Students

Training graduate students in political science research is the most important and, frankly, most rewarding part of my responsibilities as a university professor. Here, I present brief bios on my past and present students.

If you are considering UCSD for graduate study, I encourage you to look at the range of topics these students have selected for their dissertations, their placements, and their publications. Although I have not cleared this invitation with them, I am sure they would be pleased to receive inquiries from you about UCSD, my commitment to graduate education, or my style as a dissertation advisor.

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Current Ph.D. Students

Benjamin Brewer (Chair)
Ph.D. Advanced to candidacy July 2017
Dissertation Chorus or Cacophony? The Implications of Multiple Voices in Legal Systems
Webpage
Christina Cottiero (Member)
Ph.D.  Advanced to candidacy June 2018
Dissertation  Staying Alive: The Strategic Use of Regional Integration Organizations by Vulnerable Political Leaders
Webpage
Michael Davidson (Co-Chair)
Ph.D.  Advanced to candidacy July 2016
Dissertation  Philippine Parties: Weakness, Purpose, and a Path Forward
Webpage http://pages.ucsd.edu/~mwdavids/
Lauren Lee Ferry (Member)
Ph.D.  Advanced to candidacy March 2016
Dissertation  Who Wins? The Political Economy of Sovereign Debt Restructuring
Webpage https://www.laurenleeferry.com
Brandon Merrell (Co-Chair)
Ph.D.  Advanced to candidacy January 2017
Dissertation Wars for the People: Leaders, Audiences, and the Use of Force
Webpage http://brandonmerrell.com
Sean Morgan (C0-Chair)
Ph.D.  Advanced to candidacy May 2016
Dissertation  Normative Contestation over ‘Good Governance’ in International Development
Webpage
Michael E. Seese (Member)
Ph.D.  Advanced to candidacy September 2018
Dissertation  Surveying the State: The Political Geography of Territorial Control in Africa
Webpage
Clara Suong (Member)
Ph.D.  Advanced to candidacy March 2016
Dissertation In the Name of National Interest: Persuasion by Democratic Coercion and Delegation in National and International Security Politics
Webpage
Abigail Vaughn (Co-Chair)
Ph.D.  Advanced to candidacy January 2017
Dissertation  The Politics of International Liquidity
Webpage

 

