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Oguzhan Alkan

Graduate student

oguzhan@utexas.edu

Education: B.A. Economics, Bogazici University; M.A. Political Science, Sabanci University

Interests: Voting behavior, comparative political behavior, media and political behavior, political polarization, and quantitative methods

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Maria Avila Ordonez

Graduate student

paz.avila@utexas.edu

Education: Master of Laws in Legal Theory, New York University School of Law

Interests: Comparative politics in Latin America, Constitutional theory and comparative constitutionalism, Constitutional change, Women in Law and Politics and Political philosophy.

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Abraham Barranca

Graduate student

abarranca@utexas.edu

Education: BA, Government and Politics, University of Maryland, College Park

Interests: public policy, policy process, political economy, local politics, cities, gentrification, inequality, racial and ethnic politics, spatial econometrics

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Christine Bird

Graduate student

ccbird@utexas.edu

Education: JD, Oklahoma City University School of Law (2016), MA, Government, The University of Texas at Austin (2018), BA, Political Science, University of Oklahoma (2013)

Interests: Courts, Law and Politics, Judicial Politics, Civil Rights, Agendas, Public Policy

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Abby K Blass

Graduate student

ablass@utexas.edu

Education: BA Political Science, University of Michigan

Interests: Judicial Politics, American Politics, Comparative Politics, Constitutional Law

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Lauren Brown

PhD Candidate

laurenbrown28@gmail.com |
Batts 1.118

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Anthony Calacino

Graduate student

anthony.calacino@utexas.edu

Education: BA, Political Science, University of Utah

Interests: Comparative politics, methodology, envrionmental politics, Latin America, Brazil, regime change

Chris Cassella

Graduate student

chris.cassella@utexas.edu

Education: BA, Political Science and Philosophy, Politics, Economics, and Law, University of Richmond

Interests: Gun policy, civil rights, political behavior, gender politics, policy feedback theory, political institutions, LGBTQ politics

Olgahan Cat

Graduate student

olgahan@utexas.edu

Education: B.A. in Economics, Bogazici University; M.A. in Economics, Sabanci University

Interests: Ethnic, racial, and gender aspects of political violence, predictive analysis, text analysis, game theory.

Jiseon Chang

Graduate student

jiseon.chang@gmail.com

Education: MA, Global Affairs and Policy, Yonsei University

Interests: Political economy of development, Official Development Assistance (ODA), socio-economic development, inclusive growth, inequality, poverty, social enterprises, political power

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Kai Yue "Theodore" Charm

Graduate student

theodorecharm@gmail.com

Education: BA, MMath, Mathematics, University of Oxford

Interests: Game theory, experiments, Bayesian statistics, contentious politics, East Asia

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Keith Chew

Graduate student

keithpadraicchew@utexas.edu

Education: BA, Humanities, Asian Cultures and Languages, Government, University of Texas at Austin

Interests: Party politics, comparative party recruitment strategies, comparative political regimes in East & Southeast Asia

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Danissa Contreras Guzman

Graduate student

dzcontreras@utexas.edu

Education: BA and MA, Political Science, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

Interests: Comparative politics, state-building, religion and politics, Latin America

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Hillary Corwin

Graduate student

hillary.corwin@utexas.edu |
Batts 1.118

Education: MS, International Political Economy, The University of Texas at Dallas

Interests: Foreign policy, system effects, economic coercion, human rights, economic development, game theory

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Danny Cowser

Graduate student

dannycowser@utexas.edu

Education: MA, Political Science, The University of Wisconsin-Madison

Interests: Experimental methods, development and aid efficacy, human rights, conflict resolution

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Joseph Francesco Cozza

PhD Candidate

joseph.f.cozza@gmail.com

Education: MS, Comparative Politics, London School of Economics, BA, Political Science, Villanova University

Interests: Comparative Constitutionalism, Judicial Politics, Democratic Theory, Political Legitimacy, Party Politics, European Politics

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Andrés Cruz

Graduate student

andres.cruz@utexas.edu

Education: BA and MA, Political Science, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

Interests: Causal inference, computational social science, business and politics, data and politics

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Kendall Curtis

Graduate student

kendall_curtis@utexas.edu

Education: B.A., Political Science, Economics, and Philosophy, Baylor University

Interests: Political parties, coalitions, political behavior, populism, and European politics

