PhD Students


Ruqaya Abdirahman
Ph.D. Student– International Relations


Simon Ballesteros
Ph.D. Student – Comparative Government


Yixin Bai
Ph.D. Student – Political Theory


Nicholas Barden
Ph.D. Student – Political Theory

Early Modern Political Thought, Sovereignty, Constitutionalism, Civil War

Ph.D. dissertation
Bridling the Prince: Reforming French Constitutional Thought, 1532-1586


Niccolò W. Bonifai
Ph.D. Candidate – International Relations
BS Bocconi University; MS London School of Economics and Political Science International Political Economy; Globalization; Economic Nationalism

Ph.D. dissertation
The Dog That Stopped Barking: Firms and the State in the New Phase of Globalization.

Publications
Economic Risk and Willingness to Learn about Globalization: A Field Experiment with Migrants and Other Underprivileged Groups in Vietnam (with Eddy Malesky and Nita Rudra), Conditionally Accepted, American Journal of Political Science.

Bonifai, Niccolo W., Nita Rudra, Carew Boulding and Samantha L. Moya. Globalization and Nationalism: Contending Forces in World Politics. 2022. International Studies Review 24(2): 1-7.

Rudra, Nita, Irfan Nooruddin, and Niccolo W. Bonifai. Globalization Backlash in Developing Countries: Broadening the Research Agenda. 2021. Comparative Political Studies, 2416-2441.


Quinn Bornstein
Ph.D. Student – American Government
BA Brown University; MA Georgetown University
Representation; Gender, Race, Ethnicity, and Politics; Rural Public Opinion and Rural Development; Food and Agriculture Public Policy

Publications
Trust in Government and its Implications for Policy Attitudes; State Uses of COVID-19 Funding for Local and Regional Food Systems


Benjamin Burnley
Ph.D. Student – American Government
BA Florida State University; MS Middle Tennessee University
Technology; Political communication; Political knowledge; Tech policy; Public opinion


Justin Casey

Ph.D. Candidate – International Relations
BS Towson University; MA Georgetown University
Propaganda; Ideology; Power Politics; Subversion; Hegemony; the Far Right

Ph.D. dissertation
Enemy Voices: The Evolution of Anglo-American Propaganda
Daniel Nexon (Chair), David Edelstein, Abraham L. Newman

Publications
Ideological Topography in World Politics: A Guide to the End of the Unipolar-Homogeneous Moment (International Studies Quarterly)
With Friends Like These: The Disadvantages of Total Ideology (working) Alternate Universalities: The Sources, Conduct, and Outcomes of Ideological Bloc Conflicts(with Daniel Nexon, Working)


Joel Chavez
Ph.D. Student – Comparative Government
BA University of Texas at Austin; MPA Texas A&M
U.S. Energy Policy; Intergovernmental Relations; Oil and Gas Production Markets; Curbing the Natural Resource Curse


Joseph Dains
Ph.D. Student – Political Theory


Manon Fortemps
Ph.D. Student – International Relations
MA Sciences Po Paris
State fragility, state conflict, western foreign aid, political economy of international organizations


Andrew P. Gibson
PhD Candidate – Political Theory/International Relations
BA Michigan State University; MA The University of Chicago; MA Georgetown University
Machiavelli, Republicanism, Renaissance Political Thought, IR Realism

Ph.D. dissertation
The Transatlantic Machiavelli: Political Realism, Renaissance Republicanism, and Twentieth Century Power Politics (1915-1975)

Publications
A ‘Republican by Reason’: Friedrich Meinecke, the Reason of State, and the Problem of Machiavellism (working paper)


Christian Alejandro Gonzales
Ph.D. Student – Comparative Government
BA Columbia University
18th and 19th-century political thought; historiography and philosophy of history; moral philosophy; slavery and abolition; the French Revolution and the rise of modern democracy


Mikael Good
Ph.D. Student – Political Theory


Matthew David Hamilton
Ph.D. Student – Political Theory
BA Moody Bible Institute; MA Princeton Theological Seminary
Normative and International Relations Theory

Ph.D. dissertation
Whose Autonomy? Which Self-Determination?

