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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, Jason Frank.

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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Benjamin Brake
International relations, comparative politics, China, law, and discourse analysis
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Robert Braun
Political violence, Social Movements, Immigration, Western-Europe
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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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Greg Dinsmore
Hannah Arendt, Human Rights, Liberalism, Humanitarian intervention, Global Ethics
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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Sinja Graf
History of Western Political Thought, Global Political Theory, International Law, Crimes against humanity, Critical Legal Studies
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Jason Hecht
Comparative political economy, comparative political behavior, economic inequality, welfare states, European and American politics
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Erin Hern
African Politics, Gender and Development, Politics of Service Delivery, Political Participation
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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)
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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Igor Logvinenko
International and Comparative Political Economy, International Capital Mobility, Capital Flight, Authoritarianism, Democratization, State Capacity
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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
Tsveta Petrova
Comparative democratization, political participation, transnational activism, international organizations, foreign and security policy
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Lucia Seybert
Energy and environmental policy; Sustainable development; International institutions, integration, compliance and conditionality; International norms
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Elton Skendaj
Comparative State-building, Comparative Democratization, International Organizations; Peace Studies; Nationalism
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Maria Sperandei
International Relations, International Political Economy, Financial Crises and National Security, Political Psychology
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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
Danielle Thomsen
American Politics, Political Parties, U.S. Congress, Gender and Politics
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Robert Turner
Political Theory, Social Theory, American Political Thought,Political Economy of American State Formation, Neuropsychology, Dance Theory
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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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