Political Science


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American University

Amherst College

Ashoka University, India

Auburn University

Boston University

Brown University

California State University, Chico

Case Western Reserve University

Coastal Carolina

College of the Redwoods

Copenhagen Business School, Denmark

Copenhagen University

Fairfield University

George Washington University

Harvard University

Idaho State University

International University for the Humanities and Development, Turkmenistan

Jindal School of International Affairs, India

LeHigh University

Lewis and Clark College

London School of Economics

Merrimack College

Michigan State University

Monterrey Institute of Technology, Mexico

New York University

Peking University

Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile

Queen's University, Canada

Royal Holloway University of London

Rutgers University, Newark

Skidmore College

Stanford University

Stetson University

Texas Christian University

The College of New Jersey

Trinity College

University of Chicago

University of Florida

University of Georgia

University of Missouri

University of Notre Dame

University of Rhode Island

University of Vermont

University of Washington


2023 Graduates

2022 Graduates

  • Aimée Bourassa

    Lecturer, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Academic Advising Center, University of Florida
    Dissertation Organizational Structure and the Distributive Politics of Policy Choice in Mexico
    Committee Rebecca Weitz-Shapiro (Chair), Rob Blair, Andrew Schrank, and Alisha Holland
  • Kaustav Chakrabarti

    Visiting Assistant Professor at Ashoka, India
    Dissertation Underground Governance: Rules-Based Order by Armed Groups in Northeast India
    Committee Ashutosh Varshney (Chair), Rebecca Weitz-Shapiro, David Skarbek
  • Kristine Li

    Postdoctoral Fellow, Public Policy at The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, Harvard University
    Dissertation Deliberation and Market Development: the Rise of Competing Subnational Political Economies in China during the Socialist Planned Era (1949-1978)
    Committee Edward Steinfeld, Mark Blyth, Prerna Singh, Patrick Heller
  • Jared Loggins

    Postdoctoral Fellow and Visiting Assistant Professor of Black Studies and Political Science, Amherst College
    Dissertation Du Bois's Litany: The Political Theory of Darkwater (defended June 2021)
    Committee Melvin Rogers (Chair), Sharon Krause, Alex Gourevitch
  • Jason Schultz

    Chief of Plans at US TRANSCOM
    Dissertation Supplying Instability: Military Sustainment and Consequences in International Relations
    Committee Rose McDermott, Rick Locke, and Jim Morone
  • Jan Stockbruegger

    Postdoctoral Fellow, Copenhagen University
    Dissertation Too Weak to Dominate: Why Hegemons Build Rules-Based Orders at Sea
    Committee Jeff Colgan, Mark Blyth, Jordan Branch
  • Sanne Verschuren

    Stanton Postdoctoral Fellow, Stanford University
    Dissertation Imagining the Unimaginable: War, Weapons and Procurement Politics
    Committee Nina Tannenwald (co-chair), Mark Blyth (co-chair), Jeff Colgan, Jordan Branch, and Jon Caverley
  • Gauri Wagle

    Lecturer, Royal Holloway University of London in the Politics, International Relations, and Philosophy Department
    Dissertation ImaginingTogether: Political Community, Domination, and Freedom
    Committee Sharon Krause, Mark Blyth, Juliet Hooker, Matthew Guterl
  • Kenneth White

    Principal Economic & Policy Analyst, Division of Planning, Rhode Island Department of Transportation
    Dissertation Sustainable Redevelopment: A Case Study of Institutional Politics in Providence, Rhode Island and Schenectady, New York
    Committee Jim Morone, Ross Cheit, and Margaret Weir
  • Zhe Zhang

    Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, Peking University
    Dissertation Governing Heterogeneous Peoples: A Comparison of Ethnic Uyghurs and Mongols in China (defended April 2021)
    Committee Ed Steinfeld (Chair), Ashu Varshney, Glenn Loury