Publications
“Opening the Thucydides Trap” “Laughing to Death”


Rashaud Hannah
Ph.D. Student – American Government


Sarah Hayes
Ph.D. Student – American Government
BA California State University; MA University of California
Race & Ethnic Politics, Gender Politics, Political Behavior, and Public Policy 


Jonas Heering
Ph.D. Student – International Relations
BA Texas Christian University; MA Georgetown University
Internet governance and International relations; Regulation of social media, disinformation, and digital authoritarianism 


Steven Huckleberry
Ph.D. Student – International Relations
BA Columbus State University; MA US Naval War College & Salve Regina University
International Security & Great Power Competition


Suna Jeong
Ph.D. Student – Comparative Government


Sebastian Kennelly
Ph.D. Student – Political Theory


Ahmed Khattab

Ph.D. Candidate – Comparative Government
BA American University in Cairo; BBA American University in Cairo; MA University of Toronto
Migration; Diaspora politics; Citizenship; Autocracy

Ph.D. dissertation
Crises and Emigrants: The Engineering of Domestic Politics Abroad
Abstract
How do political crises affect the relationship between home states and their emigrants? When offered political engagement opportunities, why do some emigrants choose to participate, refrain, or shift between these alternatives? What explains these variations? Through the lens of the Arab uprisings and antecedent politics, I examine how developing [sending] states in crisis engage with their extraterritorial citizens. My dissertation strives to account for the contentious politics of activating and deactivating diasporic communities during politically turbulent times. 

Publications
Ahmed Khattab. “When Social Mobility is Not an Option: How the Kafala System Encourages Anti-Immigrant Sentiment”. (Under review).
Ahmed Khattab. “A Tale of Two Uprisings: Egyptians and the Military”. (R&R).
Ahmed Khattab. “Political Crises and Diaspora Enfranchisement: Egypt and Tunisia’s Emigrant-Citizens”. (Working paper).


Da Sul Kim
Ph.D. Student – Comparative Government
BA Chung-Ang University (South Korea)
Political economy of poverty; Characteristics of regimes(authoritarianism) and institutions; Foreign investment & redistribution policy


Min Ha Kim
Ph.D. Student – International Relations


Thijs Kleinpaste
Ph.D. Student – Political Theory



Hashem Krayem
Ph.D. Student – International Relations


Theodore Lai
Ph.D. Student – Political Theory
BA Yale-NUS College(Singapore); MA University of Chicago
Rhetoric and Conceptual Change, Ancient Greek and Roman Civil Wars, American Civil War


Theodore Landsman
Ph.D. Student – American Government


Pedro Lara de Arruda
Ph.D. Student – Comparative Government


Cathy Lee
Ph.D. Student – International Relations


Claire Lee
Ph.D. Student – Comparative Government


Keeheon Lee
Ph.D. Student – Comparative Government
BA University of California, Los Angeles
Natural Resource and Environmental Politics of Developing Countries; Indonesian (and Southeast Asian) Politics; Political Institutions; Political Economy


Timothy Liptrot
Ph.D. Student – Comparative Government


Marcel Mejia Taveras
Ph.D. Student – Comparative Government


Kylie McGlothlin
Ph.D. Student – Political Theory
BA Indiana University
Early French liberal thought, the individual and society, Mme de Staël, literature and politics

Ph.D. dissertation
Literature and Liberal Thought: Theatre, the Novel, and Mme de Staēl


Patrick McSweeney
Ph.D. Student – American Government


Shea Minter
Ph.D. Student – International Relations


Ankushi Mitra
Ph.D. Student – Comparative Government
BS Georgetown University; MS Trinity College Dublin
Comparative citizenship, meaningful citizenship, and uneven development; Sustainable development


Jessica Norris
Ph.D. Student – Comparative Government
BA University of California, Santa Barbara
Energy and environmental policy design, specifically within the Chinese political context; Focuses on the origins and viability of China’s burgeoning cap and trade policy


Maria Pachon
Ph.D. Student – International Relations


Gabrielle Panzo
Ph.D. Student – American Government
BA University of Miami; MA University of Miami


Parushya
Ph.D. Student – Comparative Government


Anna Paula Pellegrino
Ph.D. Candidate – Comparative Government
BS PUC-Rio; MA PUC-Rio
Policy process in developing countries; Organized criminal violence; Brazil and Latin America


