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2017-18 PhD Candidates

Joshua Baker
Working Dissertation: “Knowing if We Know Enough: Effective Transparency and Nuclear Threat Inflation”
Committee Chair: Jane Cramer

Michael Faherty
Working Dissertation: “Political Facts and Misperceptions: Informing the Public and Countering Motivated Reasoning”
Committee Chair: Daniel Tichenor

Cary Fontana
Working Dissertation: “The Rise of Regionalist Parties: Reconceptualizing Electoral Success and the Supply-Side of Party Politics”
Committee Chair: Craig Parsons

Nicole Francisco
Working Dissertation: “Organizing from the Inside: Contemporary Queer Prison Abolition Work”
Committee Chair: Alison Gash

Yongwoo Jeung
Working Dissertation: “Political Economy of Race in the U.S. Labor Market in the 1960s”
Committee Chair: Gerald Berk
Research Interests: American Political Development, Political Economy of Skill Formation in Industrialized Countries, U.S. Labor Market and Race

Shawna Meechan
Working Dissertation: “Building Stable Governments in Post-Ethnic Civil War Societies – The Importance of Civilian Policing”
Committee Chair: Craig Parsons
Research Interests: Comparative Politics, Public Policy, Comparative Ethnic Conflict, Civil War, Post-Conflict Rebuilding, Policing and Security

Malori Musselman
Working Dissertation: “Planting Diverse Seeds: Faith-Based Environmental Action in the United States”
Committee Chair: Joseph Lowndes
Research Interests: Political Culture and Identities, Religion and Politics, Feminist Theory, Body Politics, Environmental Political Theories

Benedikt Springer
Working Dissertation: “Building Single Markets in Federal Polities”
Committee Chair: Craig Parsons
Research Interests: Comparative Politics, Political Economy, European Politics

John Valdez
Working Dissertation: “The Impact of Norms of Nuclear Weapons Use on American Foreign Policy and the Non-Proliferation Regime”
Committee Chair: Jane Cramer
Research Interests: International Relations, American Foreign Policy, Interpretive Methods, Nuclear Weapons Politics, Cold War History, Causes of Major Power War

Patrick Van Orden
Working Dissertation: “The Foreign Policy of Revolutionary States”
Committee Chair: Tuong Vu
Research Interests: Comparative Politics; International Relations; International Political Economy; Global Finance; Civil-Military Relations

2016-17 Placements


2015-16 Placements

Robin Barklis
Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, Linfield College
Dissertation: “Together in Time: Historical Injustice, Collective Memory, and the Boundaries of Membership”
Committee Chair: Deborah Baumgold
Research Interests: Normative Political Theory, Non-Ideal Theory, Transitional Justice, Public Memory

Lisa Beard
Chancellor’s and Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California – Riverside
Dissertation: “If We Were Kin: Race, Identification, and Intimate Political Appeal”
Committee Chairs: Daniel HoSang and Joseph Lowndes
Research Interests: U.S. Politics, Racial Politics, Political Theory, Political Culture, Social Movements, Discourse, Gender and Sexuality Politics

Mehmet Celil Celebi
Instructor, Department of Political Science, University of Oregon
Dissertation: “Contesting Democracy: A Relational Approach to the Study of Regime Change in Turkey Under the JDP Governments Until 2013”
Committee Chair: Craig Parsons
Research Interests: Interpretivist Methodologies, Turkish Politics, European Politics and European Integration, Politics of Development

Meian Chen
Analyst, Energy Foundation, China
Dissertation: “Seizing the Opportunity: Climate Politics in Developing Countries”
Committee Chair: Ronald Mitchell
Research Interests: International Relations, International Environmental Politics, Climate and Energy Policies, Politics of China, Quantitative Methods (statistical analysis), International Political Economy

David Root
Assistant Professor, Department of History and Political Science, Indiana
University of Indianapolis
Dissertation: “The Chief Justice: Democratic Leadership of Judicial Decision-Making in the Hidden Branch”
Committee Chair: Alison Gash

