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

Shannon Carcelli (Co-Chair)
Ph.D.  Advanced to candidacy December 2015
Dissertation  A Sum of Its Parts? Organizational Fragmentation and Foreign Aid
Email address scarcelli@ucsd.edu
Webpage na
Michael Davidson (Co-Chair)
Ph.D.
Dissertation
Email address  mwdavidson@ucsd.edu
Webpage na
Dotan Haim (Co-Chair)
Ph.D.  Advanced to candidacy September 2015
Dissertation Political Mobilization, Civil Society, and Conflict
Email address dhaim@ucsd.edu
Webpage na
Ming-Chieh Jason Kuo (Co-Chair)
Ph.D. Advanced to candidacy December 2012
Dissertation Making Food Safe: The Credibilty of National Regulation on Free Trade in Food
Email address mikuo@ucsd.edu
Webpage  na
Lauren Lee (Member)
Ph.D.  Advanced to candidacy March 2016
Dissertation  Who Wins? The Political Economy of Sovereign Debt Restructuring
Email address llee@ucsd.edu
Webpage
Adeline Lo (Member)
Ph.D.  Advanced to candidacy February 2015
Dissertation Making Good Predictions
Email address aylo@ucsd.edu
Webpage na
Kelly Matush (Chair)
Ph.D.  Advanced to candidacy March 2015
Dissertation  Going Abroad
Email address  kmatush@ucsd.edu
Webpage na
Sean Morgan (C0-Chair)
Ph.D.  Advanced to candidacy May 2016
Dissertation  Normative Contestation over ‘Good Governance’ in International Development
Email address  moderation85@gmail.com
Webpage na
Matthew Nanes (Member)
Ph.D.  Advanced to candidacy April 2015
Dissertation  Policing for Peace: Citizen Security and Conflict Resolution in Divided Societies
Email address  mnanes@ucsd.edu
Webpage na
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
Email address csuong@ucsd.edu
Webpage na
Jason Wu (Member)
Ph.D.  Advanced to candidacy September 2015
Dissertation  Ideology and Public Opinion under Autocracy
Email address  jasonwu@ucsd.edu
Webpage na
Jack Zhang (Co-Chair)
Ph.D.  Advanced to candidacy May 2016
Dissertation  Is China an Exception to the Commerical Peace
Email address jjz007@ucsd.edu
Webpage na

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
Email address juliann.allison@ucr.edu
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
Email address
Webpage
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
Email address Matthew_Baum@Harvard.edu
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
Email address kyle.beardsley@duke.edu
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
Email address
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
Email address risa.brooks@marquette.edu
Webpage http://www.marquette.edu/polisci/faculty_brooks.shtml
Robert L. Brown (Chair)
Ph.D. 2008 (UCSD)
Dissertation Nonproliferation Through Delegation
Employment Temple University
Email address brownrl@temple.edu
Webpage http://astro.temple.edu/~brownrl/
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)
Email address cameron.s.brown@gmail.com
Webpage
Michael Callen (Member)
Ph.D. 2011 (UCSD, Economics)
Dissertation Essays in Conflict and Development
Employment John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
Webpage https://www.hks.harvard.edu/about/faculty-staff-directory/michael-callen
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
Email address mculyba@ucsd.edu
Webpage na
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
Email address kgcunnin@umd.edu
Webpage http://www.kathleengallaghercunningham.com/
David Cunningham (Member)
Ph.D. 2006 (UCSD)
Dissertation Veto Players and Civil War Duration
Employment University of Maryland
Email address dacunnin@umd.edu
Webpage http://www.davidcunninghampolisci.com/
Daniel Enemark (Co-Chair)
Ph.D. 2012 (UCSD)
Dissertation Network Architecture and Collective Political Action
Employment Research Consultant
Email address denemark@ucsd.edu
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 Pennsylvania State University
Email address cjf0006@gmail.com
Webpage http://cfariss.com/
Ann Florini (Member)
Ph.D. 1995 (UCLA)
Dissertation Transparency: A New Norm of International Relations
Employment Singapore Management University
Email address annflorini@smu.edu.sg
Webpage http://socsc.smu.edu.sg/faculty/profile/77402/Ann-FLORINI
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
Email address khancock@khancock.com
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
Email address lheger@oneearthfuture.org
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 (September 2008)
Email address hollande@wabash.edu
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 Yale University
Email address susan.hyde@yale.edu
Webpage http://hyde.research.yale.edu/
Jihyeon Jeong (Co-Chair)
Ph.D. 2012 (UCSD)
Dissertation Risky Neighbors adn Co-Ethnic Groups: The Political Logic of Fiscal Grants in China
Employment Ewha University, South Korea
Email address jeong8@ucsd.edu
Webpage
Danielle Jung (Chair)
Ph.D. 2012 (UCSD)
Dissertation Organizational Ecology and Population Dynamics in Politics: An Agent-Based Model
Employment Emory University
Email address danielle.jung@emory.edu
Webpage  http://polisci.emory.edu/faculty/djung30/Emory/Home.html
Jeff Kaplow (Chair)
