Doctoral Candidates & Research

Doctoral Candidates & Research

Learn more about our PhD Candidates, including those who are actively searching for new opportunities on the job market.

All of these students have defended a dissertation proposal and advanced to candidacy. Many of our PhD candidates have published in leading journals, presented papers at conferences, and secured fellowships and awards. Feel free to contact the students, their advisors, or the Schar School for additional information.

Biodefense PhD Candidates

Biodefense PhD Candidates

HyunJung Kim

Dissertation: Use of Unapproved Medical Countermeasures in Public Health Emergency Between the United States and South Korea
Chair: Greg Koblentz

Elise Rowe

Dissertation: The Public Health Ramifications of the US and International Rise of Health Securitization
Chair: Sonia Ben Ouagrham-Gormley

Mary Sproull

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Dissertation: Modeling Mass Casualty Management During a Nuclear Event
Chair: Greg Koblentz

Political Science PhD Candidates

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Adam Bernbaum 

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Dissertation: Nationalism and Punishment
Chair: Robert McGrath 

Aaron Stuvland 

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Job Market Candidate
Dissertation: Talking Like a Populist: Assessing the Impact of Populist Rhetoric on Mainstream Parties in Western Democracies 
Chair: Mariely Lopez-Santana

 

Political Science PhD Candidates

Andrew Armstrong  

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Dissertation: Certainly Biased?: How Media Influences What We Know about What We Know
Chair: A. Trevor Thrall

Melissa Bejjani

Dissertation: Thriving War Economies: Implications of Prolonging the Conflict, The Case of Syria
Chair: Bassam Haddad

Piper Biery

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Dissertation: Reconceptualizing the Non-State Challenge to Westphalian Sovereignty: The Sovereign Citizens Movement and Individual Sovereignty
Chair: Char Miller

Scott Blesdoe

Dissertation: Belief or Belonging? Untangling Evangelical Religiosity and its Impact on Behavioral Polarization
Chair: Jeremy Mayer

Michelle Buehlmann

Dissertation: Party Time: A Temporal and Partisan Examination of Changes in American Lawmaking
Chair: Timothy Conlan

Jordan Cohen 

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Dissertation: Arms Sales and Influence: Explaining Congressional Arms Sales Legislation
Chair: A. Trevor Thrall

Brian Davis 

Dissertation: Patron-Client Relations and Democratization in Asia: US Influence on Taiwan, South Korea, and the Philippines
Chair: Ming Wan

Matthew Fay 

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Dissertation: Military Service Systems and Battlefied Effectiveness
Chair: A. Trevor Thrall

Kyle Fowler

Dissertation: National Champions: Russian Energy Exports as an Instrument of State Power
Chair: Eric McGlinchey

Austin Hofeman

Dissertation: A President for All Seasons: A Cross-Campaign Analysis of Campaign Messaging and Candidate Characteristics
Chair: Del Daigle

Courtney Kayser

Dissertation: The Enemy of My Enemy: Rebel Group Strategies at the Onset of Civil Wars
Chair: Ahsan Butt

Keith Luter

Dissertation: The Arms Trade and Democratization: Explaining Variation in Outcomes
Chair: Eric McGlinchey

Shahnoza Nozimova

Dissertation: Wardrobe Politics in Tajikistan
Chair: Eric McGlinchey

Doug Penhallegon

Dissertation: Self-Efficacy, Theories of Poverty, and Critical Pedagogy  in the (Re)Design of Job Readiness Training for TANF Recipients
Chair: Mariely Lopez-Santana

Joseph Petrucelli

Dissertation: Operationalizing Seapower: Doctrinal Change and the US Navy, 1946-2016
Chair: Edward Rhodes

Erica Seng-White

Dissertation: Why variations exist between states in their level of nationalism in response to rising regional powers.
Chair: Ming Wan

Lauren Sidrow

Dissertation: Chinese Aid and Soft Power: Examining Recipient State Views of China Over Time
Chair: Peter Mandaville

Yang Yang 

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Dissertation: Examining Variation in States' Tax Expenditure Budgets
Chair: Robert McGrath

Public Policy PhD Candidates

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Damon Dade

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Dissertation: Ethical and Regulatory Frameworks for the Support of Trustworthy Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare
Chair: Laurie Schintler

Katrina Dunlap 

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Dissertation: Linking Public Trust in Government with Federal Disaster Relief Aid: A Case Study of Hurricane-Prone Gulf Coast Residents
Chair: Laurie Schintler

Aubrey Grant

Job Market Candidate
Dissertation: Networks and Policy Outcomes: The Case of Refugee Integration
Chair: Jennifer Victor

