Awards and Accolades for Graduates Students

Alec Dinnin has received a Graduate School Doctoral Research Travel Award for Spring 2018.

Daniel Eizenga has been awarded a CLAS Dissertation Fellowship funded by the Maurice C. Holmes and Frances A. Holmes Endowed Fellowship.

Chesney McOmber has been awarded a CLAS Dissertation Fellowship funded by the Charles Vincent and Heidi Cole McLaughlin Endowment. McOmber participated in the INGENAES symposium on Integrating Gender and Nutrition into Agricultural Extension Services in Kathmandu, Nepal on November 9. She presented a paper, “Unpacking ‘Empowerment’: Making Concepts Relevant to Development Practice,” and conducted two development practitioner trainings on participatory methodologies for conference attendees.

On November 4, Saskia van Wees presented a paper, “Shades of Compliance with Dominant Environmental Norms: The Cases of China and India,” at the International Studies Association Northeast Conference in Providence, RI.

Emily Pukuma defended her dissertation, “British Colonial Legacies and Democratic Survival.” Her committee included Benjamin Smith (chair), Badredine Arfi, Michael Bernhard, Leonardo Villalon and Susan O’Brien (Department of History). Congratulations Dr. Pukuma!

On October 21, Kathleen Sabol presented a paper, “Image Management of ISIS: An Analysis of Images as Weapons to Attract, Mobilize, and Recruit,” at the International Studies Association South Conference in Orlando.

On October 21, Miaad Hassan presented a paper at the Association for the Study of the Middle East and Africa (ASMEA) conference, in Washington, D.C. The paper was entitled “Minority Rule in the Middle East: A Comparative Analysis of Iraq, Syria, and Bahrain.”

Miaad Hassan also was awarded the ASMEA Travel Grant.

Sebastian Sclofsky was awarded the 2nd place in the Alec Courtelis award given to international students for academic excellence and outstanding contribution to the university and the community.

On October 21, Devin Weinberg presented a paper, “Narrating Mers-el-Kébir: Ontological Security and the Anglo-French Alliance in WWII,” at the International Studies Association South Conference in Orlando.

Dan Eizenga was selected as the Principal Investigator by the U.S. Institute of Peace’s RESOLVE Network in Washington D.C. to lead the research team responsible for Chad as part of the Institute’s new project to better understand the politics of religion at institutions of higher education in the Lake Chad Basin. More information about the project is available at the resolvenet website.

On October 7, Qingming Huang presented a paper, “Generational Gap and Ethnic Conflict in Xinjiang,” at the 18th Annual Conference of the Central Eurasian Studies Society (University of Washington).

Kendra Patterson recently defended her dissertation, “Treaties as Endogenous to State Interests: Politicization and Securitization of International Water Treaties in Bilateral Riparian Relationships.” Her committee consists of Laura Sjoberg (chair), Ido Oren, Conor O’Dwyer, Samuel Barkin (University of Massachusetts, Boston), and Christine Overdevest (Sociology and Criminology & Law). Congratulations, Dr. Patterson!

Chesney McOmber presented “Gendered Resilience and Climate Change: How Migration Allows Women to (re)construct Gender and Power in Africa” (September 7, 2017) at the Development Studies Association Conference (Bradford University, UK). She also presented “Leave scale to the dragons but keep the magic mirror: Why small scale reflection and processes for engagement drive the real magic behind women’s empowerment in development practice” (September 6, 2017) at Kings College London.

Amanda B. Edgell presented her paper “Vying for a Man Seat: Constituency Magnitude and Mainstream Female Candidature in Uganda and Kenya” at the African Women in Power Workshop at UC-Berkeley 3-4 September 2017.

Taylor McDonald presented “Up for Debate: A Theoretical Framework for Rethinking the Relationship between National Identity and Foreign Policy in the Case of Canada” at the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR) in Oslo, Norway on September 9th.

