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Consuelo Amat, PhD expected August 2018 (Comparative Politics, International Relations, and Latin American Politics) | Website

Dissertation: The Emergence and Consolidation of Opposition to Authoritarian Rule (Advisors List: Elisabeth Wood, Susan Stokes, Adria Lawrence, and Peter Aronow)

Areas of Concentration/Interests: Comparative politics, international relations, political violence, protest, nonviolent resistance, and civil society in authoritarian contexts, with a focus on Latin America, quantitative and qualitative methods.

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

She 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, Consuelo was a Research Assistant at the Brookings Institution’s Foreign Policy program, writing 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.


John Dearborn, PhD expected May 2019 (American Politics, Presidency, Congress, American Political Development, American Political Thought, Public Policy) | Website

Dissertation: The Representative Presidency: Development and Durability (Advisors List: Stephen Skowronek, David Mayhew, Jacob Hacker)

I am a Ph.D. Candidate studying American Politics in the Department of Political Science at Yale University. My principal research interests are in the field of American Political Development, particularly the institutions of the Presidency and Congress.

My dissertation considers the relationship between ideas and institutions, focusing on the idea of presidential representation. How do political ideas influence political development? What happens to political institutions when the ideas supporting them fall into disrepute? Scholars tend to emphasize factors such as interests or institutions to explain political outcomes, but I argue that some political outcomes require an ideational explanation.

As an illustration, I reconsider a puzzle: Congress’s creation of the institutional presidency. I show that acceptance of the idea of presidential representation – an assumption that presidents possess and act based on a unique perspective due to their national constituency – was an essential precondition of laws that together amounted to the institutional arrangements of the modern presidency. This claim was prominently contested in political discourse, including in hearings and debates in Congress. However, innovations based upon this claim pushed against the written constitutional frame. In this project, I compare the development and durability of laws passed by Congress creating the institutional presidency in five policy areas (budgeting, trade, reorganization, employment, and national security) over two periods of time (1921-1947 and 1973-1998). The first period demonstrates the efficacy of the idea of presidential representation in supporting institutional reform. The second period shows what happens to reformed institutions when the idea behind them falls out of favor.

Some of this work is forthcoming in the Journal of Policy History and Presidential Studies Quarterly. Archival research for my dissertation has been supported by a Congressional Research Grant from the Dirksen Congressional Center and by the Yale Center for the Study of American Politics.


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

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

Paul Linden-Retek received his Ph.D. in Political Science from Yale University in 2018 with departmental and university distinction 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, international refugee and asylum law, and law and the humanities.

Beginning in fall 2018, he will be a Post-doctoral Emile Noël Global Fellow at the Jean Monnet Center for International and Regional Economic Law & Justice, New York University School of Law.

Responding to the faltering democratic integrity of the European Union, Paul’s dissertation develops a theory of post-national constitutional law, sovereignty, and solidarity that draws on conceptions of identity and time from across Anglo-American legal theory, Continental political and ethical thought, and European jurisprudence. Reducible to neither free economic exchange nor the protection of basic rights nor an enlarged sovereignty, Paul’s hope for reviving post-national political community in the EU asserts instead the central role of narrative interpretation—an innovative view of political and legal judgment that expresses commitment to a past, while holding the self open to reconsideration into the future. The work was awarded Yale’s James G. March Prize for an outstanding dissertation in any field in political science.

Paul’s academic work has been published in Global Constitutionalism, the Croatian Yearbook of European Law and Policy, and the Yale Journal of International Law; and his public writing has appeared in the Boston Review, openDemocracy, and Social Europe.


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

Dissertation: Conflict, Order, and Cooperation in Refugee Crises: Theory and Evidence from the Syrian Refugee Crisis (Advisors List: Elisabeth Wood (chair), Peter Aronow, Ellen Lust)

Daniel Masterson is a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford’s Immigration Policy Lab. He received his PhD in Political Science with distinction in May 2018.

He studies refugee crises, humanitarian aid, and social networks.

His book project studies cooperation and public-goods problems in refugee communities, focusing on how social networks among Syrian refugees shape responses to public-goods problems. The project draws on a large-scale social network field experiment and more than two years of fieldwork in Lebanon, including research trips to Jordan and Iraq.

In another project, he studies the politics and effectiveness of humanitarian responses to the Syrian refugee crisis. He has conducted research in partnership with the World Bank, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), and the International Rescue Committee.


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

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

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

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

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


Hari Ramesh, PhD expected May 2019 (Democratic theory, modern political thought, Indian intellectual history and postcolonial theory, American intellectual history and Afro-modern political thought, and comparative politics) | Website

Dissertation:Directed Association: A Defense of State Action in the Pursuit of Radical Democracy (Advisors List:Karuna Mantena, Bryan Garsten, Susan Stokes)

I am a PhD Candidate in Political Science at Yale University. My research interests are in political theory and the history of political thought, with specializations in democratic theory, histories and theories of social oppression, the intersections of Indian, Afro-modern, and American political thought, and the relationship between empirical social science and political theory.

I hold a B.A. in Political Science and English from Williams College (2011) and an M.A. (2014) and M. Phil (2016) in Political Science from Yale University. Prior to entering graduate school I worked as a Research Associate at the Centre for Microfinance in India and the MIT Department of Political Science.

My dissertation, entitled “Directed Association: A Defense of State Action in the Pursuit of Radical Democracy,” draws insights from John Dewey, B.R. Ambedkar, and Brown v. Board of Education in order to offer an original account of the necessity of state action against oppressive social relations and the compatibility of such action with a radical vision of democracy. The project’s overarching contribution is to democratic theory. Specifically, it aims to refute a variety of accepted perspectives in the history of political thought and contemporary political theory, all of which can be grouped under the sign of democratic minimalism insofar as they strictly dichotomize the institutional arrangements and social relations constituting democracies. Through new readings of three seminal figures, I am to recast the relationship between state and society and defend the theoretical and practical appeal of what call ‘directed association’: a model of qualifiedly coercive state action, undertaken by and for oppressed groups in order to create the conditions for democracy understood not simply as a form of government but as ‘associated life.’ The dissertation also sheds light on the transnational circulation of political ideas in the twentieth century, particularly between India and the United States, by uncovering heretofore overlooked historical linkages between Dewey, Ambedkar, and Brown. In particular, my analyses of Dewey’s influence on Ambedkar and of sociological perspectives analogizing race and caste on Brown lead to revised understandings of these two figures.