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Emily Davis

Graduate student

emilyadavis@utexas.edu

Education: AB, Political Science and Classics, Kenyon College

Interests: Charismatic leadership in political theory and in comparative politics literature; ancient political philosophy, especially Plato and Aristotle; comparative political parties and institutions

Laura De Castro Quaglia

Graduate student

lauracquaglia@gmail.com

Education: MA, International Stategic Studies, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, BA, International Relations, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul

Interests: National security institutional design and evolution in the US, Europe, and South America

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Michael Denly

Ph.D. Candidate

mdenly@utexas.edu |
Mezes 3.232

Education: MA, Development Management and Policy, Georgetown University

Interests: Political economy of development, corruption, external validity, foreign aid, natural resources

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Megan Dias

Graduate student

megan.dias@utexas.edu

Education: BA, University of Toronto at Mississauga; MA, Political Science, The University of British Columbia

Interests: immigration, integration, and incorporation; public policy; political participation

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Lindsay Dun

Graduate student

lindsay.dun@gmail.com

Education: BA, Political Science, University of Notre Dame

Interests: Political behavior, elections, computational methods

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Peter Dunphy

Graduate student

dunphy@utexas.edu

Education: BA in Government and American Studies, Wesleyan University

Interests: American political behavior and political development, comparative democratic institutions, race & ethnic politics, computational methods, and the U.S. South

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Connor Dye

Graduate student

cwdye@utexas.edu

Education: BA, Political Science, Economics, Randolph College

Interests: Inequality, public opinion and public policy, agenda setting, Veterans' Affairs policy

Henry Flatt

Graduate student

hflatt@utexas.edu

Education: MA, Government, The University of Texas at Austin

Interests: Bureaucracy, agenda setting, policy processes, policy implementation, industrial relations, organized labor

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Derek Foret

Graduate student

derekforet@utexas.edu

Education: AB, Mathematics, Kenyon College; MA, Liberal Arts, St. John's College

Interests: Classical political philosophy, Socratic psychology and epistemology, theology, tyranny, modern philosophy and science

Klara Fredriksson

Graduate student

fredriksson@utexas.edu

Education: BSc, Politics and Economics, Lund University; MA, Government, University of Texas at Austin

Interests: Political behavior and participation, politics of criminal justice and the carceral state

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Guy Freedman

Graduate student

freedmanguy@gmail.com

Education: MA, Political Science, The Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliya

Interests: The congressional committee structure and its affect on the congressional policy agenda; and the use of machine learning algorithms in political science, their application in data collection and their potential for automatically coding policy agenda topics.

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David Futscher

Graduate student

futscherdavid@gmail.com

Education: MA, Political Science- Security and Diplomacy Studies, Tel Aviv University

Interests: History of Political Thought; Classical Greek Political Philosophy; Medieval Political Thought (Averroes and Maimonides); Nietzsche

Kevin Galambos

Graduate student

kevin.galambos@gmail.com

Education: BA, Mathematics and Political Science, Emory University

Interests: Foreign policy, Slavic nations

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Evan Gee

Graduate student

e.creegee@gmail.com

Education: AB, Political Science, Kenyon College

Interests: Ancient political philosophy (especially Plato, Xenophon, and Aristophanes); human draw to the beautiful; views surrounding death; Tocqueville and the shortcomings of American liberal democracy; American liberalism and conservatism; the possibility of classical solutions to contemporary political issues

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Rachel German

Graduate student

rachelgerman@utexas.edu |
MEZ 3.232

Education: PhD Candidate, The University of Texas at Austin

Interests: Public Policy, American Politics

Michael Gibbs

Graduate student

Education: BA, Public and International Affairs, 2012, Princeton University

Interests: Authoritarianism, civil-military relations

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Kimberly Gouz Guiler

Graduate student

kimberlyguiler@gmail.com

Education: M.A. in Social Sciences, The University of Chicago; B.A. in Political Science and B.S. in Journalism, The University of Florida

Interests: Middle East politics; voting behavior; Islamist movements; religion and politics; hybrid regimes; survey, experimental and quantitative methodologies

Chin Guo

Graduate student

chinguo@utexas.edu

Education: M.P.P., Public Policy, University of Maryland

Interests: Political behavior, democracy trends, electoral systems, voter behaviors

Sarah Heise

Graduate student

sheise@utexas.edu

Education: BA, Political Science, Tulane University

Interests: Voting behavior, religiosity, political socialization, campaigns and elections