The following graduate students presented at the 2017 American Political Science Association Conference in San Francisco, California:

  • Shritha Vasudevan: Paper: “A Gendered Refutation of Epiphenomenal Norms through the Median Voter: A Case Study of India’s CEDAW Compliance.”
  • Saskia van Wees: Paper: “States Reactions to Dominant Environmental Norms: A Study of China and India”
  • Brian Amos: Paper: “Determinants of County Level Voter Turnout, 1970-2016” with Carl Klarner, Michael McDonald, and Dan Smith
  • Enrijeta Shino: Paper: “Interview Mode and Issue Voting in the 2012 and 2016 ANES Studies” with Michael D. Martinez
  • Ryan Whittingham: Paper: “Civil Society, Responsiveness, and Political Stability,” with Michael Bernhard

Ioannis Ziogas defended his dissertation, “State Emergence and International Conflict: Determinants and Effects of New State Behavior.” His committee included Laura Sjoberg (Chair), Michael Bernhard, Ido Oren, Zachary Selden, and James Babanikos (Department of Telecommunications). Congratulations Dr. Ziogas!

Ioannis Ziogas also accepted a position as a research assistant professor at the Social Science Research Center at Mississippi State University starting this fall.

Amanda B. Edgell has been selected for the African Studies Association (ASA) Best Graduate Student Paper Award 2017 for her paper “Vying for a Man Seat: Constituency Magnitude and Mainstream Female Candidature in Uganda and Kenya”. The award will be presented at the ASA Annual Meeting in November 2017.

Peter Licari has been awarded a stipend to participate in the Data Training Workshop on the Youth Participatory Politics Survey Project. This pre-APSA workshop will be held in San Francisco.

Charles Shields has accepted a position as Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Florida International University.

Shritha Vasudevan was awarded an APSA travel grant to attend the 2017 meeting in San Francisco, CA.

Scott Feinstein (PhD 2016) has accepted a tenure-track position as assistant professor of political science at Iowa State University beginning in fall 2017.

Enrijeta Shino received a Graduate Student Travel Award from the Elections, Public Opinion, and Voting Behavior (EPOVB) section of APSA. Enrijeta also received two scholarships from the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research to attend the ICPSR Summer Program: the Henry “Hank” Heitowit Scholarship (to enable a former participant to return to the Summer Program) and the Warren E. Miller Scholarship (awarded to outstanding pre-tenure scholars, assistant professors, and senior graduate students conducting research on electoral/political behavior).

Dragana Svraka presented “How Political Institutions Condition Ethnic Political Parties: Comparative Analysis of Three Balkan Countries” at the 2017 Convention of the Association for the Study of Nationalities.

Eyup Civelek presented “Coup-rtical Juncture: How do Coups Influence Internal Armed Conflicts? Evidence from Turkey and Thailand” at the 2017 Convention of the Association for the Study of Nationalities.

Ross Cotton gave an invited talk, “Institutional Leaps Based on Partisan Calculations: Party Competition and Institutional Change in the United Kingdom,” at Georgia College on April 19.

Leonardo Villalon, Daniel Eizenga and Ibrahim Yahaya Ibrahim participated in the conference: “Quel Avenir pour la résolution des conflits en Afrique de l’Ouest,” co-organized by the Centre FrancoPaix of the Chaire Raoul-Dandurand at the Université de Québec à Montréal, and the West Africa Peace and Security Network, in Montreal on 4-5 May 2017. Villalon chaired a panel entitled “Crises dans les Sociétés Saheliens” on which Eizenga presented “Guarding Stability: Chad and the Politics of Security in the Sahel,” and Ibrahim presented “Jihadism in the North, Islamism in the South: Why has Islamic Activism in Mali Taken Different Forms?”

The following graduate students presented at the 2017 Western Political Science Association Conference in Vancouver, British Columbia:

  • Alec Dinnin: Paper – “A Tale of Two Elitisms: Ortega y Gasset’s Influence on the Spanish Falange”
  • Onur Muftugil: Paper – “Islam and Human Rights: Human Dignity and the Purposes of Law”

Li-Li Chen received an O. Ruth McQuown Scholarship Supplementary Award from College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Karla Mundim has been awarded a Tinker Travel Grant from the Latin American Center to conduct fieldwork in Ecuador and Peru in May 2017.

Lina Benabdallah has won a Graduate Teaching Assistant Award from the Graduate School.

Lina Benabdallah has also accepted a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in political science at Wake Forest University.

Adam Bilinski has accepted a full-time position as a temporary instructor in political science at Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, Kansas.

