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
Email address bhbrewer@ucsd.edu
Webpage  na
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.  Advanced to candidacy July 2016
Dissertation  Philippine Parties: Weakness, Purpose, and a Path Forward
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
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
Brandon Merrell (Member)
Ph.D.  Advanced to candidacy January 2017
Dissertation Wars for the People: Leaders, Audiences, and the Use of Force
Email address brandonmerrell@gmail.com
Webpage na
Kelly Matush (Chair)
Ph.D.  Advanced to candidacy March 2015
Dissertation  Going Public 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
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
Abigail Vaughn (Co-Chair)
Ph.D.  Advanced to candidacy January 2017
Dissertation  The Politics of International Liquidity
Email address alvaughn@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 Konstantin.Ash@ucf.edu
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
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 meganbec@usc.edu
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
Email address
Webpage
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 Rady School of Management, UCSD
Webpage http://rady.ucsd.edu/people/faculty/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
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
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 University of Michigan
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 University of California, Berkeley
Email address susanhyde@berkeley.edu
Webpage http://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
Employment
Email address
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
Email address
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
Email address
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 Baruch College
Email address David.Lindsey@Baruch.Cuny.Edu
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
Email address lo.adeline@gmail.com
Webpage https://loadeline.com/
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
Matthew Nanes (Member)
Ph.D. 2017 (UCSD)
Dissertation From the Bottom-Up: Policing and Sectarian Conflict in Divided Soceities
Employment Post-Doctoral Fellow, Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law, Stanford University
Email address mnanes@ucsd.edu
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
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  zst@luskin.ucsd.edu
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
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 nicholas.weller@ucr.edu
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
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/