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Preparing students for academic and research careers in political science

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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
ja265@cornell.edu
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Nolan Bennett
American Political Thought, Democratic Theory, Politics and Literature
ndb47@cornell.edu
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Benjamin Brake
International relations, comparative politics, China, law, and discourse analysis
btb33@cornell.edu
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Robert Braun
Political violence, Social Movements, Immigration, Western-Europe
rb529@cornell.edu
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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
src34@cornell.edu
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Greg Dinsmore
Hannah Arendt, Human Rights, Liberalism, Humanitarian intervention, Global Ethics
greg.dinsmore@sympatico.ca
Simon Gilhooley
Political Theory, American Politics, with a focus on American Political Theory in the Early Republic
sjg67@cornell.edu
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Sinja Graf
History of Western Political Thought, Global Political Theory, International Law, Crimes against humanity, Critical Legal Studies
sug3@cornell.edu
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Jason Hecht
Comparative political economy, comparative political behavior, economic inequality, welfare states, European and American politics
jdh293@cornell.edu
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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)
ishjoshi101@gmail.com
Pinar Kemerli
Political Theory, Religion and Politics, Comparative Political Theory, Secularism, Politics and History of Turkey and the Middle East, Political Violence
pk233@cornell.edu
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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
drl43@cornell.edu
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Igor Logvinenko
International and Comparative Political Economy, International Capital Mobility, Capital Flight, Authoritarianism, Democratization, State Capacity
iol3@cornell.edu
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Aleksander Matovski
Electoral authoritarianism, popular opinion
am862@cornell.edu
Tsveta Petrova
Comparative democratization, political participation, transnational activism, international organizations, foreign and security policy
tap25@cornell.edu
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Lucia Seybert
Energy and environmental policy; Sustainable development; International institutions, integration, compliance and conditionality; International norms
la72@cornell.edu
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Elton Skendaj
Comparative State-building, Comparative Democratization, International Organizations; Peace Studies; Nationalism
es324@cornell.edu
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Maria Sperandei
International Relations, International Political Economy, Financial Crises and National Security, Political Psychology
ms554@cornell.edu
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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
jt265@cornell.edu
Danielle Thomsen
American Politics, Political Parties, U.S. Congress, Gender and Politics
jt265@cornell.edu
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Robert Turner
Political Theory, Social Theory, American Political Thought,Political Economy of American State Formation, Neuropsychology, Dance Theory
rdt1@cornell.edu
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Martha Wilfarht
Political Economy of Development, African Politics, Politics of Social Service Delivery, Informal Institutions, Fiscal Politics
maw299@cornell.edu
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Pablo Yanguas
Post-conflict state-building, corruption, security sector reform, foreign aid, Africa
py45@cornell.edu
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Maria Zaitseva
International Relations, US Foreign Policy, Nuclear Non-proliferation, Cold War Politics
mnz2@cornell.edu

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
    cu_govt@cornell.edu

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