2021 Graduates

  • Cory Manento

    Research Manager, Gradient Metrics  
    Dissertation Trust, Cues, and Cash: The Causes and Consequences of Outsider Success in Congressional Primaries
    Committee Wendy Schiller (Chair), Paul Testa, Susan Moffitt
  • Sean Monahan

    Visiting Assistant Professor of Government and Law, Lafayette College
    Dissertation Producing the Society of Equals: Land, Freedom, and the Right to Work in the Age of Revolutions
    Committee Alex Gourevitch, Jim Morone, Corey Brettschneider
  • Michelle Rose

    Faculty, Political Science and Criminal Justice Department, California State University, Chico
    Dissertation The Art of Democratic Living: Recovering Alain Locke’s Politics of Aesthetics
    Committee Melvin Rogers, Sharon Krause, Juliet Hooker
  • Noga Rotem

    Assistant Professor of Political Science, University of Washington
    Dissertation Paranoia and the Pathologization of Politics: Investiture Crises from Arendt to Hobbes
    Committee Bonnie Honig (Chair), Sharon Krause, Ariella Azoulay

2020 Graduates

  • Daniel Carrigg

    Lecturer, Political Science, University of Rhode Island
    Dissertation The War on Poverty Paradox: Policy Feedback, Federalism, and State-Citizen Relations
    Committee James Morone (Chair), Wendy Schiller, Alexander Gourevitch
  • Ryan Emenaker

    Professor of Political Science, College of the Redwoods
    Dissertation Judicial Evaluation & Democracy: The Democratic Form of Judicial Review
    Committee James Morone (Co-Chair), Corey Brettschneider (Co-Chair), Alexander Gourevitch, Mark Graber
  • Paul Gutierrez

    Assistant Professor of Political Science, University of Florida
    Dissertation Dissertation:The Invisible Hand of the State: Corporation, Police, and Economy
    Committee James Morone (Co-Chair), Alexander Gourevitch (Co-Chair), Sharon Krause, Anthony Bogues
  • Ferris Lupino

    Postdoctoral Fellowship, Kinder Institute on Constitutional Democracy, University of Missouri
    Dissertation American Statis: Conflict, Order, and Leadership in Black Political Thought
    Committee Bonnie Honig (Chair), Sharon Krause, James Morone, Graham Oliver

2019 Graduates

  • Puneet Bhasin

    Assistant Professor/Faculty Fellow, Gallatin School of Individualized Study, New York University
    Dissertation Sustaining Financializations: Politics and Profits in the Financial Transformation of Economies
    Committee Mark Blyth (Chair), Richard Locke, Alex Gourevitch, Stephen Kinsella
  • Poulomi Chakrabarti

    Assistant Professor, Department of Political Studies, Queen's University
    Dissertation One Nation, Many Worlds: Varieties of Development Regimes in India
    Committee Ashu Varshney (Chair), Patrick Heller, Melani Cammett, Rebecca Weitz-Shapiro
  • Rajeev Kadambi

    Associate Professor, Jindal School of International Affairs
    Dissertation Politics and the Spiritual: Reading Gandhian, Buddhist, and Humanist Ethical Traditions
    Committee Sharon Krause (Chair), Tony Bogues, Leela Ghandi, Karuna Mantena, Uday Singh Mehta
  • William Kring

    Executive Director, Global Development Policy Center, Boston University
    Dissertation Contesting the International Monetary Fund? Regional Battles for Global Liquidity
    Committee Mark Blyth (Chair), Jeff Colgan, Kevin Gallagher
  • Jerome Marston

    Senior Researcher, Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack
    Dissertation To Stay or Flee? Displacement due to Gang Violence in Medellin, Colombia
    Committee Rebecca Weitz-Shapiro (Chair), Rich Snyder, Peter Andreas, Rob Blair
  • Rebecca Martin