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Roman Hlatky

Graduate student

rohlatky@utexas.edu

Education: BA, Political Science, Vassar College

Interests: Ethnic Politics, Nationalism, Political Parties, Central and Eastern Europe

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Colby Humphrey

Graduate student

colbyhumphrey@utexas.edu

Education: Master of Public Service & Administration, Texas A&M University

Interests: Technology & innovation; campaigns & elections; public opinion

Rachel Jeon

Graduate student

jjeon2@utexas.edu

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Nivedita Jhunjhunwala

Graduate student

niveditajh@utexas.edu

Education: B.A. in Political Science and Global & International Studies, State University of New York at Oswego (SUNY Oswego)

Interests: Politics of International Law, International Relations and Technology, International Institutions, International Organizations

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Jonathan Jiang

Graduate student

jonathanjiang1995@gmail.com

Education: BA, Liberal Arts, St. John's College

Interests: Classical political philosophy, early enlightenment political philosophy, Chinese politics

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Siyun Jiang

Graduate student

syjiang@utexas.edu

Education: M.Phil Social Science, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Interests: Comparative politics, political economy, authoritarian regime

Cody Kuhn

Graduate student

anckuhn@outlook.com

Education: M.A., Political Science- Constitutional Studies, University of Texas, Dallas

Interests: Gender studies, consent and the law, biological essentialism and civil rights

Woong Kwon

Graduate student

kenneth.w.kwon@gmail.com

Education: MA, Political Science, Yonsei University, BA, Political Science and Diplomacy, Yonsei University

Interests: Immigration and social policies in advanced political economies

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Joshua Landry

Graduate student

joshlandry53@gmail.com

Education: BA in Political Science, Transylvania University; MA in Government, UT Austin

Interests: international security, war and its long-term effects, military expenditure, interstate military cooperation, game theory

Cornelia Lawrence

Graduate student

celawrence@utexas.edu

Education: BS, Political Science and Writing, Texas Christian University

Interests: American Politics, Methodology, Campaigns and Elections, Survey Research

Cheyenne Lee

Graduate student

Jessica Lee

Graduate student

jessica.c.lee@utexas.edu

Education: BA, Political Science and Economics, National Taiwan University; MA, Political Science, National Taiwan University

Interests: Political economy of development, authoritarian politics, state-business relations

Jonatan Lemus Avila

Graduate student

jonatan.lemus@utexas.edu

Education: MA, Business Administration, UNIS Business School

Interests: Judicial politics, political parties, Latin American politics, subnational authoritarianism, United Nations intervention in developing countries, classical liberalism, institutionalism

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Huimin Li

Graduate student

huiminli@utexas.edu

Education: MA, International Relations, New York University

Interests: International organizations, international law, international political economy, cybersecurity, data privacy

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Louise Liebeskind

Graduate student

janelouiseliebeskind@gmail.com |
Bats 1.118

Education: PhD in Government, University of Texas at Austin

Interests: Ancient and early modern political philosophy

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Shengqiao Lin

Graduate student

shengqiaolin@utexas.edu

Education: MA, Public Administration, Tsinghua University

Interests: State-Business Relationship, Comparative and International Political Economy, Political Institutions

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Zhizhen Lu

Graduate student

zhizhen_lu@utexas.edu

Education: M.A., International Trade and Investment Policy, The George Washington University

Interests: Multinational corporations, Foreign economic policy, Sovereignty, International system

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Ian Macfarlane

Graduate student

imacfarl@utexas.edu

Education: BS, Physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Interests: Classical political thought (Plato, Aristotle, Xenophon)

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Katherine Madel

Graduate student

katiemadel@gmail.com

Education: BA, Political Science and English, North Central College

Interests: Public Policy, Policy Purpose, and Political Communication

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Matthew Martin

Graduate student

mjmartin@utexas.edu

Education: BA, Political Science, Legal Studies, University of Massachusetts

Interests: Judicial politics, Latin America, immigration politics, human rights

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Yuji Masumura

Graduate student

yuji.masumura@gmail.com

Education: Bachelor of Laws, International Relations, Hitotsubashi University

Interests: International conflict, hegemony, alliance, international organization, survey research, text as data, game theory

Samuel Mead

Graduate student

sammead95@yahoo.com

Education: BA, Liberal Arts, St. John's College

Interests: Ancient political philosophy, early modern political philosophy

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Ling Miao

Graduate student

kenny.miao@utexas.edu

Education: M.A., Political Science, Duke University

Interests: Political economy

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Abigail R. Moncrieff

Graduate student

amoncrieff@utexas.edu

Education: JD, University of Chicago Law School, BA, English and Poltical Science, Wellesley College