Ph.D. 2015 (UCSD)
Dissertation The Constraining Power of International Security Institutions
Employment College of William and Mary
Email address jkaplow@wm.edu
Webpage  http://www.jkaplow.net/
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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
Email address skastner@gvpt.umd.edu
Webpage http://gvpt.umd.edu/facultyprofile/Kastner/Scott
Jennifer Keister (Chair)
Ph.D. 2011 (UCSD)
Dissertation States within States: Now Rebels Rule
Employment Post-doctoral Fellow, Kroc Center, University of Notre Dame
Email address jkeister@ucsd.edu
Webpage
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
Email address dlake@sbc.edu
Webpage http://www.plattsburgh.edu/academics/polisci/faculty/lake.php
David Lindsey (C0-Chair)
Ph.D. 2016 (UCSD)
Dissertation Information and War
Employment Post-doctoral Fellow, Niehaus Center on Globalization and Governance, Princeton University
Email address dlindsey@ucsd.edu
Webpage
Steven Lobell (Member)
Ph.D. 1997 (UCLA)
Dissertation Managing Hegemonic Decline: Dilemmas of Strategy and Finance
Employment University of Utah
Email address steven.lobell@poli-sci.utah.edu
Webpage Lobell
James Long (Member)
Ph.D. 2012 (UCSD)
Dissertation Voting, Fraud, and Violence: Political Accountability in AFrican Elections
Employment University of Washington
Email address jdlong@ucsd.edu
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
Email address ylupu@gwu.edu
Webpage http://yonatanlupu.com/
Jonathan Markowitz (Chair)
Ph.D. May 2014
Dissertation When and Why States Project Power
Employment University of Southern California
Email address jmark1983@gmail.com
Webpage https://dornsife.usc.edu/cf/faculty-and-staff/faculty.cfm?pid=1058397
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
Email address russell.mcmahon.1@us.af.mil
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
Email address rupalnmehta@gmail.com
Webpage http://polisci.unl.edu/rupal-mehta
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
Email address narangn@ucsb.polsci.edu
Webpage http://www.polsci.ucsb.edu/faculty/narangn/
Antonio Ortiz Mena L.N. (Member)
Ph.D. 2001 (UCSD)
Dissertation The Politics of Institutional Choice: International Trade and Dispute Settlement Mechanisms
Employment Mexican Embassy in Washington, DC
Email address aortizm@sre.gob.mx
Webpage https://www.american.edu/sis/cnas/upload/cv_ortiz_mena.pdf
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
Email address pahre@uiuc.edu
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
Email address raustiala@law.ucla.edu
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
Email address chadrector@gmail.com
Webpage http://sites.google.com/site/chadrector/
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
Email address j2richar@yahoo.com
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
Email address S.Rickard@lse.ac.uk
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
Email address mrosenblum@migrationpolicy.org
Webpage http://www.migrationpolicy.org/about/authors/marc-r-rosenblum
Idean Salehyan (Member)
Ph.D. 2006 (UCSD)
Dissertation Rebels Without Borders: State Boundaries, Transnational Opposition, and Civil Conflict
Employment University of North Texas
Email address idean@unt.edu
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
Email address sampanis@saclink.csus.edu
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
Email address C.M.Schonhardt-Bailey@lse.ac.uk
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
Email address seljan@gmail.com
Webpage
Zachary Steinert-Threlkeld (Member)
Ph.D. 2016 (UCSD)
Dissertation Essays on Protect Mobilization in Authoritarian Regimes
Employment University of California, Los Angeles
Email address
Webpage
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
Email address Adam.Stulberg@inta.gatech.edu
Webpage http://www.cistp.gatech.edu/people/person/a1590d55-4cbd-5177-bb9c-2fcf98730940
Kati Suominen (Member)
Ph.D. 2004 (UCSD)
Dissertation Rules of Origin in Global Commerce
Employment University of California, Los Angeles
Email address http://kati.suominen@anderson.ucla.edu
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
Email address mjtier@wm.edu
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
Email address http://jft3@nyu.edu
Webpage na
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
Email address kvandeve@ucsd.edu
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
Email address jessica.weiss@cornell.edu
Webpage http://www.jessicachenweiss.com/
Nicolas Weller (Member)
Ph.D. 2008 (UCSD)
Dissertation The Causes and Consequences of Tax Policy
Employment University of Southern California
Email address nweller@usc.edu
Webpage http://dornsife.usc.edu/labs/weller/home/
Laura Wimberley (Chair)
Ph.D. 2007 (UCSD)
Dissertation Pyrrhic Peace: Governance Costs and the Expected Utility of War
Email address lwimberl@weber.ucsd.edu
Webpage na
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
Email address wendyh.wong@toronto.ca
Webpage http://www.wendyhwong.com/