George Hutchinson 

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Dissertation: Wedged Between Fear and Ambition: The Kim Dynasty's Nuclear Quest for Total Sovereignty
Chair: Ed Rhodes

Elsa T. Khwaja  

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Dissertation: The Network Architecture of Development Interventions: Exploring the Relational Dynamics of Aid-Impact in Fragile and Conflict-Affected States – The Case of Pakistan and Afghanistan
Chair: Ken Reinert

Rich Outzen

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Dissertation: Turning the Stripped Screw: Thirty Years of U.S. Coercive Diplomacy
Chair: Peter Mandaville

Abu Bakkar Siddique   

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Dissertation: People’s Context, Corruption as Experience and Culture, and Tax Morale
Chair: Naoru Koizumi

Hong Zhang  

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Dissertation: China's international development: domestic mechanisms and contextualized impacts
Chair: Jack Goldstone

 

Public Policy PhD Candidates

Addilyn Chams-Eddine 

Dissertation: A Consideration of Foreign Direct Investment, Total Factor Productivity, and Financial Sector FDI
Chair: Ken Button

Yi-Ting Chiu

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Dissertation: What creates a Village? -- the Socio-economic Factors Supporting “the Village Movement.”
Chair: Jack Goldstone

Malia Dalesandry 

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Dissertation: Persistent Illegality as a Protracted Crisis: Marginalization and Rational Choice within the Sex Work Community
Chair: Laurie Schintler

Simisola Fasehun 

Dissertation: How is Humanitarian Aid Facilitating Corruption? A Look at Haiti
Chair: Jack Goldstone

Aaron Finney

Dissertation: Understanding the Digital Divide in U.S. Public Schools: An Case of Federal Technology Subsidies and Access in Virginia
Chair: Connie McNeely

Allison Grayson 

Dissertation: Communicating the Nonprofit Sector to the Federal Policy Arena
Chair: Alan Abramson

John Gudgel

Dissertation: Insurance as a Private Sector Regulator and Promoter of Security and Safety: Case Studies in Governing Emerging Technological Risk From Commercial Nuclear Power to Health Care Sector
Chair: Greg Koblentz

Anna Hartman 

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Dissertation: Out of the Shadows? Intelligence Sharing in the European Union
Chair: Desmond Dinan

Maurice Johnson 

Dissertation: Improving Health Outcomes by Addressing Social Determinants: Evidence from Medicaid’s Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) Program
Chair: Siona Listokin

Muhammad Salar Khan 

Dissertation: Absorptive Capacity and Economic Growth: How Does Absorptive Capacity Affect Economic Growth?
Co-Chairs: Jim Olds & David Hart

Charles Keckler 

Dissertation: Programmatic Performance and Constitutional Consequences of Independent Commission Structure: Three Essays on Agency Design
Chair: Mark J. Rozell

Meng-Hao Li  

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Dissertation: Multilevel Bottom-Up Diffusion, Spatial Proximity, and Policy Intervention: what determines the adoption of EHRs in the hospital network?
Chair: Laurie Schintler

Lauren N. McCarthy  

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Dissertation: Hacking the Bureaucracy: Micro-mobility and the policy process - policy-making in the age of the smart city
Chair: Jonathan Gifford

Michael McCormick 

Dissertation: The Short-Term and Long-Term Effects of Hub Airport Abandonment
Chair: Jonathan Gifford

Mohammed Nayebpour 

Dissertation: Personalization of Immunosuppressive Treatment for Kidney Transplant Recipients
Chair: Naoru Koizumi

Daniel L. Ofori-Addo 

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Dissertation: An Empirical Assessment of Sub-Saharan African Mobile Phone Diffusion, Economic Growth, Per Capita Incomes, Poverty and Inequality
Chair: Kenneth Reinert

Emma Parker

Dissertation: The Increasing Securitization of US Foreign Assistance
Chair: Jim Pfiffner

Andrew Patterson

Dissertation: The Political Economy of Nuclear Energy: A Risk-based Framework for Policy Implementation
Chair: David Hart

Geoffrey Scott 

Dissertation: Determinates of Success: Institutional Design in Community-Based Natural Resource Management for Wildlife Conservation
Chair: Louise Shelley

Benjamin Shearn 

Dissertation: Identity Framing: How Indian Policymaker Identity Affects Threat Perception
Chair: Ed Rhodes

Jennifer Smith-Heys 

Dissertation: A Roadmap to Reform: Building a Theory of Intelligence Commissions
Chair: Jim Pfiffner

Sasithorn Supakienmongkol 

Dissertation: Mismatch Among Thai STEM Certificate Holders: Determinants and Consequences
Chair: David Hart