Past Ph.D. Students

Juliann Allison (Chair)
Ph.D. 1995 (UCLA)
Dissertation International environmental cooperation : North American air quality agreements as bargaining outcomes
Employment University of California, Riverside
Webpage http://facultyprofiles.ucr.edu/gender_studies_dept/faculty/Juliann_Allison/index.html
Konstantin Ash (Co-Chair)
Ph.D. 2016 (UCSD)
Dissertation Identity Group Allegiance in Civil Wars
Employment University of Central Florida
Webpage  https://sciences.ucf.edu/politicalscience/people/ash-konstantin/
Matthew A. Baum (Chair)
Ph.D. 2000 (UCSD)
Dissertation Tabloid wars : the mass media, public opinion and the use of force abroad
Employment John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
Webpage http://www.hks.harvard.edu/fs/mbaum/
Kyle C. Beardsley (Co-Chair)
Ph.D. 2006 (UCSD)
Dissertation Politics by Means Other than War: Understanding International Mediation
Employment Duke University
Webpage http://people.duke.edu/~kcb38/
Megan Becker (Chair)
Ph.D. 2015 (UCSD)
Dissertation Build, Buy, or Ally: A Theory of Alternative Security Arrangements
Employment University of Southern California
Webpage  http://dornsife.usc.edu/megan-becker/
Risa A. Brooks (Chair)
Ph.D. 2000 (UCSD)
Dissertation Institutions at the domestic/international nexus : the political-military origins of strategic integration, military effectiveness and war
Employment Marquette University
Webpage http://www.marquette.edu/polisci/faculty_brooks.shtml
Robert L. Brown (Chair)
Ph.D. 2008 (UCSD)
Dissertation Nonproliferation Through Delegation
Employment
Webpage https://robertlouisbrown.wordpress.com
Cameron Brown (Chair)
Ph.D. 2014 (UCSD)
Dissertation The Vanishing Peace: Why Belligerents are Increasingly Reluctant to Make Formal Concessions
Employment  American Israel Public Affairs Committee (Jerusalem)
Webpage
Michael Callen (Member)
Ph.D. 2011 (UCSD, Economics)
Dissertation Essays in Conflict and Development
Employment Rady School of Management, UCSD
Webpage http://rady.ucsd.edu/people/faculty/callen/
Shannon Carcelli (Co-Chair)
Ph.D.  2018
Dissertation  Bureaucracy at the Border: The Fragmentation of Foreign Aid
Employment Post-Doctoral Fellow, Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance (2018-2018); University of Maryland (2019-)
Webpage https://www.shannoncarcelli.com
Araceli (Cesi) Cruz (Co-Chair)
Ph.D. 2013 (UCSD)
Dissertation Social Networks and Electoral Strategies in the Philippines
Employment University of British Columbia
Webpage http://www.cesicruz.com/
Mark Culyba (Chair)
Ph.D. 2011(UCSD)
Dissertation Emergent Conflict Behavior: Strategic Interstate Bargaining as an N-player ABM
Employment McKinsey & Company
Webpage
Kathleen G. Cunningham (Chair)
Ph.D. 2007 (UCSD)
Dissertation Divided and Conquered: Why States and Self-determination Groups Fail in Bargaining Over Autonomy
Employment University of Maryland
Webpage http://www.kathleengallaghercunningham.com/
David Cunningham (Member)
Ph.D. 2006 (UCSD)
Dissertation Veto Players and Civil War Duration
Employment University of Maryland
Webpage http://www.davidcunninghampolisci.com/
Daniel Enemark (Co-Chair)
Ph.D. 2012 (UCSD)
Dissertation Network Architecture and Collective Political Action
Employment Research Consultant
Webpage www.danielenemark.com
Christopher Fariss (Co-Chair)
Ph.D. 2013
Dissertation The Measurement and Assessment of Political Constructs Using Computational Modeling Techniques, with Applications to Repression Data
Employment University of Michigan
Webpage http://cfariss.com/
Ann Florini (Member)
Ph.D. 1995 (UCLA)
Dissertation Transparency: A New Norm of International Relations
Employment University of Maryland
Webpage https://www.publicpolicy.umd.edu/faculty/ann-florini
Dotan Haim (Co-Chair)
Ph.D.  2018
Dissertation Networks and Insurgency: How Social Relationships Shape Conflict
Employment Post-Doctoral Fellow, Dartmouth College (2018-2019); American University (2019-)
Webpage http://dotanhaim.com
Kathleen J. Hancock (Chair)
Ph.D. 2001 (UCSD)
Dissertation Surrendering sovereignty : hierarchy in the international system and the former Soviet Union
Employment Colorado School of Mines
Webpage http://miper.mines.edu/Kathleen-J-Hancock
Lindsay Heger (Member)
Ph.D. 2010 (UCSD)
Dissertation In the Cross-Hairs: How Terrorists Select Their Targets
Employment OneEarth Future, Boulder CO
Webpage http://oneearthfuture.org/about/bios/lindsay-heger
Ethan Hollander (Co-Chair)
Ph.D. 2006 (UCSD)
Dissertation Swords or Shields? Implementing and subverting the final solution in Nazi-occupied Europe
Employment Wabash College
Webpage http://persweb.wabash.edu/facstaff/hollande/
Benjamin Horne (Member)