Kerney Perlik
Ph.D. Student – International Relations
BS United States Military Academy, West Point; MA Fletcher School at Tufts University
War Termination, Rapprochement Theory, Post-Conflict Interstate Relations, Conflict-Cooperation Spectrum


Ludovico Picciotto
Ph.D. Student – Political Theory
BS London School of Economics; Dual MA/MSc Columbia University & LSE
Early Modern Political Theory; History of Money and Finance


Rong Qin
Ph.D. Student – International Relations
BA William & Mary; MA Johns Hopkins SAIS
Interdependence; Disruptive Technologies; Technology Governance; Diplomacy; Trade and Investment


Benjamin Reese
Ph.D. Student – American Government
BA Hood College
Bureaucratic Politics; U.S. Presidency; Public Administration; Causal Inference; Data Science

Publications
Benjamin Reese. “Estimating Unknown Cut-points in Regression Discontinuity & Kink Designs.” Working Paper
Benjamin Reese. “Bottom-Up Patronage: How Civil Service Reform Increased Competition in Congressional Elections.” Working Paper.


Nayeli L. Riano
Ph.D. Student – Political Theory
BA University of Pennsylvania; MA University of St Andrews
History of political thought; 19th-20th century Latin American political thought; Hispanic and German intellectual influences; Spanish liberal philosophy; Theories of citizenship; Philosophy of History


Cecilia Ritacco
Ph.D. Student – American Government
BA Rutgers University
Gender, Identity Politics, Representation, Legislative Studies

Publications
Ritacco, Cecilia. 2022. “Virtual Realities: Intersectional and Online Violence Against Women in the 117th Congress.” Pi Sigma Alpha Undergraduate Journal of Politics.
“Trust in Government and its Implications for Policy Attitudes.” with Nadia E. Brown, Jamil S. Scott, India S. Lenear, Sarah V. Hayes, and Quinn Bornstein (working paper)
“Intersectionality and Violence Against Women in Politics: A Research Agenda.” with Nadia E. Brown, Paru Shah, Liza Mügge, and Myrte Van der Zwet (working paper)


Henry Saroyan
Ph.D. Student – Political Theory
BA The University of Chicago
History of republican thought; English Civil War; Ancient Greek political thought; International relations theory


John Severini
Ph.D. Student – International Relations
BA Ohio State University; MPA Columbia University
Military Effectiveness, Naval Warfare, Civil-Military Relations


Tomohiro Shibata
Ph.D. Candidate – International Relations
MA The University of Chicago
International relations theory


Daniel Solomon
Ph.D. Student – Comparative Government


Gabriela Schroer do Nascimento
Ph.D. Student – American Government
BA Clark University


Howard Tai
Ph.D. Candidate – Political Theory
BA Georgetown University
American liberalism; Immigration; Citizenship; Transnationalism


Mackenzie Taradalsky
Ph.D. Student – American Government


Kenton Thibaut
Ph.D. Student – International Relations
MA John Hopkins University SAIS
China domestic politics; Technology governance; Emerging technologies; Chinese foreign policies.


Brian Thorn
Ph.D. Candidate – Political Theory
BA University of New Hampshire; MA The University of Chicago
History of political economic thought.


Anushka Vishahan
Ph.D. Student – American Government
BA The College of New Jersey


LeRhonda Washington
Ph.D. Student – International Relations
BA Cornell University; MA Georgetown University
Chemical Biological Radiological and Nuclear(CBRN) Defense


Henry Watson
Student – American Government
BA American University; MPP American University
Urban politics, housing, interest groups, political institutions

Ph.D. dissertation
The Politics of Local Affordable Housing Policy in the United States

Publications
Forthcoming with co-authors Philip Garboden, Brian McCabe, and Eva Rosen: “Every Month Like Clockwork? Patterns and Prevalence of Serial Eviction Filing among Landlords”
Working Paper: “The Effects of Bureaucratic Capacity on State & Local Policymaking”


Dain Yoo
Ph.D. Student – Comparative Government
BA Binghamton University; MA Seoul National University
Authoritarianism; Repression; Political rhetoric; Text-as data; Middle East politics