The following graduate students presented at the 2017 Midwestern Political Science Association Conference in Chicago, Illinois:

  • Rahmi Cemen: Panel Discussant – “Public Opinion and Transitions to Democracy”; Poster Discussant – “Arab Spring (!) and its Aftermath: The Rise of Radical Islamic Groups”
  • Ross D. Cotton: Paper – “Institutional Leaps Based on Partisan Calculations: Party Competition and Institutional Change in the United Kingdom” (with Cary Christopher Fontana, University of Oregon)
  • Ningxin Dong: Paper – “The Rule of Law and Economic Development: A Case Study of China”
  • Amanda B. Edgell: Paper – “Vying for a Man Seat: Constituency Magnitude and Mainstream Female Candidature in Uganda and Kenya”; Panel Discussant – “Timing and Trends in Transitions to Democracy”
  • Justin Allen Hoyle: Paper – “The Unclaimed Pawn: Why State Response to Ethnic Violence Against Coptic Christians Changes” (with Nancy Masood)
  • Junseok Lee: Paper – “Degree of Self-Determination along the Black Sea Basin: Secession or Autonomy?”

  • Peter R. Licari: Paper – “A Culture of Democracy?: Immigrant Voter Participation in the United States” (with Michael P. McDonald)

  • Nancy Masood: Paper – “The Unclaimed Pawn: Why State Response to Ethnic Violence Against Coptic Christians Changes” (with Justin Allen Hoyle)

  • Onur Muftugil: Paper – “Liberal Islam’s “Deadly Hermeneutics””

  • Karla Mundim: Paper – “A Call for Unity in the Andes: How the Relationship Between Highland and Lowland Ethnic Groups Shapes the Success of Indigenous Movements in the Region”

  • Anna Kapambwe Mwaba: Paper – “Eurasian Experimentation with Electoral Systems: Exceptional or Generalizable?” (with Bryon J. Moraski)

Jessie-Leigh Seago was recently awarded a US Fulbright research grant for nine months of travel in Namibia, where she will conduct her dissertation research on white mobilization in Southern Africa.

On April 1, Kathleen Sabol presented a paper entitled, “The Image Management of ISIS: An Analysis of Images in Social Media as Weapons to Attract, Mobilize and Recruit.” at the Florida Political Science Association annual conference at Valencia College (Orlando, FL).

Keith Lee successfully defended his dissertation, “Reconstructed: The Populist Revolt as the Cornerstone of Political Development in the American South.” His dissertation committee consisted of Larry Dodd (chair), Beth Rosenson, David Hedge, Seth C. McKee (Texas Tech), and Bill Link (History). Congratulations Dr. Lee!

Miaad Hassan was awarded an academic year FLAS fellowship for 2017-2018 to study intermediate Turkish.

Alexandria Wilson was awarded an academic year FLAS for 2017-2018 to continue studying Czech language by the Center for European Studies.

Justin Hoyle was awarded a summer FLAS fellowship by the Center for African Studies to study Arabic at the American University in Cairo.

Richard Yon successfully defended his dissertation, “Emerging from the Shadows: Vice Presidential Influence in the Modern Era.” His committee consisted of Beth Rosenson (chair), Larry Dodd, Sharon Austin, Elizabeth Dale (History), and Robert Watson (Lynn University). Congratulations Dr. Yon!

Jenny Boylan gave an invited talk, “The Democratic Benefits of Centralized Institutions in Ghana,” at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks on March 7.

Li-Li Chen received an Honorable Mention for the 2017 Emerging Scholar Award by the Association of Academic Women at the Women’s History Month Celebration on March 1.

The following graduate students presented at the 2017 International Studies Association Conference in Baltimore, Maryland:

