Graduate Students


Shannon Carcelli, Ph.D. 2018 (UCSD)

  • Dissertation: Bureaucracy at the Border: The Fragmentation of U.S. Foreign Aid.
  • Employment:
    • Fellowship, Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance, Princeton University, 2018-2019
    • Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Maryland, starting July 2019
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Lauren Ferry, Ph.D. 2019 (UCSD)

  • Dissertation: Who Wins? The Political Economy of Sovereign Debt Restructuring.
  • Employment:
    • Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Mississippi, starting July 2019
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Abigail Vaughn, Ph.D. Candidate 2017 (UCSD)

  • Dissertation: The Geopolitics of Currency Swap Agreements.
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Christina Cottiero, Ph.D. Candidate 2018 (UCSD)

  • Dissertation: Staying Alive: The Strategic Use of Regional Integration Organizations by Vulnerable Elites.
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Michael Duda, Ph.D. Candidate 2019 (UCSD)


Francesca Piccin, Ph.D. 2013 (University of Geneva)

  • Dissertation: The European Union Humanitarian Aid Policy and the Management of External Humanitarian Crises.

Simone Guenther, Ph.D. 2016 (University of Zurich)

  • Dissertation: Newcomer Behavior in the World Trade Organization. Activity, Cooperation & Strategies in the Doha Round Negotiations.

Michael Nicholson, Ph.D. 2018 (UCSD)

  • Dissertation: Immigrants’ Identities and Host-Country Participation: The Role of Linked Fate.
  • Employment: Social Science Researcher, Center for Migration Studies, New York, starting July 2018

Sara Kerosky Guenther, Ph.D. 2018 (UCSD)

  • Dissertation: Relaxing Federal Rules: Political Determinants of Targeted Leniency.
  • Employment: Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Political Science, Montana State University, starting July 2018
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Kelly S. Matush, Ph.D. 2018 (UCSD)

  • Dissertation: Going Public Abroad: Why do Leaders Address Foreign Publics?
  • Employment:
    • Post-doctoral Fellow, Dartmouth College, 2018-2019
    • Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, Texas Tech University, starting July 2019
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Derek Bonett, Ph.D. 2018 (UCSD)

  • Dissertation: Political Incentives for Regulatory Forbearance in Banking
  • Employment: Research Fellow, Cato Institute, 2018-
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Heidi McNamara, Ph.D. 2019 (UCSD)

Rachel Schoner, Ph.D. Candidate 2018 (UCSD)

Yoav Raskin, Ph.D. Student (Tel Aviv University)


Eric Della Santa, 2010 (UCSD)

Vijaya Surampudi, 2010 (UCSD)

Theodore Widjaja, 2018 (UCSD)