Interests: Constitutional law and theory, American political institutions, American bureaucracy, American Legal Realism, technocratic political thought, liberal theory, comparative institutional competence

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Philip Moniz

Graduate student

pmoniz@utexas.edu

Education: BS, Film, Boston University; MA, Political Science, Central European University (Budapest)

Interests: Political psychology, perceptions of social problems, policy attitudes, voter competence, congressional travel behavior

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Ashley Moran

Graduate student

ashleymoran@utexas.edu

Education: MALD, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy

Interests: Comparative constitutional law, divided societies, state fragility, democratic legal and institutional reform, the Middle East

Ian Myers

Graduate student

igm503@gmail.com

Education: BA, Classical Languages and Mathematics, University of Texas at Austin

Interests: Ancient Greek political philosophy; early modern political philosophy; religion and politics; the relationship between poetry and philosophy for the Greeks; natural science and human self-understanding

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Austin Nelson

Law and Government (JD/PhD) Student

austinnelson@utexas.edu |
Batts Hall 1.118

Education: MPPA, Baylor University; BA, Politics and Philosophy & Religious Studies, Hendrix College

Interests: American constitutional law, American constitutional development, administrative law, judicial politics, law and social science, legal history, philosophy of law

Jeremy Nicot-Cartsonis

Graduate student

jeremynicot@gmail.com

Education: BA, History, University of Texas at Austin

Interests: Interstate warfare in the 21st century, United States grand strategy, military/ civilian relationship, adapting military policy to technology in the 21st century

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Xin Nong

Graduate student

xnong@utexas.edu

Interests: Political Violence, Leaders and War, State-Building, Civil-Military Relations

Alexander Norris

Graduate student

axnorris@gmail.com

Education: MA, Middle Eastern Studies, The George Washington University

Interests: Institutions and institution building, nation building, authoritarian politics, democratization, political economy of development, public opinion, the Middle East and North Africa

James O'connor

Graduate student

james.oconnorta@gmail.com

Education: BA, Political Science, University of Maine

Interests: Early modern political thought, American constitutional law, David Hume and Jean Jacques-Rousseau, the relationship between faith and reason in both epistemology and government

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Daniel O'toole

Graduate student

dotoole09@cmc.edu

Education: BA, Claremont McKenna College

Interests: Political Theory, Public Law

God'swill Osa

Graduate student

Godswillosa@utexas.edu

Education: M.A., Political Science, University of Texas, Dallas

Interests: Voter perception, political attitudes, policy outcomes, public opinion

Paul Oshinski

Graduate student

pauldoshinski@gmail.com

Education: B.A., Political Science and International Affairs, University of Georgia

Interests: Political behavior, neuropolitics, moral foundations theory

Yul Min Park

PhD Candidate

yulminpark@utexas.edu

Education: BA Yonsei University, MA, Political Science, Yonsei University

Interests: Political communication, news media effects, public opinion, voting behavior, quantitative methods, big data analysis, survey experiment

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Julie Phillips

Graduate student

Julianne.Phillips@austin.utexas.edu |
Batts 1.118

Education: MA, Political Science, SUNY University at Buffalo

Interests: Nuclear Deterrence and Counterproliferation, Alliances, Interstate Conflict, Game Theory

Ariel Pitre Young

Graduate student

arielyoung@utexas.edu

Education: BA, Government, French, University of Texas at Austin

Interests: Intersection of politics and music, Eastern Europe

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Eoin Power

Graduate student

elpower17@gmail.com

Education: BA, Political Science & Philosophy, Middlebury College; MA, Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Interests: Ethnic politics, institutions, southeast Europe & the Balkans, post-communist Europe & Eurasia, political economy of central banking, defense-industrial policy

Max Prowant

Graduate student

mjprowant@utexas.edu

Education: BA, Government and Spanish, Morehead State University

Interests: Middle East politics, democratization, liberalism, 20th century Islamic political thought, political liberalization, modern ideologies, classical political thought, enlightenment political thought, communism and post-communist transitions, American foreign policy

Md Muhibbur Rahman

Graduate student

r.muhib@utexas.edu

Education: MA, Political Science, McGill University

Interests: International security, foreign policy decision-making, domestic politics of interstate crisis bargaining and dispute settlement, and the politics of rising powers: China and India