    Research Professor (Assistant Professor), School of Government, Monterrey Institute of Technology
    Dissertation Dissertation:The Politics of Violence: Empathy and Action During Conflict
    Committee Rich Snyder (Chair), Rebecca Weitz-Shapiro, Peter Andreas, Rob Blair
  • Rachel Meade

    Lecturer, Political Science Department, Boston University
    Dissertation The People Against the Elites: Populist Identity in the US and Argentina
    Committee Rich Snyder (co-Chair), James Morone (co-Chair), Jose Itzigsohn
  • Timothy Turnbull

    Research Associate at Spark Admissions
    Dissertation The Sources of US Trade Sanctions
    Committee Mark Blyth (Chair), Nick Miller, Dan Drezner, Jordan Branch
  • Marcus Walton

    Assistant Professor of Political Science, Boston University
    Committee Linda Cook, Patrick Heller, Dan Smith
  • Cadence Willse

    Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, The College of New Jersey
    Dissertation Dissertation:Private Funding, Public Schools: Interest Group Mobilization, the Changing Advocacy Agenda, and Public Education
    Committee Susan Moffitt (Chair), Margaret Weir, Ken Wong

2018 Graduates

  • Michal Ben Noah

    Subfield: Theory
    Dissertation The Unfreedom of Vulnerable Employment
    Committee Corey Brettschneider (Chair), David Estlund, Alexander Gourevitch, Sharon Krause
  • Oddny Helgadottir

    Associate Professor, Department of Organization, Copenhagen Business School
    Dissertation Formal Combat: Scientific Competition and Macroeconomic Paradigms from the Great Depression to the Great Recession
    Committee Mark Blyth (Chair), Alexander Gourevitch, Daniella Gabor
  • Colin Johnson

    Assistant Professor of Political Science, Idaho State University
    Dissertation Political Machines and Variation in Regional Migration Policies in Russia
    Committee Linda Cook (Chair), Melani Cammett, Douglas Blum
  • Michael Marcusa

    Researcher, Privacy and Data Use Team, Meta
    Dissertation Understanding Radicalism: Jihad and the Genealogy of Resistance in Tunisia
    Committee Ashu Varshney (Chair), Melani Cammett, Patrick Heller
  • Meghan Wilson

    Assistant Professor, Michigan State University
    Dissertation Monopoly Politics: Municipal Takeovers and Community Impact in Michigan
    Committee Katherine Tate (Chair), Marion Orr, Wendy Schiller

2017 Graduates

  • Matthew Hodgetts

    Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science, Case Western Reserve University
    Dissertation We Are All In This Together: Addressing Climate Change Through Our Global Ethos
    Committee Corey Brettschneider (co-Chair), James Morone (co-Chair), Sharon Krause, Nina Tannenwald, J. Timmons Roberts
  • Pellumb Kelmendi

    Assistant Professor of Political Science, Auburn University
    Dissertation The Transformation of Rebel Organizations into Political Parties and Their Performance in Post-Conflict Elections (defended August 26, 2016)
    Committee Melani Cammett (co-Chair), Peter Andreas (co-Chair), Richard Snyder
  • Kelly Smith

    Assistant Professor of Political Science, Stetson University
    Dissertation Policy Into Practice: Explaining the Diffusion of Policy Content and Implementation Across the U.S. States
    Committee Wendy Schiller (Chair), Susan Moffitt, Ken Wong, Paul Manna
  • Megan Turnbull

    Assistant Professor of Comparative Politics, School of Public and International Affairs, University of Georgia
    Dissertation State Responses to Armed Groups and Political (Dis)Order in Nigeria
    Committee Ashu Varshney (Chair), Melani Cammett, Daniel Jordan Smith

2016 Graduates

  • Carla Alberti

    Assistant Professor of Political Science, Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile
    Dissertation Projecting Hegemony: Parties, Organizations, and Indigenous Forms of Governance in Bolivia
    Committee Richard Snyder (Chair), Ashu Varshney, Patrick Heller, Todd Eisenstadt
  • Diego Diaz

