senior Associate

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

Currently living in New York, New York

     

Rebecca Nielsen
Texas A&M University
Department of International Affairs

Personal Website

Current Position:  Visiting Assistant Professor in International Affairs

I study political development, violent conflict, religion and magic. My dissertation examines the differential impact of civil war on widespread ‘secret society’ organizations in West Africa and how this has influenced subsequent levels of women’s local and national political integration. Data collection and analysis for this project, including twelve months of fieldwork in Sierra Leone and Liberia, received support from the National Science Foundation, the Yale MacMillan Center, and the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation. I am also a collaborator on a Department of Defense Minerva Grant that examines the interaction of armed conflict and marriage markets.

Currently living in College Station, Texas

     

Earlier PhD Graduates.

Min-Young

Han

PhD

5/23/2011

 

Mario Leonardo

Chacon Barrero

PhD

5/23/2011

 

Ryan

Garcia

PhD

5/23/2011

X

Alexander

Kirshner

PhD

5/23/2011

X

Tiffany

Davenport

PhD

5/23/2011

 

Gemma

Sala

PhD

12/4/2010

 

Mei

Guan

PhD

12/4/2010

 

Nihal Turkuler

Isiksel

PhD

12/4/2010

X

Ana

Arjona

PhD

12/4/2010

X

Joseph

Lampert

PhD

12/4/2010

X

Abbey

Steele

PhD

12/4/2010

X

Gaye

Ilhan Demiryol

PhD

5/24/2010

X

David

Leslie

PhD

5/24/2010

 

Shatema

Threadcraft

PhD

5/24/2010

X

Brandon

Kinne

PhD

12/12/2009

X

Christopher

Mann

PhD

12/12/2009

 

Stephen

Kaplan

PhD

12/12/2009

 

Josip

Glaurdic

PhD

5/25/2009

X

Michael

Helfand

PhD

5/25/2009

X

Nicole

Kazee

PhD

5/25/2009

X

Stephen

Engel

PhD

5/25/2009

X

Matthew

Hall

PhD

5/25/2009

X

Laiyee

Leong

PhD

12/13/2008

X

Debra

Shulman

PhD

12/13/2008

X

Chuanjie

Zhang

PhD

12/13/2008

X

Tarek

Masoud

PhD

12/13/2008

X

Shiru

Wang

PhD

12/13/2008

 

Sonali

Chakravarti

PhD

12/13/2008

X

Charalampos

Mylonas

PhD

12/13/2008

X

Kushanava

Choudhury

PhD

12/13/2008

X

Timothy

Pachirat

PhD

5/26/2008

X

Takeshi

Ito

PhD

5/26/2008

X

Gahodery

Rodriguez

PhD

5/26/2008

 

Jennifer

Tobin

PhD

5/26/2008

X

Angelica

Bernal

PhD

5/26/2008

X

Stuart

Chinn

PhD

5/26/2008

X

Stephen

Kosack

PhD

5/26/2008

X

Daniela

Donno

PhD

5/26/2008

X

Andrew

Volmert

PhD

5/26/2008

X

Rafaela

Dancygier

PhD

12/8/2007

X

Elizabeth

Saunders

PhD

12/8/2007

X

Michelle

Clarke

PhD

12/8/2007

X

Mayling

Birney

PhD

12/8/2007

D

Nandini

Deo

PhD

12/8/2007

X

Julia

Azari

PhD

12/8/2007

 

Jingqian

Xu

PhD

12/8/2007

 

Justin

Zaremby

PhD

12/8/2007

X

Winifred

Amaturo

PhD

5/28/2007

 

Jaime

Lluch

PhD

5/28/2007

X

Chinyelu

Lee

PhD

5/28/2007

X

Anton

Orlich

PhD

5/28/2007

X

Sonya

Winton

PhD

5/28/2007

 

Joanna

Mosser

PhD

5/28/2007

X

Matthew

Glassman

PhD

5/28/2007

X

Danilo

Petranovich

PhD

5/28/2007

X
         

Thomas

Pepinsky

PhD

5/28/2007

X

Jennifer

Smith

PhD

12/9/2006

 

Lilach

Gilady

PhD

12/9/2006

X

Vineeta

Yadav

PhD

12/9/2006

X

Zhiming

Chen

PhD

12/9/2006

X

Aleksandra

Sznajder

PhD

12/9/2006

X

Daniel

Galvin

PhD

12/9/2006

X

Melvin

Rogers

PhD

12/9/2006

X

Sonu

Bedi

PhD

12/9/2006

X

Nancy

Brune

PhD

5/22/2006

X

David

Yoon

PhD

5/22/2006

X

Jun

Saito

PhD

5/22/2006

 

Robin

Hayes

PhD

5/22/2006

 

Matthew

Light

PhD

5/22/2006

X

Annalisa

Zinn

PhD

5/22/2006

X

David

Engstrom

PhD

12/10/2005

X

Dorian

Warren

PhD

12/10/2005

X

Helen

Erler

PhD

12/10/2005

X

Naomi

Murakawa

PhD

5/23/2005

X

Alexandra

Guisinger

PhD

5/23/2005

X

David

Nickerson

PhD

5/23/2005

X

Amy

Rasmussen

PhD

5/23/2005

X

Andra

Gillespie

PhD

5/23/2005

X

Douglas

Woodwell

PhD

5/23/2005

X

Yumin

Sheng

PhD

5/23/2005

X

Nomi

Lazar

PhD

5/23/2005

X

Sarah

Dix

PhD

12/11/2004

 

John

Lee

PhD

12/11/2004

 

Alissa

Ardito

PhD

12/11/2004

X

Matthew

Green

PhD

12/11/2004

 

Rachel

Seher

PhD

12/11/2004

X

Thomas

Miley

PhD

5/24/2004

X

Willem

Maas

PhD

5/24/2004

X

Raluca

Eddon

PhD

5/24/2004

 

Ethan

Leib

PhD

5/24/2004

X

Elizabeth

Cohen

PhD

12/6/2003

X

Kelly

Whitaker

PhD

12/6/2003

 

Sarah

Song

PhD

12/6/2003

X

John

Phillips

PhD

12/6/2003

X

Patricia

Nordeen

PhD

5/26/2003

 

Jessica

Allina-Pisano

PhD

5/26/2003

X

Jamie

Morin

PhD

5/26/2003

X

Jason

Sorens

PhD

5/26/2003

X

Jana

Kunicova

PhD

5/26/2003

X

Casiano

Hacker Cordon

PhD

12/7/2002

 

Dara

Strolovitch

PhD

12/7/2002

X

Mary

Cooper

PhD

12/7/2002

X

Andrew

Stigler

PhD

12/7/2002

X

Anne Simone

Kleinman

PhD

5/27/2002

 

Wenhao

Cheng

PhD

5/27/2002

X

Gregory

Forster

PhD

5/27/2002

X

Colleen

Shogan

PhD

5/27/2002

X

Nathan

Jensen

PhD

5/27/2002

X

John

Gould

PhD

12/8/2001

 

Meredith

Weiss

PhD

12/8/2001

X

Janelle

Wong

PhD

12/8/2001

X

Mpingo

Bugg

PhD

5/21/2001

 

Mark

Stein

PhD

5/21/2001

X

Robin

Theurkauf

PhD

5/21/2001

D

Eileen

Hunt

PhD

5/21/2001

X

Steven

Wulf

PhD

5/21/2001

X

Jaechun

Kim

PhD

5/21/2001

X