Again this year, we are proud to have outstanding students on the job market. For a list of our placement candidates and brief sketches of each, please select a field below.

POLITICAL SCIENCE & INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

PhD candidates and recent graduates currently on the market:

DOUG ATKINSON
PhD, Expected 2018
Curriculum Vitae

Dissertation Committee: Dr. Andrew Owsiak (Chair), Dr. Amanda Murdie, Dr. K. Chad Clay, Dr. Daniel Hill, Dr. Jeffrey Berejikian
Dissertation: What are We Fighting For? The Issue Approach, Divisibility, and Wartime Dynamics
Professional Website: https://dougbatkinson.wordpress.com/

I am a PhD candidate (ABD), studying International Security and Conflict. In my research, I address two broad questions. How do the issues under dispute change states’ behavior in conflictual relationships? And, in what scenarios do explanations of interstate interactions based on relative power fall short? Additionally, I am interested in the role of refugees in international relations and conflict management. My published work has appeared in Research and Politics. Additionally, I have taught International Conflict, Introduction to Global Issues, and Introduction to Comparative Politics.


STEPHEN BAGWELL
PhD, Expected 2018
Curriculum Vitae

Dissertation Committee: Dr. K. Chad Clay (Chair), Dr. Shane Singh, Dr. Jeffrey Berejikian, Dr. Ryan Bakker
Dissertation: Catching up Developmental Measures with Concepts: iSHHED, the Index of Sustainable, Health, Human Capital, and Economic Development
Professional Website: https://smbagwell.com/

I am a PhD candidate (ABD), studying development, IPE, and human rights. My dissertation addresses the problem of measuring development strictly through economic performance before using a measure I introduce to evaluate the determinants of development. Other research, currently under review, evaluates the role of state sensitivity to, and capacity to respond to, shaming by international human rights non-governmental organizations. I also have interests in the determinants and consequences of sovereign default. My teaching, like my scholarship, covers both traditional comparative politics and international relations. I have taught 11 unique courses across three universities, including introductory courses to american government, comparative politics, and international relations. Additionally, I have taught upper level courses in political economy, human rights, and development. I also have taught two distinct methods courses, an introduction to statistics in social sciences as well as political science research design.


GORDON BALLINGRUD
PhD, Expected 2018
Curriculum Vitae

Dissertation Committee: Dr. Susan Haire (Chair), Dr. Christina Boyd, Dr. Richard Vining, Dr. Sean Ingham.
Dissertation: An Empirical and Philosophical Exploration of the Effects of Presidential Non-Implementation on the Behavior of the U.S. Supreme Court
Professional Website: https://gordon-ballingrud-bpty.squarespace.com/config/

I am a doctoral candidate in American politics with a focus on federal courts, and a minor specialization in political theory, with an emphasis on Rawls, Nozick, and Dworkin. I have two works set to be published by the end of 2017: “Coalitional Instability and the Three-Fifths Compromise” written with Keith Dougherty, and to be published in the American Journal of Political Science, and “Public Reason as Highest Law”, a commentary on part of Rawls’ Political Liberalism, to be published in Law and Philosophy. My dissertation centers on the differences in behavior of the Supreme Court justices when the President is ideologically distant from them. I argue that the threat of non-implementation of the Court’s opinions in “lateral” cases (cf. Hall 2014) causes the Court to rule more often in favor of the government than they do when ideological distance is low, or the case requires no executive implementation. I explore these effects on the justices’ merits votes and majority opinion construction, while offering and testing multiple theoretical mechanisms. I conclude with a philosophical examination of my findings, assessing the President’s effect on the Court through an examination of the concept of democracy and the role of courts in it. I am currently teaching our course POLS 4040, “American Political Thought”; I have been a teaching assistant for such classes as “Introduction to American Politics”, “Constitutional Politics of Equality”, and “Philosophy of Law”. I have also been a research assistant to Audrey Haynes, Sean Ingham, Christy Boyd, Robert Grafstein, Jamie Carson, Keith Dougherty, Scott Ainsworth, and Alex Kaufman.


LEE LUKOFF
PhD, Expected 2018
Curriculum Vitae

Dissertation Committee: Dr. Loch Johnson (Chair), Dr. Jeffrey Berejikian, Dr. Lihi Ben-Shitrit, Dr. Rongbin Han
Dissertation: The Development of the US-Israel Special Relationship 1981-1989
Professional Website: https://leelukoff.wixsite.com/leelukoff

Lee is a PhD candidate (ABD) in International Relations with a minor in Comparative Politics and holds Master’s Degrees from Boston College (Political Science) and George Mason University (Public Policy). His research interests include International Relations, American Foreign Policy, Intelligence Studies, The Arab-Israeli Conflict, and Political Psychology. Lee served as a Teaching Assistant for Introduction to American government for four semesters and has taught six courses as Instructor of Record on topics such as International Conflict, Global Issues, and US-Israel Relations. He currently serves as the Graduate Assistant for UGA’s Washington DC Semester Program where he teaches a seminar and mentors undergraduates pursuing careers in public policy and government in the nation’s capital.

In 2017, Lee was awarded a university grant that allowed him to serve as a Visiting Research Fellow at the Harry S. Truman Institute for the Advancement of Peace at The Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He is also a founding member of the Early Career Scholars Group of Intelligence Studies in the International Studies Association and has forthcoming articles in the Journal of Intelligence History, American Intelligence Journal, and Encyclopedia of U.S. Intelligence. His book reviews have been published in the Journal of Cold War Studies and the International Journal of Intelligence, Security, and Public Affairs.

 


SPIA-student-images-norrisJUSTIN NORRIS
PhD, 2018
Curriculum Vitae

Dissertation Committee: Dr. Paul-Henri Gurian (Chair), Dr. Audrey Haynes, Dr. James Monogan and Dr. Jamie Carson
Dissertation: Follow the Money: An Integrated Theory of Donor Motivations and the Resulting Implications for Presidential Campaign Coffers in the Invisible Primary
Professional Website: http://justinjnorris.weebly.com

I earned my PhD in the department of political science here at the University of Georgia. I study American elections, political behavior, public opinion, American political institutions, and research methodology. I currently have a number of papers under review that examine a number of topics, including: the role of party loyalty for committee appointments in the US House of Representatives, the impact of electoral concerns on vote switching in the US Senate, and an examination of the differences between partisans and political independents as it relates to beliefs over the proper role of interest groups in the American political process. I have had the opportunity to teach a number of courses, including: introduction to American government, electoral behavior, political parties, and campaigns and elections.

 


STEVEN WALTER  Walter_Steven_(002)
PhD, 2017
Curriculum Vitae

Dissertation Committee:  Dr. Chad Clay (chair), Dr. Jeff Berejikian, Dr. Daniel Hill, and Dr. Andy Owsiak
Dissertation: Re-Examining Repression: Factors Related to the Reduction of Government Respect for Human Rights
Professional Website: http://stevenwalter.weebly.com

Steven Walter is a doctoral candidate in the Department of International Affairs. He is an award-winning teaching assistant and has been the instructor of record for six unique introductory and upper-level courses on topics ranging from terrorism to human rights. His research focuses mainly on government repression and political violence, but other interests include civil wars and language regimes. Steven is currently a Resident Administrator for the UGA at Oxford Centre in Oxford, England.

 

 

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