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Oguzhan Alkan

Graduate student

oguzhan@utexas.edu

Education: M.A. Political Science, Sabanci University

Interests: Voting behavior, political behavior, party politics, political polarization

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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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Torben Behmer

Graduate student

tbehmer@utexas.edu |
Batts 1.118

Education: MA, International Economics, Georg-August University of Goettingen

Interests: International cooperation, institutional stability, state-firm interactions in the global economy, and political methodology.

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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

Thomas Burt

Graduate student

thomasburtwolf@gmail.com

Education: MA, Latin American Caribbean Studies, Columbia University

Interests: Transitions to democracy; democratic consolidation; social policy; authoritarianism; Latin America

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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: M.A. Economics, Sabanci University

Interests: Conflict, terrorism, civil war, ethnic conflict

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

Kai Yue "Theodore" Charm

Graduate student

theodorecharm@gmail.com

Education: Master of Mathematics, Oxford University

Interests: Conservation for sustainable development, international relations of the Asia Pacific, capitalism and social justice, East Asian regional cooperation

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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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Alexander Claycomb

Graduate student

claycombal@gmail.com

Education: BA, Political Science and Spanish, Grinnell College

Interests: I study Latin American politics, with an eye towards left-wing revolutionary movements, regime change, populism, and diffusion theory.

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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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Joseph Francesco Cozza

Graduate student

joseph.f.cozza@gmail.com

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

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

Kendall Curtis

Graduate student

kendall_curtis@utexas.edu

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

Interests: Democratization, democratic institutions, populism, Latin America, Europe, quantitative, party systems

Emily Davis

Graduate student

emilyadavis@utexas.edu

Education: B.A., Political Science, Classics, Kenyon College

Interests: The origin of the divide between ancient and modern political philosophical thought, classical political philosophy (especially Plato and Aristotle), political parties and regime change in Eastern and Western Europe, rhetoric in ancient and modern political philosophy

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

Michael Denly

Ph.D. Candidate

mdenly@utexas.edu |
Mezes 3.232

Education: MA, Development Management and Policy, Georgetown University

Interests: Political economy of development; anti-corruption; natural resources; foreign aid

Megan Dias

Graduate student

megan.dias@utexas.edu

Education: M.A., Political Science, The University of British Columbia

Interests: Behavior, institutions, diversity, policy, elections

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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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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

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Megan Farrell

Graduate student

megan.farrell@utexas.edu

Interests: Terrorism, Civil Conflict, Alliances, Methodology

Henry Flatt

Graduate student

hflatt@utexas.edu

Education: BA, Political Science, University of California, San Diego

Interests: Populism, agenda setting, lobbying

Derek Foret

Graduate student

derekforet@gmail.com

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

Interests: Classical political philosophy, tyranny, Socratic psychology and epistemology, modern political philosophy and natural science, the old quarrel between philosophy and poetry

Klara Fredriksson

Graduate student

fredriksson@utexas.edu

Education: BSc, Politics and Economics, Lund University

Interests: Political psychology, political behavior, criminal justice, voting rights

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Guy Freedman

Graduate student

freedmanguy@gmail.com

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

Interests: Democratic responsiveness, public policy, congruence of the policy agenda with public opinion and the public agenda.

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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

Evan Gee

Graduate student

e.creegee@gmail.com

Education: BA, Political Science, Kenyon College

Interests: Ancient political philosophy (especially Plato, Xenophon, and Aristophanes), human draw to the beautiful, views surrounding death, the shortcomings of American liberal democracy, worldwide retreat of liberal democracy, American liberalism and conservatism, and the possibility of ancient solutions for 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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Tara Ginnane

Graduate student

ginnane@utexas.edu

Education: LL.M, University of Chicago, BA Jurisprudence, University of Oxford

Interests: Contemporary political theory, especially democratic theory and political membership and belonging; territory; nationalism; constitutional theory and law; comparative constitutionalism.

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Iasmin Goes

Doctoral candidate

iasmin@utexas.edu

Education: MS Statistics, University of Texas at Austin; BA Political Science and MA Latin American Studies, Freie Universität Berlin

Interests: Inequality, fiscal policy and welfare in developing countries

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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

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

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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

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Jay C. Kao

Graduate student

chieh.kao@utexas.edu

Education: M.A., University of Texas at Austin

Interests: Politics in Authoritarian Regimes, Political Communication, Political Behavior and Opinion, Causal Inference

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

Joshua Landry

Graduate student

joshlandry53@gmail.com

Education: BA, Political Science, Transylvania University

Interests: International conflict/cooperation, international rivalry, ethnicity and conflict

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Hans-Inge Lango

Graduate student

hans.lango@utexas.edu

Education: M.A. in International Relations, Boston University

Interests: International conflict, civil wars, war expansion, war delegation

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

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

Huimin Li

Graduate student

huiminli@utexas.edu

Education: MA, International Relations, New York University

Interests: Human rights, genocide, international security, global governance, cybersecurity, East Asia

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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: Public Opinion, Political Economy, Authoritarian Regime, Chinese politics