John (Jay) Steinmetz
Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Oregon
Dissertation: “Reel American Creed: Race and Liberalism in Hollywood Cinema”
Committee Chair: Gerald Berk
Research Interests: American Politics, Film History, American Political Culture, Film Theory, Political Philosophy, Liberalism, Film Censorship

2014-15 Placements

Jessica Hejny
Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Environmental Studies, Amherst College
Dissertation: “Pragmatist Policymaking: Rethinking Deliberation and Experimentation in Contemporary Environmental Governance”
Committee Chair: Gerald Berk
Research Interests: Environmental Politics and Policy, Public Policy, Contemporary Political Theory, American Pragmatist Philosophy

Kelley Littlepage
Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, Bowling Green State University
Dissertation: “Crafting International Legal Orders: Horizontal Legal Intergration and the Borrowing of Foreign Law in British Courts”
Committee Chair: Craig Parsons

Kathryn Miller
Joint Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Politics and Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies Program, Oberlin College
Dissertation: “Violence on the Periphery: Gender, Migration, and Violence Against Women in the US Context”
Committee Chair: Daniel Tichenor
Research Interests: US Politics and Public Policy, Immigration, Gender and Migration, Gendered Violence, Language Politics

Joshua Plencner
Assistant Visiting Professor, Department of Politics, Union College
Dissertation: “Four-Color Political Visions: Origins, Affect, and Assemblage in American Superhero Comic Books”
Committee Chair: Joseph Lowndes
Research Interests: American Politics, Culture, and Identity; Race and Racism; Visual Culture and Methods; Political Theory; Comics Studies; Cultural Policy

Jeremy Strickler
Assistant Professor, Department of American Politics and Public Policy, University of Tennessee-Chattanooga
Dissertation: “Between Guns and Butter: Cold War Presidents, Agenda-Setting, and Visions of National Strength”
Committee Chair: Daniel Tichenor

Nicolas Thompson
Assistant Professor, School of Interdisciplinary Global Studies, University of South Florida
Dissertation: “Imagining the Fed: Central Bank Structure and United States Monetary Governance (1913 – 1968)”
Committee Chair: Gerald Berk

2013-14 Placements

Debasis Bhattacharya
Professor, Indian Institute of Learning & Management at the National Capital Region, India
Dissertation: “Legislative-Executive Relations and U.S. Foreign Policy: Continuum of Consensus and Dissension in Strategic Political Decision Process from 1970-2010”
Committee Chair: Priscilla Southwell

Jekatyerina (Katya) Dunajeva
Assistant Professor, Pázmány Péter Catholic University 
Dissertation: “‘Bad Gypsies’ and ‘Good Roma’: Constructing Ethnic and Political Identities through Education in Russia and Hungary”
Committee Chair: Craig Parsons

Abdurrahman Pasha
Recruitment Coordinator, The Student’s Cooperative Association
Dissertation: “Between Conservatism and Socialism: Political Ambiguity and the Self-Help Cooperative Movement in Los Angeles, 1931-1940”
Committee Chair: Joseph Lowndes

 2012-13 Placements

Clayton Cleveland
Lecturer, Department of Government, College of William and Mary
Dissertation: “Storming the Security Council: The Revolution in UNSC Authority Over the Projection of Military Force”
Committee Chair: Ronald Mitchell

Joseph Deckert
Technical Services Manager, Epic Software
Dissertation: “Patterns of Fraud: Tools for Election Forensics”
Committee Chair: Mikhail Myagkov

Evgeniya (Jane) Lukinova
Global Postdoctoral Fellow at NYU Shanghai
Dissertation: “Behavioral and Neurobehavioral Features of Sociality”
Committee Chair: Mikhail Myagkov

2011-12 Placements

Daniel Andersen
Instructor, Department of Political Science, Oregon State University
Dissertation: IFrom Deliberation to Dialogue: The Role of the I-Thou in Democratic Experience”
Committee Chair: Deborah Baumgold