  • Oumar Ba: Paper – “The Limits of State Compliance: Kenya and the International Criminal Court (ICC)”
  • Lina Benabdallah: Paper – “When Propaganda Meets Foreign Policy: Building Legitimacy through Media Narratives”
  • Li-Li Chen: Papers (2) – “Women’s Participation and Capability in Making War and Peace: The Case of Timor-Leste” and “Are NGOs Good or Evil? Mixed Results in the Case of Timor-Leste”; ISA Committee Panel Participation – “Pay it Forward: Women Helping Women”
  • Alec Chung: Paper – “Effects of China’s Economic Impact on the Assessment of China Threat”
  • Eyup Civelek: Paper – “Commitment to Conflict or Compromise? A Mixed Framework to Uncover the Link between Ethnic Political Parties and the Support to Violent Rebel Organizations”
  • Joshua Couronne: Paper – “Sex and War: Exploring Leader Sex and Militarized Behavior”
  • Justin Hoyle: Paper – “Playing for Keeps: The Real Economic Determinants of Self-Financed Army Intervention” (with Nancy Masood)
  • Hye Ryeon Jang: Paper – “Understanding Spatial Correlation between Geostrategic Values of China’s Disputed Islands and the Escalation of Its Militarized Maritime Disputes”
  • Minju Jung: Paper – “Network Health Governance and WHO Responses to Global Health Challenges”
  • Nancy Masood: Paper – “Playing for Keeps: The Real Economic Determinants of Self-Financed Army Intervention” (with Justin Hoyle)
  • Jessie-Leigh Seago: Paper – “Semiotic Narratives of Whiteness: Constructing White Identity in Contemporary South Africa”
  • Saskia van Wees: Paper – “Normative Pressure and Environmental Governance”
  • Anna L. Weissman: ISA Roundtable Participation – “Motherhood, Intersectionality and Global Politics”

Ross Cotton has received the Association internationale des études québécoises and the American Council for Québec Studies Québec/US University Grant to do field research in Québec this summer.

Kokila (Koki) Mendis successfully defended her dissertation, “A Critical Race Perspective: The Integration Experience of Swedish Women of Color.” Her dissertation committee consisted of Leslie Anderson (chair), Conor O’Dwyer, Les Thiele, Dan O’Neill and Alin Gevano (Sociology and the Center for European Studies). Congratulations Dr. Mendis!

Oumar Ba successfully defended his dissertation, “Outsourcing Justice: Africa and the Politics of the International Criminal Court.” His dissertation committee consisted of Aida Hozic (chair), Ido Oren, Leo Villalon, Dan O’Neill and Sharon Abramowitz (Anthropology). Congratulations Dr. Ba!

Seaton Tarrant has accepted a position as Assistant Professor in Environmental Studies at The Oregon Extension, located at the crossroads of the Cascade, Klamath, and Siskiyou mountain ranges, within the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument in Southern Oregon.

Thessalia Merivaki has accepted a tenure-track position as Assistant Professor in Political Science at Mississippi State University in Starkville, Mississippi.

The following graduate students presented at the 2017 Southern Political Science Association Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana:

  • Nouf Aljassar: Paper – “Afghanistan Social Structure Challenges and the Political Stability”
  • Miaad Hassan: Paper – “The Role of Culture in Understanding and Identifying Women’s Rights Violations”
  • Peter Licari: Papers (2) – “They’re Coming to America: Country of Origin, Political Freedom, and Acculturation’s Impact on Immigrant Turnout” (with Michael P. McDonald) and “Post-Racial America or Post-Racial Presidency? Implications of Race of Interviewer Effects in 2008 and 2012”
  • Robert Mermer: Paper – “An Investigation of Congressional Scrutiny of Judicial Review & Statutory Overrides”
  • Kathleen Sabol: Paper – “Integrating Women’s Political Participation while Rebuilding Afghanistan”
  • Charles G. Shields: Papers (2) – “Flunking the Electoral College? Comparing Normative Critiques with Empirical Analysis of Alternative Presidential Election Models, 1952-2016” (with Richard S. Conley) and “Negotiation, Impasse, and Crusade: Processes of Elite Frame Framing in Congress”; Panel Discussant – “Policy Making in the U.S.” and “Identity Formation & Mobilization”
  • Enrijeta Shino: Paper – “The Impact of Survey Mode on Model Estimates of Voting Behavior” (with Michael D. Martinez)
  • Jeeye Song: Paper – “Bringing Comfort to Comfort Women: An Analysis of Relations between Japan and South Korea after the Second World War”
  • Dragana Svraka: Paper – “Problems of Liberty in Consociational Democracy”
  • Shritha Vasudevan: Paper – “Resolutions of the Constitutional Dilemma of the Uniform Civil Code in India through the CEDAW”
  • Ryan Whittingham: Paper – “Repression or Accommodation? A Bargaining Theory Model of State Repression”

Buket Oztas has accepted a tenure-track assistant professor position at Furman University starting in the fall.

Amanda Edgell presented a paper, entitled “Vying for a Man Seat: Constituency Magnitude and Mainstream Female Candidature in Uganda and Kenya,” at the African Studies Association conference held in Washington, D.C. on December 1st.

