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PhDs on the Market & Placements

Welcome to our list of current job market candidates and past placements.  For an idea of the kinds of research our students produce, please see the individual faculty pages for recent placements at Western Washington UniversityWorcester Polytechnic InstituteFort Hays StateMiddle Tennessee StateFlorida International UniversityUniversity of Tennessee-ChattanoogaState University of New York-OswegoUniversity of IndianapolisPázmány Péter Catholic University, and Amity University

2020-21 PhD Candidates

Joshua Baker
Working Dissertation: “Myths of Missile Defense: International Ambition Driven by Domestic Politics”
Committee Chair: Jane Cramer
Research Interests: International Relations, Security Studies, Threat Inflation, Intelligence Politicization, Missile Defense, Foreign Policy, and Nuclear Policy

Rheuben Bundy
Working Dissertation: “Corporis Delicta: Corporeality, Criminality, and the Outsider in American Jurisprudence”
Committee Chair: Debra Thompson
Research Interests: post-colonial thought, contemporary continental thought, cosmopolitanism, human rights

Dustin Ellis
Working Dissertation: “American Immigration Detention Machine”
Committee Chair: Daniel Tichenor
Research Interests: migration, the state, crises, rhizomes, assemblages, epistemology, pedagogy

Alex Farrington
Working Dissertation: “Reappropriating American Space: The Fight for Community-Based Housing Alternatives in the United States”
Committee Chair: Alison Gash
Research Interests: Housing Politics and Policy, Urban Politics, Critical Geography, Radical Political Thought

Nicole Francisco
Working Dissertation: “Organizing from the Inside: Contemporary Queer Prison Abolition Work”
Committee Chair: Alison Gash
Research Interests: American politics, social movements, LGBT policy, carceral justice

Ryan Harding
Working Dissertation: “The Method of Leviathan’s Maker: An Intertextual Study of Thomas Hobbes’s Idea and Practice of Science, c. 1640-1658″
Committee Chair: Deborah Baumgold
Research Interests: Thomas Hobbes, History of Political Thought, Philosophy of Social Science, human creativity, hermeneutics

Malori Musselman
Working Dissertation: “Planting Diverse Seeds: Faith-Based Environmental Action in the United States”
Committee Chair: Joseph Lowndes
Research Interests: Religion and politics, environmental politics, feminist theories, & culture and identity

Kevin O’Hare
Working Dissertation: “The Troika in Europe: Explaining Variation in Responses to Austerity in Greece, Ireland, and Portugal”
Committee Chair: Craig Parson
Research Interests: International Relations, Comparative Politics, International and Comparative Political Economy, European Politics, Politics of Economic Adjustment, Politics of Financial Crises, Capitalism and Democracy

Shafiq Rahman
Working Dissertation: “Is There a Clothing Curse? Causes and Consequences of Clothing Export Dependency in Developing Countries”
Committee Chair: Tuong Vu

Maxim Tyan
Working Dissertation: “Comparing Nationalism in Russia and Kazakhstan”
Committee Chair: Craig Parsons
Research Interests: Post-Soviet politics, nationalism and national identity, authoritarian politics

2019-20 Placements

Crystal Brown
Assistant Professor in the Social Science Department; Director of the Society, Policy and Technology Program, Worcester Polytechnic Institute 
Dissertation: “Never at Home: Immigrant Integration in Denmark and Sweden”
Committee Chairs: Jane Cramer and Daniel Tichenor

Jessica Neafie
Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science and International Relations, School of Sciences and Humanities, Nazarbeayev University
Dissertation:: “Investigating the Effects of the Global Economy on Policy and Practice in Developing Countries: Foreign Direct Investment and the Environment”
Committee Chair: Ronald Mitchell

2017-18 Placements

Cary Fontana
Visiting Assistant Professor, Government Department, Franklin and Marshall College
Dissertation: “Regionalist Party Electoral Outcomes and the Supply-Side of Party Politics”
Committee Chair: Craig Parsons

Shawna Meechan
Instructor, College of Urban & Public Affairs: Hatfield School of Government, Portland State University
Dissertation: “Building Stable Governments in Post-Ethnic Civil War Societies – The Importance of Community Policing”
Committee Chair: Craig Parsons

Benedikt Springer
Postdoctoral Fellow, Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions, Arizona State University
Dissertation: “Building Markets? Neoliberalism, Competitive Federalism, and the Enduring Fragmentation of the American Market”
Committee Chair: Craig Parsons

John Valdez
Visiting Assistant Professor, College of Wooster
Dissertation: “Building More Bombs: The Discursive Emergence of US Nuclear Weapons Policy”
Committee Chair: Jane Cramer

Patrick Van Orden
Policy Analyst, Oregon Homecare Commission, State of Oregon
Dissertation: “The Foreign Policy of Revolutionary Leaders: Identity, Emotion, and Conflict Initiation”
Committee Chair: Tuong Vu

2016-17 Placements

Thibaud Henin
LTA Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, Concordia University in Montreal
Dissertation: “The Strategic Use of Transnational Private Standards: Strengthening or Weakening Government Regulations?”
Committee Chair: Ronald Mitchell

Gulce Tarhan Celebi
Instructor, Department of Political Science and Public Administration, Hacettepe University
Dissertation: “The Constitutional Court of Turkey from State-in-Society Perspective”
Committee Chair: Tuong Vu

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
Assistant Professor, Department of American Politics, Western Washington University
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
Senior Analyst, inovative Green Development Program (iGDP)
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 of Political Science; University Pre-Law Advisor, University of Indianapolis; Attorney at Law – Indiana
Dissertation: “The Chief Justice: Democratic Leadership of Judicial Decision-Making in the Hidden Branch”
Committee Chair: Alison Gash

John (Jay) Steinmetz
Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, Fort Hays State University
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
Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, Middle Tennessee State University
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
Instructional Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Houston
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 Professor, Department of Political Science, State University of New York – Oswego
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 Political Science and Public Service, 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, Amity University Gurugram, 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
Graduate Student in Social Work, Case Western University
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
Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, College of the Holy Cross
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 and Associate Dean, 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 Ghana
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
Director of Education and Programming, Petersen 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 Ex-Officio 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
Senior Manager, Infinera Corporation
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
Senior Data Manager, Alliance for Safety and Justice
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
Professor and Director of General Education, 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
Long Term Services and Supports 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

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
Retired 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
Payne-Scott Professor and Director, Sydney Environment Institutue, 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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