    Assistant Professor of Public Policy, Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile
    Dissertation Blessing and Curse: Positive and Negative Political Effects of Oil Wealth in the Argentine Provinces
    Committee Richard Snyder (Chair), Rebecca Weitz-Shapiro, Patrick Heller
  • Michael Dickerson

    Subfield: Comparative Politics
    Dissertation The Micropractices of Discrimination Against Females: Evidence from a Series of Survey Experiments in India
    Committee Rose McDermott (Chair), Susan Moffitt, Dave Armstrong
  • Daniel Kushner

    Director of Resiliency Strategy at LUMA Energy, Puerto Rico
    Dissertation Reading Bharat: Using Interlocutors to Translate a Nation to Its Leaders
    Committee Ashu Varshney (Chair), Mark Blyth, James Morone
  • Matthew Lyddon

    Director, Program Operations MPA Program, Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs, Brown University
    Dissertation Value Integrity Civics: A New Approach for Crafting Liberal Democratic Citizens
    Committee Corey Brettschneider (Chair), Sharon Krause, Ken Wong, James Morone
  • Nazar Mammedov

    Instructor of International Law Department, International University for the Humanities and Development, Turkmenistan
    Dissertation Managing Ethnic Diversity in Turkey and the USSR, 1900-1925
    Committee Linda Cook (Chair), Melani Cammett, Doug Blum
  • Kevin McGravey

    Associate Professor, Merrimack College
    Dissertation Public Rights: Public Liberty and the First Amendment
    Committee Corey Brettschneider (Chair), Sharon Krause, James Morone
  • Aaron Weinstein

    Assistant Professor, Department of Politics, Fairfield University
    Dissertation Truth, Justice, and the American Way: Political Religions in America, Then and Now
    Committee James Morone (Chair), Corey Brettschneider, Ross Cheit, Michael Tesler
  • Liza Williams

    Lecturer, Honors Program, Department of Political Science, George Washington University
    Dissertation Hospitality and the Horizons of Democracy: Responsibilities to Immigrants
    Committee Sharon Krause (Chair), Alexander Gourevitch, James Morone

2015 Graduates

  • Jennifer Cassidy

    Visiting Scholar in Residence, Women and Politics Institute, American University
    Dissertation See Jane Get Appointed: Gender, Representation, and Power in the American Federal Bureaucracy
    Committee Wendy Schiller (Chair), Susan Moffitt, Sharon Krause, Jennifer Lawless
  • Kaitlin Sidorsky

    Assistant Professor, Department of Politics and Geography, Coastal Carolina
    Dissertation One Way or Another? Understanding Women's Paths to Appointed and Public Office
    Committee Wendy Schiller (Chair), James Morone, Susan Moffitt
  • Fiorella Sierra

    Assistant Professor, University of Notre Dame
    Dissertation Partners at Home and Abroad: The Globalization of State-Led Development
    Committee Richard Snyder (co-Chair), Mark Blyth (co-Chair), Pauline Jones-Luong

2014 Graduates

  • Maria Bautista

    Assistant Professor, Harris School of Public Policy, University of Chicago
    Dissertation The Political and Social Consequences of Repression: The Chilean Case
    Committee Melani Cammett (Chair), Pauline Jones Luong, Rebecca Weitz-Shapiro
  • Elizabeth Bennett

    Associate Professor of International Affairs, Lewis and Clark
    Dissertation Stakeholder Inclusion and Power in INGOs: The Governance of Fairtrade International
    Committee Mark Blyth (Chair), Ross Cheit, Gianpaolo Baiocchi, Michael Conroy
  • Yelena Biberman-Ocakli

    Assistant Professor, Political Science, Skidmore College
    Dissertation Gambling with Violence: Why States Outsource the Use of Force to Domestic Nonstate Actors
    Committee Ashutosh Varshney (Chair), Peter Andreas, Pauline Jones Luong
  • David Blanding