Daniel Eizenga presented a paper, entitled “Surviving Democratization: Dominant Party Strategies in Burkina Faso and Chad,” at the African Studies Association conference held in Washington, D.C. on December 3.

Daniel Eizenga presented reports for Freedom House’s 2016 Freedom in the World Report on Burkina Faso and Chad at their sub-Saharan Africa meeting in New York City on December 6.

Emily Pukuma presented a paper, entitled “Democratic Breakdown and Survival: A Tale of Two Transitions in Ghana,” at the African Studies Association conference held in Washington, D.C. on December 2.

Oumar Ba has accepted a position as a tenure-track Assistant Professor of political science at Morehouse College, in Atlanta, starting August 2017.

Bill Radunovich successfully defended his dissertation, “Values and Their Impact on Presidential Vote Choice”. His supervisory committee was Michael Martinez (chair), Steve Craig, Larry Dodd, Ken Wald, and Rob White (Sociology). Congratulations, Dr. Radunovich!

Mamadou Bodian successfully defended his dissertation, “The Politics of Electoral Reform in Francophone West Africa: The Birth and Change of Electoral Rules in Mali, Niger, and Senegal.” His supervisory committee was Leo Villalón (chair), Michael Bernhard, Larry Dodd, Bryon Moraski, Dan Smith, and Fiona McLaughlin (Languages, Literatures, & Cultures). Congratulations, Dr. Bodian!

Emily Pukuma has been awarded a CLAS Dissertation Fellowship funded by the W. W. Massey, Sr. Presidential Scholarship Fund for the Spring 2017 term.

Kathleen Sabol presented a paper entitled “Image Management of ISIS: An Analysis of Images in Social Media as Weapons to Attract, Mobilize and Recruit” at the International Studies Association – International Security Studies section conference on November 5, at the University of Notre Dame.

Jongmin Yang presented a paper entitled “Civilian’s Lives/Deaths in the War Time: A Different Take on Video-Games” on November 4, at the2016 Annual Meeting of the International Studies Association – Northeast in Baltimore, MD.

Jongmin Yang also presented a paper entitled “State or Market?: The South Korean Video Game Industry in the 1980s through 1990s”” on November 12, at the Popular Culture and World Politics 9.0 Conference at Balsillie School of International Affairs (Waterloo, ON, Canada).

Saskia van Wees participated on the panel, “The Role of Norms in Global Politics,” at the ISA Northeast Convention on November 4. She also participated in a methodology workshop.

Victoria Gorham has been awarded a Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad grant, which will be used to conduct nine months of dissertation fieldwork in Tanzania beginning in June 2017. Her dissertation is titled, “Recounting the Nation: Domination and Contestation of the National Narrative in the Cases of Tanzania, Kenya, Singapore, and Malaysia.”

Over the summer, Lia Merivaki accepted a position as (and is now working as) a Visiting Assistant Professor in American Politics at the University of South Florida in St. Petersburg.

Lina Benabdallah won the Best Graduate Student Paper Award for outstanding graduate student papers relevant to the study of foreign policy presented at the previous APSA Annual Meeting for her paper, “Emerging Powers as Socializers: Examining Norm Diffusion and Knowledge Production in China’s Security Strategy.”

Alicia D. Forster received an Honorable Mention for the Aaron Wildavsky Dissertation Award at the 2016 APSA for her dissertation, “American Political Behavior and the Role of Religious Context.”

The following graduate students presented at the 2016 American Political Science Association Conference in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania:

  • Anna Weissman: Paper – “The Girls of War in 1914 and 2014: The Evolution of Protection Racket (with Laura Sjoberg)”
  • Lina Benabdallah: Paper – “The Belt and Road Initiative and the Making of China’s Grand Strategy?”
  • Amanda Edgell: Paper – “Suicide by Competition: Authoritarian Adaptation and Regime Fragility” (with Michael Bernhard; Staffan I. Lindberg, University of Gothenburg)
  • Daniel Eizenga: Paper – “Contentious Politics and Elite Bargaining in Burkina Faso’s Regime Transition”
  • Scott G. Feinstein: Paper – “Breaking down Authoritarian Regimes: An Analysis of Economic Growth Theories”
  • Hye Ryeon Jang: Paper – “Pax-Petrolica? Rethinking the Oil-Interstate War Linkage” (with Benjamin Smith)
  • Christopher Manick: Panel Discussant – “Deliberative Democracy in Everyday Politics”; Paper – “Silent Majority Rule: Rethinking the Epistemic Value of Non-unanimous Decisions”
  • Enrijeta Shino: Paper – “Timing the Habit: Voter Registration and Turnout in the American States” (with Daniel A. Smith)

Ruchan Kaya accepted a one-year position (for this year) at Texas A&M University.