Ph.D. Awarded Posthumously 2013 (Economics)
Dissertation Conflict and Third Party Mediation
Susan Hyde (Chair)
Ph.D. 2006 (UCSD)
Dissertation Observing Norms: Explaining the Causes and Consequences of Internationally Monitored Elections
Employment University of California, Berkeley
Website https://susan.hyde.co
Jihyeon Jeong (Co-Chair)
Ph.D. 2012 (UCSD)
Dissertation Risky Neighbors adn Co-Ethnic Groups: The Political Logic of Fiscal Grants in China
Webpage
Danielle Jung (Chair)
Ph.D. 2012 (UCSD)
Dissertation Organizational Ecology and Population Dynamics in Politics: An Agent-Based Model
Employment Emory University
Webpage http://www.daniellejung.com
Jeff Kaplow (Chair)
Ph.D. 2015 (UCSD)
Dissertation The Constraining Power of International Security Institutions
Employment College of William and Mary
Webpage  http://www.jkaplow.net/
Scott Kastner (Chair)
Ph.D. 2003 (UCSD)
Dissertation Commerce in the shadow of conflict : domestic politics and the relationship between international conflict and economic interdependence
Employment University of Maryland
Webpage https://gvpt.umd.edu/facultyprofile/kastner/scott
Jennifer Keister (Chair)
Ph.D. 2011 (UCSD)
Dissertation States within States: Now Rebels Rule
Employment
Webpage  http://jennifer-keister.com/
Jason Kuo (Co-Chair)
Ph.D. 2016 (UCSD)
Dissertation Inspectors Beyond Borders: The Extraterritorial Governance of Food Safety in a Global Economy
Employment National Taiwan University
Webpage https://jasonkuo.jimdofree.com
Daniel Lake (Member)
Ph.D. 2004 (UCSD)
Dissertation Between a Rock and a Hard Place: The Political Economy of Complying with Coercion
Employment State University of New York, Plattsburgh
Webpage http://www.plattsburgh.edu/academics/polisci/faculty/lake.php
David Lindsey (C0-Chair)
Ph.D. 2016 (UCSD)
Dissertation Information and War
Employment Baruch College
Webpage  http://www.baruch.cuny.edu/wsas/academics/political_science/David_Lindsey.htm
Adeline Lo (Member)
Ph.D. 2016 (UCSD)
Dissertation Prediction and Variable Selection in Political Science
Employment Post-Doctoral Fellow, Department of Politics, Princeton University
Webpage https://loadeline.com/
Steven Lobell (Member)
Ph.D. 1997 (UCLA)
Dissertation Managing Hegemonic Decline: Dilemmas of Strategy and Finance
Employment University of Utah
Webpage Lobell
James Long (Member)
Ph.D. 2012 (UCSD)
Dissertation Voting, Fraud, and Violence: Political Accountability in AFrican Elections
Employment University of Washington
Webpage https://jamesdlong.wordpress.com/
Yonatan Lupu (Chair)
Ph.D. 2012 (UCSD)
Dissertation International Rules, National Implementation: How Domestic Politics Condition the Effects of International Legal Commitments
Employment George Washington University
Webpage http://yonatanlupu.com/
Kelly Matush (Chair)
Ph.D.  2018
Dissertation  Going Public Abroad: When and Why Leaders Address Foreign Public
Employment Post-Doctoral Fellow, Dartmouth College (2018-2019), Texas Tech University (2019-)
Webpage https://www.kellymatush.com
Jonathan Markowitz (Chair)
Ph.D. May 2014
Dissertation When and Why States Project Power
Employment University of Southern California
Webpage https://dornsife.usc.edu/jonathan-markowitz/
R. Blake McMahon (Co-Chair)
Ph.D. April 2015
Dissertation Protecting the State: Strategic Choice at the Nexus of Internal and External Security
Employment U.S. Air Force Research Institute
Webpage http://rmcmahon.spacecrafted.com/
Rupal Mehta (Co-Chair)
Ph.D. July 2014
Dissertation Deproliferation Dynamics: Why States Give Up Nuclear Weapons Programs
Employment University of Nebraska, Lincoln
Webpage http://polisci.unl.edu/rupal-mehta
Matthew Nanes (Member)
Ph.D. 2017 (UCSD)
Dissertation From the Bottom-Up: Policing and Sectarian Conflict in Divided Soceities
Employment St. Louis University
Webpage https://mnanes.wordpress.com/
Neil Narang (Chair)
Ph.D. 2011 (UCSD)
Dissertation Aiding and Abetting: How International Humanitarian Assistance Can Inadvertently Prolong Civil War and How Combatants Respond
Employment University of California, Santa Barbara
Webpage http://neilnarang.com
Antonio Ortiz Mena L.N. (Member)
Ph.D. 2001 (UCSD)
Dissertation The Politics of Institutional Choice: International Trade and Dispute Settlement Mechanisms
Employment Albright Stonebridge Group
Webpage https://www.albrightstonebridge.com/team/antonio-ortiz-mena
Robert Pahre (Chair)
Ph.D. 1990 (UCLA)
Dissertation Hegemonic strategies : modeling the foreign economic policies of dominant states, 1815-1955
Employment University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Webpage http://www.pol.illinois.edu/people/pahre
Kal Raustiala (Member)