2010-11 Placements

Bruno Anili
Assistant Consultant, Veredus – London
Dissertation: “Beyond Liberal Discourse: Meta-Ideological Hegemony and Narrative Alternatives”
Committee Chair: Deborah Baumgold

Edward Duggan
Assistant Professor, Tallahassee Community College
Dissertation: “The War Lobby: Iraq and the Pursuit of U.S. Primacy”
Committee Chair: Jane Cramer

Leif Hoffmann
Associate Professor, Social Sciences Division, Lewis-Clark State College
Dissertation: “Land of the Free, Home of the (Un)regulated: A Look at Market-Building and Liberalization in the EU and the US”
Committee Chair: Craig Parsons

Forrest Nabors
Associate Professor and Department Chair, Department of Political Science, University of Alaska – Anchorage
Dissertation: “The Problem of Reconstruction: The Political Regime of the Antebellum Slave South”
Committee Chair: Gerald Berk

2009-10 Placements

Jennifer Hehnke
Teacher, Eugene International High School
Dissertation: “The Politics of Racial Integration in the Seattle Public Schools: Discourse, Policy, and Political Change, 1954-1991”
Committee Chair: Gerald Berk

Sean Parson
Associate Professor, Department of Politics and International Affairs, Northern Arizona University – Flagstaff
Dissertation: “An Ungovernable Force? Food Not Bombs, Homeless Activism and Politics in San Francisco, 1988-1995”
Committee Chair: Gerald Berk

Karen Peters Van Essen
Attorney, Los Angeles, California
Dissertation: “Opacity in an Era of Transparency: The Politics of De Facto Nuclear Weapon States”
Committee Chair: Lars Skalnes

Ryan Smith
Child and Family Therapist, South Lane Mental Health Svc
Dissertation: “A Comparative Assessment of Deliberative Claims: The Health Services Commission, the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board, and New Community Meetings I and II”
Committee Chair: Gerald Berk

2008-09 Placements

Michelle Diggles
Senior Policy Advisor, Third Way
Dissertation: “Popular Response to Neoliberal Reform: The Political Configuration of Property Rights in Two Ejidos in Yucatan, Mexico”
Committee Chair: Dennis Galvan

Steven Rothman
Associate Professor, Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University
Dissertation: “Explaining the International Agenda: Frames and Power in Politics”
Committee Chair: Ronald Mitchell

Courtney Smith
Vice Consul, U.S. Department of State – U.S. Embassy to the Philippines
Dissertation: “The Politics of the Marked Body: An Examination of Female Genital Cutting and Breast Implantation”
Committee Chair: Dennis Galvan

2006-07 Placements

Dylan Bennett
Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Wisconsin-Waukesha
Dissertation: “Institutional Amplification and the Quasi-Liberal Ideological Work of Sports Talk Radio”
Committee Chair: Gerald Berk

Jason Hartwig
Education and Programs Manager, Peterson Automotive Museum, California
Dissertation: “Flexibility, Fluidity, and Flux: Towards a Complex Theory of International Politics”
Committee Chair: John Orbell

Clinton Smith
Adjunct Instructor, Lane Community College
Dissertation: “Online Contentious Politics: Internet Use in the Dynamics of Political Change in Singapore”
Committee Chair: Richard Suttmeier

Edwin Taylor
Associate Professor and Department Chair, Department of Economics, Political Science, and Sociology, and Co-Director of Peace and Conflict Studies, Missouri Western State University; President of Pacific Northwest Political Science Association
Dissertation: “Engendering Peace: Masculinity, Femininity, and the Good Friday Negotiations in Northern Ireland”
Committee Chair: Dennis Galvan

Qinghua (Brian) Wang
Associate Professor of Political Science, School of Sociology and Political Science, Shanghai University
Dissertation: “Higher Education Reform in Post-Mao China: Market Forces vs. Political Control”
Committee Chair: Richard Suttmeier

2005-06 Placements

Mei Jiang
Tax Manager, Cisco Systems
Dissertation: “State Construction towards National Integration and Cultural Diversity in Modern China: A Case of Sichuan Province in the Southwest of China”
Committee Chair: Richard Kraus