The following doctoral students successfully defended their dissertations over the summer:

  • Kevin Baron, “Presidents, Partisans, and Power Entrepreneurs: Institutional Reform and the Freedom of Information Act.” Kevin’s committee was Larry Dodd (chair), Richard Conley, Beth Rosenson, Zach Selden, and Sean Adams (History).
  • Jenny Boylan, “Political Competition via Centralized Sub-National Institutions: A Case Study of Ghana.” The committee included Michael Bernhard (chair), Ben Smith (co-chair), Staffan Lindberg (U. of Gothenburg), Badredine Arfi, and Brenda Chalfin (Anthropology).
  • Donald Campbell, “Fire Alarms or Smoke Detectors: The Role of Interest Groups in Confirmation of United States Courts of Appeals Judges.” Donald’s committee was Larry Dodd (chair), Marcus Hendershot (co-chair), David Hedge, Beth Rosenson, and Danaya Wright (Law School).
  • Dustin Fridkin, “Apprehensions of Democracy in Antebellum American Political Thought: Calhoun, Emerson, Douglass, and Whitman.” The committee was Dan O’Neill (chair), Dan Smith (co-chair), Larry Dodd, Les Thiele, and Sean Adams (History).
  • Lia Merivaki, “Registers at Different Speeds: The Differential Administration of Voter Registration Across the States.” Her committee consisted of Dan Smith (chair), Dave Hedge, Michael Martinez, Mike McDonald, and Larry Kenny (Economics).
  • Buket Oztas, “Party System Religiosity and the Quality of Democracy in Predominantly Muslim Countries.” The committee included Michael Bernhard (chair), Ben Smith, Leo Villalon, Ken Wald, and Alin Ceobanu (Sociology).
  • Seaton Tarrant, “The Democratic Faith and Sustainability Education.” The committee included Les Thiele (chair), Dan O’Neill, Albert Matheny, Tony Rosenbaum, and Martha Monroe (School of Forest Resources and Conservation).

Congratulations Drs. Baron, Boylan, Campbell, Fridkin, Merivaki, Oztas, and Tarrant!

Dan Eizenga gave an invited presentation “The Political Scene in Chad” as part of an Executive Analytical Exchange on Chad for Ambassador Designate Geeta Pasi at the Department of State in Washington D.C., August 2, 2016.

Dan Eizenga also gave an invited presentation “Boko Haram: Origins, Ideology, and Influence” at the Wreckerling Center for the Defense Language Institute of the Presidio of Monterey, CA. May 19, 2016. Coverage of the talk can be found at DLIFLC website

Magda Giurcanu has accepted a visiting position in the Department of Political Science at East Carolina University.

Rolda Darlington attended and participated in the first annual conference of the Association for the Study of Black Women in Political Science on May 11-14, 2016, at UC, Irvine. The conference participants conducted oral history interviews with Black women scholars in political science. While there, she interviewed Dr. Julia Jordan-Zachery of Providence College, about her experiences with publishing, teaching, and earning tenure in the academy. Many other scholars were interviewed, including our own Dr. Sharon Wright Austin.

Dong-Joon Jung (PhD 2015) received a post-doc position at The Institute for Peace and Unification Studies at Seoul National University.

Chris Manick received a Summer and Fall 2016 Graduate School Doctoral Dissertation Award.

Mitch Sellers (PhD 2016) has accepted a teaching-track assistant professor position at Temple University.

Kayli Smendec won the 2016 Best Honors Thesis Award. Kayli’s thesis, “Barack Obama and the Pursuit of Administrative Presidency,” was supervised by Professor David Hedge.

Amy Stringer (PhD 2015) has accepted a position as a Research Associate in the Lou Frey Institute of Politics & Government at the University of Central Florida. Her research area is in civic engagement.