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Beckett Rueda

Graduate student

beckett.rueda@utexas.edu

Education: BA, Skidmore College

Interests: Foundations of justice; early modern political theory; Medieval political theory/theology; origins of modern natural science & the status of nature; theater and literature; methodology/hermeneutics; religious toleration; free will; Leo Strauss; Michael Oakeshott; Quentin Skinner; John Rawls

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Sam Selsky

Graduate student

samselsky@gmail.com

Education: Master of Theological Studies, Islamic Studies, Harvard Divinity School

Interests: Middle East politics, human rights, ethnic politics, religion and politics, politics of forced migration

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Brooke Shannon

Graduate student

brooke.shannon224@gmail.com

Education: BA, University of Colorado Denver; MA, Political Science, University of Memphis

Interests: Urban and local politics, public policy, and race in American Politics

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Kyle Shen

Graduate student

kyle.shen@utexas.edu

Education: A.B., The University of Chicago; JD, Law, University of Texas School of Law

Interests: Comparative constitutional law, Southeast Asian politics, human rights, international law

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Katy Smith

Graduate student

smithkaty13@gmail.com

Education: B.A., Political Science, Brigham Young University

Interests: Gender, Language, and Social Movements in Southeast Asia and the Middle East

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JC Sullivan

Graduate student

jcsullivan216@gmail.com

Education: BA, University of Notre Dame, MA, Social Sciences, University of Chicago

Interests: American constitutional and political development, constitutional theory, American political history, religion and politics, history of liberalism, liberal and democratic theory

Miranda Sullivan

Graduate student

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Allen Sumrall

 
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Graduate student

asumrall@utexas.edu |
Batts 1.118

Education: BA, Politics, Bates College; JD, University of Texas School of Law; MA, Government, University of Texas at Austin

Interests: American Political Development (APD), American constitutional development, ideational and institutional development, and law, courts, and politics.

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Candace Terman

Graduate student

cterman@utexas.edu

Education: B.A. in Politics, Hillsdale College; J.D., William & Mary Law School

Interests: Natural-law theory, legal and political philosophy, legal history

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Calvin Thrall

Graduate student

cthrall@utexas.edu

Education: BA, Political Science, Temple University

Interests: International Political Economy, International Law, Multinational Corporations, Public-Private Governance, Diplomacy.

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Diego Vega

PhD Candidate

dilvega@gmail.com

Education: BA, Social Sciences, Universidade de São Paulo; BA, Journalism, Faculdade Cásper Líbero; MSc, International Relations, London School of Economics

Interests: Latin America, International Diffusion, Policy Diffusion, Policymaking, South-South Relations, Qualitative and Quantitative Methods

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Allison Verrilli

Graduate student

averrilli@utexas.edu

Education: B.A. Political Science, Spanish, University of Notre Dame

Interests: Racial and ethnic politics, group identity, political behavior, public opinion

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Alexander Wais

Graduate student

alexanderwais@gmail.com

Education: M.Sc., Economics, University College London

Interests: Political Economy of Development, Foreign Aid, Inequality, Redistribution, Democracy

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Daisy Ward

Graduate student

daisyward@utexas.edu

Education: BA in Political Science, BA in Spanish, University of Montana

Interests: Historical and comparative political economy, taxation, education, state formation, bureaucracy and public administration, Latin America and indigenous politics

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Benjamin White

Graduate student

btwhite77@gmail.com

Education: BA, Political Science, Brigham Young University

Interests: Political psychology, gender and politics, public opinion and voter behavior, experimental methods

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Clinton Willbanks

Graduate student

cwill14@utexas.edu

Education: BA in Political Science, BA in Policy Studies, Rice University

Interests: Public opinion; political behavior, campaigns and elections; survey and experimental methods

Avery Williams

Graduate student

averyw994@gmail.com

Education: BA, Government, University of Texas at Austin

Interests: Classical political thought, virtue, modern liberalism

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Bridget Wu

Graduate student

bywu@utexas.edu

Education: BA, Liberal Arts, St. John's College, Santa Fe

Interests: Ancient political philosophy, especially Plato; American politics

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Chun-Ying Wu

Graduate student

chunyingwu@utexas.edu

Interests: Northeast and Southeast Asian Politics, Democratization, Political Culture, Multilevel Analysis

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Seung Wook Yoo

Graduate student

seungwy@gmail.com

Education: MA, Political Science, Yonsei University

Interests: Group consciousness and experimental methods


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