Eric Lindgren
Carroll Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Oregon AY16-17
Dissertation: “Understanding the Effect of Progressive Era Electoral Reforms on City Elections: The San Francisco Board of Supervisors’ Races”
Committee Chair: Gerald Berk

2004-05 Placements

Lada Kochtcheeva
Associate Professor, School of Public and International Affairs, North Carolina State University
Dissertation: “Institutional Requisites for Flexible Policy Instruments: Environmental Policy in the United States and Russia”
Committee Chair: Richard Suttmeier

Oleg Smirnov
Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, Stony Brook University
Dissertation: “Formal Evolutionary Modeling and the Problems of Political Science”
Committee Chair: John Orbell

2003-04 Placements

R. Charli Carpenter
Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Massachusetts-Amherst
Dissertation: “Innocent Women and Children: Gender, Norms and the Protection of Civilians”
Committee Chair: Ronald Mitchell

Robin Jacobson
Associate Professor, Department of Politics and Government, University of Puget Sound
Dissertation: “Beyond the Border: Collective Action, Citizenship and Color in Proposition 187”
Committee Chairs: Gerald Berk and Julie Novkov

Kevin Pirch
Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Political Science and International Affairs, Eastern Washington University
Dissertation: “The Others: Third Party Presidential Candidates and the Elite Print Media, 1968-2000”
Committee Chair: Priscilla Southwell

2002-03 Placements

Max Brown
Advocacy and Development Policy Analyst, Aging and People with Disabilities Program, Oregon Department of Human Services
Dissertation: “Trust, Power, and Workplace Democracy: A Study of Health and Safety Works Councils in Oregon”
Committee Chair: Gerald Berk

Mathew Manweller
Professor, Department of Political Science, Central Washington University; Deputy Floor Leader and Ranking Member of the Labor Committee, Washington State House of Representatives
Dissertation: “Initiative Elites and the Courts: A Strategic New Institutionalist View of the State Initiative”
Committee Chair: Julie Novkov

2001-02 Placements

Joseph Boland
Director of Application Development, Department of Educational and Community Supports, University of Oregon
Dissertation: “The Cold War Legacy of Regulatory Risk Analysis: The Atomic Energy Commission and Radiation Safety”
Committee Chair: Gerald Berk

Nandita Chaudhuri
Research Scientist, Public Policy Research Institute, Texas A&M University
Dissertation: “Colonial Legacies and the Politics of Ethnoregionalism in South Asia: The Cases of Chittagong Hill Tracts and Jharkhand Movements”
Committee Chair: Richard Kraus

2000-01 Placements

Jhea-Whan Hong
Director, E-Government & Soft Power Research Center, The Korea Institute of Public Administration
Dissertation: “The Puzzles of Korean Technological Development, 1960-97”
Committee Chair: Richard Suttmeier

Patricia Keilbach
Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
Dissertation: “Domestic and International Sources of Environmental Cooperation: A Study of European Union Expansion”
Committee Chair: Ronald Mitchell

Jeffrey Schroeder
Professor, Des Moines Area Community College
Dissertation: “Recognizing that Intellectual Property Rights are Private Rights: A Political Theory of the Origin and Development of Private Intellectual Property Rights with Case Analysis of the Pacific Rim”
Committee Chair: Richard Suttmeier

Andrew Wahlstrom
Academic Advisor, Lundquist College of Business, University of Oregon
Dissertation: “Liberalism, Perfectionism, and Religious Community”
Committee Chair: Deborah Baumgold

Stefanie Wickstrom
Senior Lecturer, Department of Political Science, Central Washington University
Dissertation: “The Political Ecology of Development and Indigenous Resistance in Panama and the United States: A Comparative Study of the Ngobe, Kuna, Zuni, and Skokomish Societies”
Committee Chair: Jane Dawson
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1999-00 Placements

Scott Crosson
Economist, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Dissertation: “Exclusive Group Formation as a Collective Action Problem”
Committee Chair: John Orbell