Zhizhen Lu

Graduate student

zhizhen_lu@gwu.edu

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

Interests: International political economy (international finance and multinational corporations)

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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)

Katherine Madel

Graduate student

katiemadel@gmail.com

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

Interests: Education policy and rhetorical analysis of policy and politicians

Matthew Martin

Graduate student

mattjamesmartin@gmail.com

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

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

Yuji Masumura

Graduate student

yuji.masumura@gmail.com

Education: Bachelor of Laws, International Relations, Hitotsubashi University

Interests: International conflict, coalition, international organization, methodology

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Zachary McGee

Graduate student

zmcgee@utexas.edu

Education: M.A., Government, The University of Texas at Austin

Interests: U.S. Congress, political parties, intraparty organizations, agenda setting, the policy process, and social network analysis

Samuel Mead

Graduate student

sammead95@yahoo.com

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

Interests: Ancient political philosophy, early modern political philosophy

Ling Miao

Graduate student

kenny.miao@utexas.edu

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

Interests: Political economy, democratization, informal institutions

Abigail Moncrieff

Graduate student

abby.henninger@gmail.com

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

Interests: American legal realism, the Technocracy movement, constitutional jurisprudence and interpretation, democratic theory, theories of representation, comparative institutional competence, empirical assessment of institutional capacity

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Philip Moniz

Graduate student

pmoniz@utexas.edu

Education: MA, Political Science, Central European University (Budapest)

Interests: Voter competence, political knowledge, and policy reasoning

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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, Civil-Military Relations, Quantitative Methods

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

Graduate student

yulminpark@utexas.edu

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

Interests: Media, public opinion, political behavior, voting behavior, political communication, democracy, quantitative methods, big data analysis

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Julianne Phillips

Graduate student

j.n.phillips@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

Eoin Power

Graduate student

elpower17@gmail.com

Education: 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

Nathalia Sandoval-Rojas

Graduate student

nsandovalr@utexas.edu

Interests: Comparative politics, judicial politics, public law, legal mobilization, Latin America

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Christopher Sanfilippo

Graduate student

christophersan@utexas.edu

Education: BS, Physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Interests: Ancient Greek political philosophy, especially Plato, Aristotle, Xenophon, and Aristophanes; the Socratic understanding of eros and of the human soul generally; the relationship between modern and classical political philosophy; Nietzsche, especially his response to Plato

Andrew Segal

Graduate student

asegal@utexas.edu

Education: BS, Political Science, University of Louisville

Interests: Political institutions, governmental structure, electoral systems

Sam Selsky

Graduate student

samselsky@gmail.com

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

Interests: Ethnic politics, human rights

Brooke Shannon

Graduate student

brooke.shannon224@gmail.com

Education: MA, Political Science, University of Memphis

Interests: State and local government, social movements, Latino politics, political institutions, political trust, and political participation

Kyle Shen

Graduate student

kyle.shen@utexas.edu

Education: JD, Law, University of Texas School of Law

Interests: Comparative constitutional law, judicial politics, authoritarianism, human rights, international criminal law, Chinese politics

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Barea Sinno

Graduate student

Education: MS, Negotiation and Conflict Resolution, Columbia University

Interests: Comparative politics, Middle East, mixed-methods, identity politics, ethnic conflict, sectarianism, text analysis

Katy Smith

Graduate student

smithkaty13@gmail.com

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

Interests: Political identity (gender and language), Middle East and Southeast Asia

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

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Allen Sumrall

Graduate student

asumrall@utexas.edu |
Batts 1.118

Education: MA, Government, University of Texas at Austin, BA, Politics, Bates College

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

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Calvin Thrall

Graduate student

cthrall@utexas.edu

Education: BA, Political Science, Temple University

Interests: IPE, political economy of development, multinational corporations, remittances, methodology

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Diego Vega

Graduate student

dilvega@gmail.com

Education: MSc, International Relations, London School of Economics

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

Alexander Wais

Graduate student

alexanderwais@gmail.com

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

Interests: Political economy, development

Daniel Weitzel

Doctoral Candidate

daniel.weitzel@utexas.edu

Interests: Comparative Political Parties, Public Opinion and Voting Behavior, Political Methodology

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Benjamin White

Graduate student

btwhite77@gmail.com

Education: BA, Political Science, Brigham Young University

Interests: American Politics, Comparative Politics

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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Chun-Ying Wu

Graduate student

chunyingwu@utexas.edu

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

Wenhui Yang

Graduate student

yangwh11@gmail.com

Education: MPhil, Social Science, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Interests: Comparative politics, political economy, Chinese politics

Seung Wook Yoo

Graduate student

seungwy@gmail.com

Education: MA, Political Science, Yonsei University

Interests: Political psychology, political communication, public opinion, statistics, computational method

Tarek Zaher

Graduate student

tarekzaher@utexas.edu

Education: BA, Government, European Thought, Core Texts & Ideas, Philosophy (Minor), University of Texas at Austin

Interests: Classical political thought; Classical conceptions of happiness, meaning, and virtue; Moderns vs. Ancients


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