    Associate Professor of the Practice of International and Public Affairs, Watson Institute, Brown University and Director of Leadership and Executive Development Programs in the Learning Center, U.S. Government Accountability Office
    Dissertation Policy Infrastructure and the Politics of Civil Rights (defended June 18, 2013)
    Committee Marion Orr (Chair), Susan Moffitt, Wendy Schiller, James Morone
  • Nicholas Coburn-Palo

    Faculty, Harvard College Writing Program
    Dissertation A Tale of Two Mayors: Dave Bing, Kevin Johnson, and the Rise of Athletes-Turned-Politicians
    Committee James Morone (Chair), Corey Brettschneider, Pauline Jones Luong
  • Emily Farris

    Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, Texas Christian University
    Dissertation Latino Leadership in City Hall (defended July 23, 2013)
    Committee Marion Orr (Chair), James Morone, Kenneth Wong
  • Jennie Ikuta

    Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Missouri
    Dissertation Democracy and the Quest for Human Flourishing: A Study of Mill and Nietzsche
    Committee Sharon Krause (Chair), Charles Larmore, Alexander Gourevitch
  • Minh Ly

    Assistant Professor, University of Vermont
    Dissertation Global Deliberation: A Human Rigth to Deliberative Democracy
    Committee Corey Brettschneider (Chair), Mark Blyth, Sharon Krause, John Tomasi, Dennis F. Thompson
  • Domingo Morel

    Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, Rutger University, Newark
    Dissertation The (Dis)Empowering State: State Intervention and its Effect on Black and Latino Political Empowerment
    Committee Marion Orr (Chair), Ken Wong, Susan Moffitt
  • Christopher Tallent

    Subfield: Political Theory
    Dissertation Pluralism on the Economy and Social Justice
    Committee Sharon Krause (Chair), Mark Blyth, James Morone

2013 Graduates

  • Angelica Duran-Martinez

    Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Massachusetts, Lowell
    Dissertation Criminals, Cops, and Politicians: The Dynamics of Drug Violence in Colombia and Mexico
    Committee Richard Snyder (Chair), Pauline Jones Luong, Peter Andreas

2012 Graduates

  • Jorge Alves

    Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, CUNY - Queens College
    Dissertation Coordinating Care: State Politics and Intergovernmental Relations in the Brazilian Healthcare Sector (defended August 12, 2011)
    Committee Richard Snyder (Chair), Pauline Jones Luong, Patrick Heller
  • Huss Banai

    Assistant Professor of International Studies, Indiana University
    Dissertation Democracy in Context: Between Universal Ideals and Local Values (defended September 20, 2011)
    Committee Corey Brettschneider (Chair), Sharon Krause, James Der Derian, Nina Tannenwald
  • Erin Beck

    Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Oregon
    Dissertation Transformation through Participation? The Micropolitics of Microcredit in Rural Guatemala
    Committee Richard Snyder (Chair), Pauline Jones Luong, Jane Jaquette
  • Gavril Bilev

    Assistant Professor of Poltical Science, Merrimack College
    Dissertation Checking the Boss: Legislation Autonomy and Executive Contestation in the Russian Regions 1992-2005
    Committee Linda Cook (co-Chair), Pauline Jones Luong (co-Chair), Richard Snyder
  • Catherine Corliss

    Dissertation Marginal but not Powerless: Local Politics in an Eastern German Village (defended December 14, 2011)
    Committee Pauline Jones Luong (Chair), Mark Blyth, James Morone, in memoriam Alan Zuckerman (Chair)
  • Anthony Lopez

    Associate Professor of Political Science, Washington State University Vancouver
    Dissertation The Risk Contract of War: Offense and Defense in the Adapted Mind
    Committee Rose McDermott (Chair), Mark Blyth, Leda Cosmides
  • Feryaz Ocakli

