PhD Students

In progress

Nasir Almasri | social movements facing repression; Middle East

Elizabeth Parker-Magyar | public employment and protest; Jordan; Syria

Jasmine English | racial diversity; associations; religion; American Politics

Sarah Mohamed (Harvard) | Middle East; political communication

Eyal Hanfling | South Asia; conflict; social media


Aidan Milliff (defended 2022), Postdoc, Stanford | responses to experiencing violence; political psychology; methodology; South Asia

Matt Cancian (defended 2022), Senior Researcher, Naval War College | soldier psychology; irregular warfare; wargaming, Kurdistan

Andy Halterman (defended 2021), Postdoc, NYU Data Science, Assistant Professor, Michigan State University | methodology; text analysis; civil war; campaign analysis | Dissertation

Marsin Alshamary (defended 2020), Postdoc, Brookings, Postdoc, Harvard, Assistant Professor Boston College | religious authority; rebellion; Iraq; Shi'i Islam | Dissertation

Kacie Miura (defended 2020), Assistant Professor, University of San Diego | security dimensions of IPE; China | Dissertation

Andrew Miller (defended 2020), Assistant Professor, United States Naval Academy | organized crime; policing; virtual reality methods; Lagos; Baltimore | Dissertation

Vincent Bauer (Stanford, defended 2019), Center for Naval Analyses | military doctrine; counter-insurgency; Iraq war | Dissertation

Elizabeth Dekeyser (defended 2019), Postdoc, Institute for Advanced Studies in Toulouse, followed by private sector (tech/data science) | Islam in France; minority integration | Dissertation

Michael Freedman (defended 2019), Postdoc at Hebrew University; Assistant Professor, University of Haifa | religion; conflict; voting; Israel | Dissertation

Marika Landau-Wells (defended 2018), Postdoc at Saxelab MIT; Assistant Professor, UC Berkeley | threat perception; neuroscience; security studies | Dissertation

George Yin (Harvard, defended 2017), Postdoc at Dartmouth | IR theory

Stephen Wittels (defended 2017), private sector (consulting). | non-violent protest movements | Dissertation

Post-docs Current

Safa Al-Saeedi, 2022-2023. Assistant Professor, Marist College.


Roozbeh Safshekan, 2019-2020. Postdoc at UCSD, declined for private sector.

Santiago Segarra, 2016-2018, co-supervised with Ali Jadbabaie. Assistant Professor, Rice University (Electrical Engineering).

Letters of Recommendation

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17.481. International Relations Field Seminar (Graduate - offered every year, not always by me)

Overview of foundational and contemporary work in International Relations.

17.416. Theoretical Models in IR and CP (Graduate - new course)

A seminar on how to develop elegant, creative, satisfying, and useful theories of politics.

17.426. Empirical Models in IR and CP (Graduate - offered most years)

A seminar on the philosophy and practice of statistical modeling, as applied in International Relations and Comparative Politics.

17.41. Introduction to International Relations (Undergraduate - offered all years)

An introduction to theories and evidence on the causes of conflict and cooperation in the international system.

17.568. Comparative Politics and International Relations of the Middle East (Graduate - offered according to student demand.)

A seminar covering major themes and works in the field of Middle East Politics.

17.850. Political Science Scope and Method (Graduate - offered every year, not always by me)

An introduction to research design and research practice for graduate students.