PhD Students

In progress

Aidan Milliff | responses to experiencing violence; political psychology; South Asia

Matt Cancian | soldier psychology; irregular warfare; Kurdistan

Nasir Almasri | social movements facing repression; Middle East

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

Jasmine English | religion; political behavior

Max Kuhelj Bugaric (Harvard) | time horizons; interstate conflict; measuring time preferences from text

Sarah Mohamed (Harvard) | Middle East politics; political communication


Andy Halterman, postdoc NYU Data Science, Assistant Professor, Michigan State University (starting 2022) | new methods for text analysis; civil war

Marsin Alshamary (defended 2020), Postdoc, Brookings | religious authority; rebellion; Iraq; Shi'i Islam

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

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

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



Roozbeh Safshekan, 2019-2020. Postdoc at UCSD.

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

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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)

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