    Associate Professor of Political Science, Skidmore College
    Dissertation Electing the Pious: Islamist Politics and Local Party Strategies in Turkey (defended December 6, 2011)
    Committee Melani Cammett (Chair), Pauline Jones Luong, Patrick Heller
  • Cecilia Perla

    Copper Analyst, Rio Tinto, London, UK
    Dissertation Extracting from the Extractors: Political and Social Effects of Local Direct Investments of Mining Companies in Peru (defended May 19, 2011)
    Committee Pauline Jones Luong (Chair), Melani Cammett, Patrick Heller
  • Heather Silber Mohamed

    Associate Professor of Political Science, Clark University
    Dissertation Immigration, Protest, and the Politics of Latino/a Identity
    Committee Marion Orr (Chair), Wendy Schiller, James Morone, in memoriam Alan Zuckerman (Chair)

2011 Graduates

  • Jack Amoureux

    Associate Teaching Professor of Politics and International Affairs, Wake Forest University
    Dissertation Ethical Reflexivity as a Practice of International Politics
    Committee Thomas Biersteker (co-Chair), James Der Derian (co-Chair), Sharon Krause, Nicholas Onuf
  • Fulya Apaydin

    Assistant Professor, IBEI
    Dissertation Partisan Choices and Post-Fordist Transformations: The Politics of Human Capital Formation in Turkey and Argentina, 1990-2000
    Committee Melani Cammett (co-Chair), Richard Snyder (co-Chair), Jose Itzigsohn
  • Kelly Bay-Mayer

    Director of Research and Evaluation, Degrees of Change
    Dissertation Does Participatory Governance Deliver? Citizen Participation and Social Service Delivery in Nicaragua
    Committee Richard Snyder (Chair), Pauline Jones Luong, Melani Cammett, Kenneth Wong
  • Richard Maher

    Assistant Professor, School of Politics and International Relations, University College Dublin
    Dissertation What Kind of Partnership? Interests, Identity, and European Foreign Policy Cooperation
    Committee P. Terrence Hopmann (Chair), Ulrich Krotz, Nina Tannenwald
  • Eduardo Moncada

    Assistant Professor of Political Science, Barnard College, Columbia University
    Dissertation The Coalitional Politics of Rule-of-Law Reform in Latin America
    Committee Richard Snyder (Chair), Pauline Jones Luong, Melani Cammett, Patrick Heller

2010 Graduates

  • Mila Dragojevic

    Associate Professor of Politics, Sewanee, the University of the South
    Dissertation The Politics of Refugee Identity: Newcomers in Serbia from Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia, 1992-2009
    Committee Pauline Jones Luong (Chair), Melani Cammett, Roger Peterson
  • Jeremy Johnson

    Associate Professor of Political Science, Carroll College
    Dissertation Beyond Retrenchment: The Political and Ideological Foundations of the New American Welfare State, 1970-2000
    Committee James Morone (Chair), Roger Cobb, Chris Howard, Darrell West, Scott Allard
  • Matthew Lieber

    Lecturer, Madison Area Technical College
    Dissertation Elections Beyond Borders: Overseas Voting in Mexico and the Dominican Republic, 1994-2008
    Committee Peter Andreas (Chair), Richard Snyder, Ulrich Krotz
  • John Phillips

    Associate Professor of Political Theory, Austin Peay State University
    Dissertation Natural Resources, Opportunity and Global Justice
    Committee John Tomasi (Chair), Corey Brettschneider, Pauline Jones Luong
  • Molly Wallace

    Visiting Scholar, Conflict Resolution Program, Portland State University
    Dissertation Confronting Wrongs, Affirming Difference: The Limits of Violence, the Power of Nonviolence, and the Case of the Nonviolent Intervention in Sri Lanka
    Committee Sharon Krause (co-Chair), Thomas Biersteker (co-Chair), Catherine Lutz