Please Welcome to Anderson Hall our New Assistant Professors for Fall 2019

Anderson Hall

Hannah Alarian, Comparative Politics (Western Europe), Political Behavior

Paul M. B. Gutierrez, Judicial Politics (American) and Political Theory

Drew Rosenberg, International Relations and Social Network Analysis

Juliana Restrepo Sanin, Comparative Politics (Latin America), Gender and Development

Andrew Janusz, Comparative Politics (Latin America)

Enrijeta Shino will be starting as an Assistant Professor at the University of North Florida in Fall 2019!

Enrijeta Shino

I am a PhD Candidate and Graduate Assistant in the Department of Political Science at the University of Florida. I will be starting as an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of North Florida in Fall 2019.  My primary research interests are in political behavior, public opinion, and elections. My dissertation focuses on survey mode (internet, face-to-face, and phone) and its effects on the estimates of Americans’ political knowledge, understanding of issues, differentiation of candidates on policy, and ability to cast votes that more fairly represent the voter’s policy preferences. This work addresses the discipline’s basic questions about the nature of American public opinion, while incorporating my substantive interests in those areas as well as my methodological skills in survey research and applied statistics.

My other research interests focus on the electoral reform laws, turnout, and voting behavior. My research specialties include public opinion, voting behavior, elections, state politics, political psychology, survey research methods, political methodology, and experimental design.

My research has been published in the Electoral Studies. For more information about my research, please see my CV or visit my research page.

If you are interested in learning more about my research or teaching please contact me at:

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Amanda Edgell:

I am a PhD candidate in Comparative Politics at the University of Florida. Prior to joining UF, I spent twelve months in the Democratic Republic of the Congo overseeing a U.S. government funded food security program. I recieved a Master’s in International Affairs from Texas A&M University (2011) and a Bachelor’s in Political Science from Appalachian State University (2008).

My research focuses on political institutions in authoritarian settings, as well as, international development finance and gender politics. I have conducted fieldwork in D.R. Congo, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, and Uganda. My work has appeared in Democratization and African Studies Review.

As a consultant, I have provided expertise on program initiation, survey design, and impact assessment for Michigan State University, Princeton University, and the U.S. Department of Defense. I am a managing partner at 417 Research & Analytics.

My favorite video game is Stata. In my free time, I enjoy rock climbing, brewing beer, and training my dog Simcoe.

I am always looking for opportunities to collaborate on research and international development projects. You can contact me at

Where have we placed our recent PhD students?

Oumar Ba, Assistant Professor, Political Science, Morehouse College;

Lina Benabdallah, Assistant Professor, Department of Politics and International Affairs, Wake Forest University;

Scott Feinstein, Assistant Professor, Assistant Professor, Iowa State University;

Keith Lee, Assistant Professor, Political Science & Public Administration, Georgia College;

Lia Merivaki, Assistant Professor, Political Science and Public Administration, Mississippi State University;

Anna Mwaba, Lecturer and McPherson/Eveillard Postdoctoral Fellow in Government, Smith College;

Buket Oztas, Assistant Professor of Politics & International Affairs, Furman;

Sebastián Sclofsky, Assistant Professor, Criminal Justice, California State University, Stanislaus


Please join us in welcoming our outstanding class of incoming PhD students! Welcome to the #GatorNation!

Clockwise, starting bottom left:

  • Matthew Benchimol (IR)
  • Prajakta Gupte (Comparative)
  • LaRaven Temoney (American)
  • Sarah Hollmann (Comparative)
  • Glen Billesbach (Theory)
  • Kelly Richardson (American)
  • TJ Harrington (American)
  • Yuanxin Wang (Theory)
  • Anqi Yang (Comparative)
  • Stephanie Denardo (IR) [center]

Congratulations to Dr. Zach Selden on his Tenure and Promotion to Associate Professor!

Zachary Selden received his Ph.D. from the University of California – Los Angeles in 1996. He is the author of Economic Sanctions as Instruments of American Foreign Policy (Praeger, 1999), Alignment, Alliance, and American Grand Strategy (University of Michigan Press, 2016), as well as articles in Contemporary Economic PolicyNational Security Studies QuarterlyPolicy Review and Problems of Post Communism. Until December 2006, Zachary Selden was the Director of the Defence and Security Committee of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly based in Brussels, Belgium. From 2000 to 2003 he was the International Affairs Analyst in the National Security Division of the Congressional Budget Office. Prior to that he was the Research Director for Emerging Threats at Business Executives for National Security (BENS), a non-profit organization based in Washington, D.C

We’re pleased to announce the Promotion to Full Professor of Dr. Sharon Austin!

Dr. Sharon Wright Austin is a Professor of Political Science at the University of Florida and has also taught courses at the Universities of Louisville, Michigan, and Missouri-Columbia. Dr. Austin received a doctorate in Political Science from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville in 1993. Her teaching interests are in American Government, Urban Politics, and African American Politics and her research interests are in African American mayoral elections, African American/Caribbean American political relationships, rural African American political activism, and African American political behavior. Her first book, Race, Power, and Political Emergence in Memphis was published in 2000 by Garland Publishing. She has also published scholarly articles in the National Political Science Review, The Journal of the National Conference of Black Political Scientists, Political Research Quarterly, Social Science Quarterly, The Journal of Black Studies, and Politics and Policy and has written several book chapters. Her second book, The Transformation of Plantation Politics in the Mississippi Delta: Black Politics,Concentrated Poverty, and Social Capital in the Mississippi Delta , was published by the State University of New York Press in 2006.  Her third book, The Caribbeanization of Black Politics: Race, Group Consciousness, and Political Participation in America was published by the State University of New York Press in 2018.

Congratulations to our latest UF Term Professors!

A hearty congratulations to Professor Sharon Austin, Associate Professors Richard Conley and Conor O’Dwyer, and Assistant Professor Steven Klein, who were each awarded a UF Term Professorship for the 2018-21 term. These three-year professorships were created by UF to recognize faculty who have established a distinguished record of research and scholarship that is expected to lead to continuing distinction in their field. The Department commends them for their role in the University’s research enterprise and our growing emphasis on graduate education.

Congratulations to our four freshly minted PhDs!

From (left to right): Dr. Chesney McOmber, Dr. Li Li Chen, Dr. Brian Amos (and Dr. Ashley Hudson, not shown), with Professor Daniel Smith and Emeritus Professor Ken Wald.