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:
PhD, Expected 2016
Dissertation Committee: Dr. Robert Grafstein (Chair), Dr. Steven Baginski, Dr. James Monogan, Dr. Andrew Whitford, and Dr. Audrey Haynes
Dissertation: The Unbroken Circle: Measurement and Analysis of Corporate Tax and Political Aggressiveness
Professional Website: http://kaszycki.github.io/
Steve Kaszycki is a doctoral candidate in political science. His research is inter-disciplinary, combining political science, accounting, and finance to explore corporate political and financial behavior. He has also taken advanced coursework in the department of statistics and the Terry School of Business. Within political science he is interested in business politics and measurement, particularly Bayesian measurement models.
CAROLIN MANEY PURSER
PhD, Expected 2017
Dissertation Committee: Dr. Amanda Murdie (Chair), Dr. Ryan Bakker, Dr. Chad Clay, Dr. Daniel Hill Jr.
Dissertation: The Concept, Measurement, and Determinants of Human Security
Professional Website: http://carolinpurser.org/
Carolin Purser is a doctoral candidate in Political Science and International Affairs at the School of Public and International Affairs.
She currently focuses her research on improving our understanding of the influence of governmental and non-governmental institutions on human security, the physical safety and well-being of individuals. Her dissertation, The Concept, Measurement, and Determinants of Human Security, conceptualizes and creates a new measure for human security, which is then used to answer previously unanswerable questions about the determinants of human security across countries and years. Broadly, she is interested in answering research questions that relate to human security, civil conflict, peace, and human rights.
She is an award-winning course instructor, who considers teaching an important enjoyable part of her life in the academy. She is well-equipped to teach introductory courses in international relations, comparative politics, global issues, and research methods. She also has the expertise to teach higher level undergraduate and graduate courses on political violence, conflict processes, human rights, human security, and research methodology.
PhD, Expected 2017
Dissertation Committee: Dr. Loch Johnson (Chair), Dr. Brock Tessman (University of Montana), Dr. K. Chad Clay, and Dr. Daniel Hill
Dissertation: Grand Strategy in the Information Age: An Examination of Global Cyber Technology and the Rise of Public Capacity
Professional Website: joshuamassey.squarespace.com
Joshua Massey is a doctoral candidate in the department of International Affairs. His main areas of interest are security studies, grand strategy, foreign policy, and civil-military relations. His research currently focuses on the strategic relevance of foreign publics, global public opinion, and public diplomacy. Josh teaches courses in international relations and American foreign policy and has the expertise to teach courses in strategic intelligence, global issues, and research methods. Josh’s professional experience extends beyond research. He is a Lieutenant Colonel in the Marine Corps Reserve with multiple deployments to include service as the Officer-in-Charge of the Economic and Political Intelligence Cell in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. Additionally, Josh is a graduate of the Marine Corps Command and Staff College and the Naval War College’s Theater Security Decision Making course. Josh currently serves as the Assistant Editor for the international journal Intelligence and National Security, the premiere journal on the field of intelligence studies.
PhD, Expected 2017
Dissertation Committee: Dr. Ryan Bakker (Chair), Dr. Jamie Monogan, Dr. M.V. Hood III, and Dr. Shane Singh
Dissertation: The Messenger Matters: Race, Party, and the Perceptions of Candidates as Seen by White and Non-White Voters
Professional Website: http://www.chasebmeyer.com/
Chase B. Meyer is a doctoral candidate in the department of political science. His main area of study is American and Comparative political behavior, specifically examining the impact of the ideology of parties and candidates for political office. Further research interests include vote choice, public opinion, Congress and the Presidency, research methods, and experimental methodology. His research has been published in Electoral Studies and Social Science Quarterly.
PhD, Expected 2017
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 am a doctoral candidate 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.
Dissertation Committee: Dr. Jamie L. Carson (Chair), Dr. Anthony Madonna, Dr. Ryan Bakker, and Dr. Michael Lynch
Dissertation: The Electoral Connection in the U.S. Senate
Professional Website: http://www.joelsievert.org/
I am a postdoctoral fellow in the Political Institutions and Public Choice Program in the Political Science Department at Duke University. I study American political institutions with an emphasis on congressional politics and elections, American political development, and separation of powers. My research on these subjects includes articles in journals such as Legislative Studies Quarterly and Political Research Quarterly and a book project that is currently under advance contract with the University of Michigan Press.
PhD, Expected 2017
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.
PhD, Expected 2017
Dissertation Committee: Dr. Jamie L. Carson (Chair), Dr. Michael H. Crespin, Dr. Anthony J. Madonna, Dr. Ryan Bakker, and Dr. James E. Monogan III
Dissertation: Examining the Effects of Institutional Design on Electoral Outcomes
Professional Website: http://www.ryandwilliamson.com/
Ryan D. Williamson is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Political Science. His primary research interests include Congress and Legislative Procedure, Congressional Elections, Institutional Development, the U.S. Presidency, as well as Research Design and Causal Inference. His research includes published work in SPPQ, CQ, and a forthcoming book chapter in Routledge. He has taught courses in Introductory American Government and Electoral Behavior and will be teaching courses in Legislative Procedure and the U.S. Presidency during the fall of 2016. He has also been the recipient of multiple teaching awards and research grants.
Dissertation Committee: Dr. William Keller (Chair), Dr. Scott Jones, Dr. K. Han Park, and Dr. Brock Tessman
Dissertation: From Opponent to Proponent: Explaining the Dynamics of China’s Nonproliferation Perceptions, Policies, and Practices
Professional Website: http://sites.google.com/site/hyzuga/
My research focuses on Nuclear Security and Chinese foreign policy, and more specifically on how China accommodates international norms and complies with them. My dissertation discusses China’s nonproliferation policy-making, an area which remains largely unexplored in current scholarship. I suggest a new approach to foreign policy analysis—constrained rationality model. Through this approach, one can see how China’s nonproliferation policy-making has been mainly motivated by rational calculations, but its rationality has also always been constrained by some irrational elements in Chinese political life. These elements include China’s mentality derived from its historical and, to an extent, current status as a relatively weak country, and its Maoist ideological residual. The influence of these elements has led some observers label Chinese politics with terms like “unpredictable”, “black box”, and “erratic”. This model is further supported by empirical evidence collected from my fieldwork in Beijing. This new model captures the pattern of Chinese policy-making and promotes a better understanding of Chinese foreign policy. An article extracted from the first chapter of this project is forthcoming in Asian Politics & Policy, a leading Asian studies journal.
PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION & Policy
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