Ph.D. 1996 (UCSD)
Dissertation The Sources of State Interests: British and American Policy Towards International Environmental Cooperation, 1983-1993
Employment UCLA Law School
Webpage https://law.ucla.edu/faculty/faculty-profiles/kal-raustiala/
Chad Rector (Chair)
Ph.D. 2003 (UCSD)
Dissertation Federations in International Politics
Employment Marymount University
Webpage https://www.chadrector.net
John E. Richards (Co-Chair)
Ph.D. 1997 (UCSD)
Dissertation The domestic politics of international regulatory policy : the regulatory institutions for trade in aviation services
Employment Microsoft
Webpage na
Stephanie Rickard (Member)
Ph.D. 2005 (UCSD)
Dissertation Choosing Conflict: Explaining the Form of Redistributive Politics
Employment London School of Economics and Political Science
Webpage http://personal.lse.ac.uk/rickard/
Marc Rosenblum (Member)
Ph.D. 2000 (UCSD)
Dissertation At Home and Abroad: The Foreign and Domestic Sources of U.S. Immigration Policy
Employment Migration Policy Institute
Idean Salehyan (Member)
Ph.D. 2006 (UCSD)
Dissertation Rebels Without Borders: State Boundaries, Transnational Opposition, and Civil Conflict
Employment University of North Texas
Webpage http://idean.salehyan.com/
Maria Sampanis (Member)
Ph.D. 1996 (UCLA)
Dissertation Coalition of the Weak: How Declining Hegemons Stay Big Among the Small
Employment California State University Sacramento
Webpage
Cheryl Schonhardt-Bailey (Chair)
Ph.D. 1991 (UCLA)
Dissertation A model of trade policy liberalization : looking inside the British “hegemon” of the nineteenth century
Employment London School of Economics and Political Science
Webpage http://personal.lse.ac.uk/schonhar/
Samuel Seljan (Chair)
Ph.D. 2010 (UCSD)
Dissertation Economic Interests in the Domestic Politics of War: Evidence from U.S. Decisions to Go to War with Iraq in 1991 and 2003
Employment Research Analysis, AppNexus
Webpage
Zachary Steinert-Threlkeld (Member)
Ph.D. 2016 (UCSD)
Dissertation Essays on Protect Mobilization in Authoritarian Regimes
Employment University of California, Los Angeles
Webpage  https://zacharyst.com/
Adam Stulberg (Member)
Ph.D. 1996 (UCLA)
Dissertation Decisional Uncertainty and Grand Strategy: Domestic Institutional Sources of International Over-Zealousness and Under-Achievement
Employment Georgia Tech
Webpage https://www.iac.gatech.edu/people/faculty/stulberg
Kati Suominen (Member)
Ph.D. 2004 (UCSD)
Dissertation Rules of Origin in Global Commerce
Employment University of California, Los Angeles
Webpage http://www.anderson.ucla.edu/faculty/global-economics-and-management/faculty/suominen
Michael J. Tierney (Member)
Ph.D. 2003 (UCSD)
Dissertation Commitments, Credibility, and International Cooperation: The Integration of  Soviet Successor States in Western Multilateral Regimes
Employment College of William and Mary
Webpage http://wmpeople.wm.edu/site/page/mjtier/michaeltierney
Jeff Timmons (Co-Chair)
Ph.D. 2004 (UCSD)
Dissertation The Fiscal Contract: States, Taxes, and Public Services
Employment New York University-Abu Dhabi
Webpage https://nyuad.nyu.edu/en/academics/divisions/social-science/faculty/jeffrey-f-timmons.html
Kenneth Vandevelde (Member)
Ph.D. 2012 (UCSD)
Dissertation The First Bilateral Investment Treaties: Friendship, Commerce and Navigation Treaties in the Truman Administration
Employment Thomas Jefferson School of Law
Webpage
Jessica Chen Weiss (Co-Chair)
Ph.D. 2008 (UCSD)
Dissertation Powerful Patriots: Nationalism, Diplomacy, and the Strategic Logic of Anti-Foreign Protests
Employment Cornell University
Webpage http://www.jessicachenweiss.com/
Nicolas Weller (Member)
Ph.D. 2008 (UCSD)
Dissertation The Causes and Consequences of Tax Policy
Employment University of California, Riverside
Webpage http://politicalscience.ucr.edu/people/faculty/weller/
Laura Wimberley (Chair)
Ph.D. 2007 (UCSD)
Dissertation Pyrrhic Peace: Governance Costs and the Expected Utility of War
Employment California State University Northridge
Email address laura.wimberley@csun.edu
Wendy Wong (Chair)
Ph.D. 2008 (UCSD)
Dissertation Centralizing Principles: How Amnesty International Shaped Human Rights Politics through its Transnational Network
Employment University of Toronto
Webpage http://www.wendyhwong.com/
Jason Wu (Member)
Ph.D. 2018
Dissertation  Ideology and Public Opinion in China
Employment Indiana University
Webpage https://www.jasonyuyanwu.com
Jack Zhang (Co-Chair)
Ph.D.  2018
Dissertation  Is China an Exception to the Commercial Peace?
Employment Post-Doctoral Fellow, Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance, Princeton University (2018-2019)
Webpage https://sites.google.com/view/jackzhang/