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Our doctoral students are trained in all the main fields of the discipline and have extensive research and teaching experience.

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Our graduates have gone on to outstanding careers in higher education, public service, and the private sector. Again this year, we are proud to have outstanding students on the job market. Brief sketches of our placement candidates are available below. We also include their contact information. Some students maintain their own page with more detailed information regarding their preparation and strengths.

If you have questions about graduate student placement, please contact the Graduate Field Assistant, Tina Slater or the Director of Graduate Placement, Ron Herring. If you have any questions about our Ph.D. program in general, contact the Director of Graduate Studies, Sarah Kreps.

Students Seeking Jobs
Julie Ajinkya
Gender, Immigration, Political Identity, Multiculturalism, American Politics, Comparative Politics (Britain and US), Race and Ethnic Politics
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Nolan Bennett
American Political Thought, Democratic Theory, Politics and Literature
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Steffen Blings
Political Parties and Social Movements, Comparative Political Behavior, Public Opinion & Representation, Politics of Advanced Industrial Countries, European Integration
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Christopher Cairns
Chinese politics, media under authoritarianism, Internet and social media, nationalism, environmental politics
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Audrey Comstock
International Law and Organization, Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs, International Cooperation
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Simon Cotton
Normative Political Theory (particularly global justice, ethics in economic life, distributive justice & democratic theory); History of Political Thought; Theories of International Relations, Security & Political Economy
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Berk Esen
Political Economy of development, State-building and Social movements, Middle Eastern and Latin American Politics
Janice Gallagher
Human rights; Social Movements/Civil Society; Rule of Law; Latin America
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Simon Gilhooley
Political Theory, American Politics, with a focus on American Political Theory in the Early Republic
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Ishan Joshi
Comparative Politics (China and India); Bureaucratic Politics and Organization; Applied Formal Modeling (games of communication); International Relations (nationalism and foreign policy)
Lauren Honiq
Comparative Politics, Political Economy of Development, State-Building, Land Politics, Africa
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Pinar Kemerli
Political Theory, Religion and Politics, Comparative Political Theory, Secularism, Politics and History of Turkey and the Middle East, Political Violence
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Don Leonard
International and comparative political economy of developing countries (international financial crises, natural resources), public choice (distributional politics of public goods provision), Latin America
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Takaaki Masaki
Political economy, political methodology, African politics, political origins of economic policy
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Aleksander Matovski
Electoral authoritarianism, popular opinion
Elton Skendaj
Comparative State-building, Comparative Democratization, International Organizations; Peace Studies; Nationalism
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SoRelle, Mallory
American Politics, Public Policy and Policymaking Institutions, Political Behavior, American Political Development, Inequality, Regulatory and Social Policy, Campaigns and Elections
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Harris Setzer
Middle East and North Africa, comparative politics, judicial politics, democratization and transitions, comparative law
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Jing Tao
International Law and Organization, Sovereignty and Territorial Disputes, Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs, Great Powers and the International Order, China’s Foreign Policy, Chinese Politics, Asian Security and Politics
Martha Wilfarht
Political Economy of Development, African Politics, Politics of Social Service Delivery, Informal Institutions, Fiscal Politics
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Pablo Yanguas
Post-conflict state-building, corruption, security sector reform, foreign aid, Africa
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Maria Zaitseva
International Relations, US Foreign Policy, Nuclear Non-proliferation, Cold War Politics

Primary Contacts

  • Graduate Field Assistant and Job Placement Coordinator Tina Slater
    212 White Hall
    Ithaca, NY 14853-7901
    tel: (607) 255-3567
    fax: (607) 255-4530

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