Steven Lichty successfully defended his dissertation, “Pastors, Pulpits, Pews, and Politics: Religious Pedagogies of Democratic Empowerment.” His committee was Leo Villalón (chair),Ken Wald, Dan Smith, Kate Baldwin (Yale University), and Terje Østebø (Religion). Congratulations, Dr. Lichty!

Jeeye Song has been selected by the Center for European Studies to participate in the Erasmus Exchange Program this summer at Sofia University, Bulgaria.

Dragana Svraka presented “How Do States Classify Their Populations and What Are the Consequences of Such Classifications? Evidence from Europe” at the Association for the Study of Nationalities Conference.

Donald Campbell (ABD, American Political Institutions) has accepted a tenure-track position teaching judicial politics at Middle Tennessee State University, starting in the Fall. Donald has been teaching at the Mississippi School of Law while finishing up his dissertation. Congratulations, Donald!

Levy Odera (PhD 2013) recently accepted a position as Assistant Professor at Minerva Schools.

Eric Lake presented “Anonymity’s effect on the Relationship between States and Violent Extremist Organizations” at the 4th Annual Cadet/Students Conference on Terrorism, Insurgency and Asymmetric Conflicts.

Emily Pukuma presented “From Independence to Democratic Breakdown: Political Transitions in Malaysia” at the 2016 Midwestern Political Science Association Conference.

Lorna Bracewell recently accepted a tenure track position in Political Theory at the University of Nebraska – Kearney starting in fall of 2016. Congratulations, Lorna!

Alec Dinnin presented “Burke’s Multitude and Carlyle’s Millions: Conservative Visions of ‘the People” at the 2016 Western Political Science Association Annual Convention.

On March 25 Scott Feinstein defended his dissertation, “Ethnic War and Peace in Post-Soviet Eurasia.” His committee members were Ben Smith (chair), Michael Bernhard, Ingrid Kleespies (external), Conor O’Dwyer and Beth Rosenson. Congratulations, Dr. Feinstein!

Diana Forster, Ph.D. (Daniel Smith, Chair), has started a new position as “Content Analyst, Survey Design & Analysis” at Hanover Research, in Washington, DC. Congratulations, Diana!

Miaad Hassan was awarded an academic year FLAS award from the Center for European Studies to study Turkish.

Alexandria Wilson was awarded an academic year FLAS award from the Center for European Studies to study Czech.

Mitch Sellers successfully defended his dissertation, “Power Play: Gubernatorial Use of Executive Orders in the American States” on Monday, March 28. Professors Dan Smith (Chair), Ken Wald, Dave Hedge, Michael Martinez, and Larry Kenny (Economics) served on the committee. Congratulations Dr. Sellers!

Buket Oztas recently accepted a position as Visiting Faculty in Government at Franklin & Marshall in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Congratulations, Buket!

Kevin Funk, Sebastián Sclofsky, Dragana Svraka, and Anna Mwaba participated at the 2016 International Studies Association Annual Convention in Atlanta, GA.

  • Kevin Funk presented “To Batter down All Walls: How Chile Became a Rhetorical Tool for the Global Neoliberal Revolution,” co-presented (with Sebastián Sclofsky) “The Specter that Haunts Political Science: A Ruthless Criticism of Contemporary (Mis)Readings of Marx,” and served as discussant for the panel, “Death by Panels?: Re-Thinking Protest in IR and the Neoliberal Academy.”
  • Sebastián Sclofsky presented “Controlling Space and Race in the City of São Paulo”.
  • Dragana Svraka presented “Historical Memory and the Problem of Reconciliation in Bosnia and Herzegovina”.
  • Anna Mwaba presented “Moving beyond the domestic: The effect of regional organizations on attitudes towards democracy in Africa”.

Mauro J. Caraccioli (Ph.D. 2015) recently accepted a tenure-track position as Assistant Professor of Political Science (with a concentration in contemporary political theory) and Core faculty member in ASPECT (the Alliance for Social, Political, Ethical, and Cultural Thought) at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Congratulations, Mauro!

Christopher Manick gave an invited presentation titled “When to talk in school: An epistemic theory of deliberation in academic shared governance” for the Workshop on Politics, Ethics, and Society at Washington University in St Louis.

Keith Lee recently accepted a tenure-track assistant professor position at Georgia College (a liberal arts college in Milledgeville, GA). Congratulations, Keith!