James Hanley
Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, Adrian College
Dissertation: “The Role of Non-Cooperative Games in the Evolution of Cooperation”
Committee Chair: John Orbell

Michael Welsh
Professor, Department of Economics and Political Science, Keene State College
Dissertation: “Discursive Policy Processes and the Environment: Lessons from Case Studies of Public Range Management”
Committee Chair: Gerald Berk

1998-99 Placements

Stuart Shulman
Founder and CEO of Texifter, LLC; Inventor of DiscoverText and Sifter; Research Associate Professor, Textifier
Dissertation: “The Origin of the Federal Farm Loan Act: Agenda-Setting in the Progressive Era Print Press”
Committee Chair: Gerald Berk

Paul Thiers
Associate Professor, School of Politics, Philosophy and Public Affairs, Washington State University – Vancouver
Dissertation: “Green Food: The Political Economy of Organic Agriculture in China”
Committee Chair: Richard Suttmeier

1997-98 Placements

Marcella Becker
Business Owner, Germany
Dissertation: “From Historical Dislocation to a Politics of Totality: A Comparative Case Study”
Committee Chair: Priscilla southwell

Ronald Helms
Professor, Department of Sociology, Western Washington University
Dissertation: “The Politics of Felony Sentencing: An Empirical Analysis of County-Level Determinants”
Committee Chair: David Jacobs

Andrew Milton
Teacher of Primary/Secondary Education
Dissertation: “Institutional Change and Continuity in post-Communist East Central Europe: Why are the News Media Still Dependent?”
Committee Chair: Richard Suttmeier

David Waguespack
Associate Professor, Department of Management and Organization, University of Maryland
Dissertation: “The Effect of Decision Context on Organizational Risk Management: A Model of Superfund Site Decisions”
Committee Chair: Richard Suttmeier

1996-97 Placements

Yali Peng
Director at KPMG China – Management Consulting
Dissertation: “Smoke and Power: The Political Economy of Chinese Tobacco”
Committee Chair: Richard Kraus

Joel Rast
Associate Professor, Department of Political Science; Director of Urban Studies, Center for Economic Development, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Dissertation: “Contested Terrain: Downtown Redevelopment, Industrial Displacement, and Regime Change in Chicago, 1955-1996”
Committee Chair: Gerald Berk

Stan Taylor
Instructor, Department of Political Science, Lane Community College
Dissertation: “Fractal Politics: Nonlinear Thresholds to Democratic Action in the Postmodern Era”
Committee Chair: John Dryzek

John Tullius
Intelligence Chair, Department of Defense Analysis at the Naval Post GradauteSchool
Dissertation: “Environmental Groups as Catalysts for Political Liberalization in Authoritarian Societies: Bulgaria and Taiwan During the 1980s”
Committee Chair: Ronald Mitchell

1995-96 Placements

David Schlosberg
Professor, Department of Government and International Relations, University of Sydney
Dissertation: “Diversity, Action, and Participation in the US Environmental Movement: The Case for a Critical Pluralism”
Committee Chair: John Dryzek

1994-95 Placements

Jeff Berejikian
Associate Professor, Department of International Affairs, University of Georgia
Dissertation: “The Gains Debate: Framing State Choice”
Committee Chair: John Dryzek

David Carruthers
Professor, Department of Political Science, San Diego State University
Dissertation: “The Political Ecology of Indigenous Mexico: Social Mobilization and State Reform”
Committee Chair: John Dryzek

Marcy Everest
Professor, Department of Political Science, South Florida State College
Dissertation: “New Institutional and Environmental Policy: An Analysis of Congressional Structure and Policy Content”
Committee Chair: Priscilla Southwell

Matthew Mulford
Affiliate Professor at HEC-Paris; Senior Research Fellow at The London School of Economics; and Visiting Faculty at the European School of Management and Technology – Berlin
Dissertation: “Expectations and Shifting Values in Dilemma Interactions”
Committee Chair: John Orbell

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