The Departments of Political Science and International Affairs are proud to have outstanding students on the job market. Brief profiles of each of our candidates are provided below. Please contact the candidates, their faculty advisors, or the Graduate Advisor, Dr. Megan Morgan, for further information.

Stephen Bagwell

STEPHEN BAGWELL
PhD, 2019
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 recent PhD whose research focuses on the nexus of political economy and human security, broadly defined. My projects evaluate the role of international economic factors as well as domestic institutions on improving human outcomes. In one project, currently under review, a coauthor and I examine the conditions under which naming and shaming campaigns by international human rights organizations are most likely to elicit improved respect for physical integrity rights. My dissertation provides another example: I develop an improved measure of the concept of development, which allows scholars to focus both on macroeconomic fundamentals and individual outcomes. In separate papers demonstrating the utility of the measure, I evaluate how labor institutions affect those outcomes and also how international organizations like the IMF and World Bank affect those outcomes.

I have taught 11 different courses across three universities, including introductory courses in American politics, global issues, international relations, and comparative politics. I have also taught upper-level courses in political economy, human rights, and development. Additionally, I have taught two courses as part of an undergraduate methods sequence: Introduction to Statistics, a general education course that is open to all majors (and includes a lab where I teach students to use R), and Research Design, a course required of Political Science majors. At the Department of International affairs at the University of Georgia, I won the Christopher Allen Award for excellence in teaching.

Matt Bufford

MATT BUFFORD
PhD, Expected 2020
Curriculum Vitae

Dissertation Committee: Dr. Shane Singh (Chair), Dr. Hanna Kleider, Dr. Ryan Bakker, Dr. Alexa Bankert
Dissertation: Identity and Political Behavior: How Attitudes toward Immigrants Shape Political Outcomes
Professional Website: https://mattbufford.wordpress.com/

I am a PhD candidate (ABD) specializing in political behavior, political psychology, and social identity in advanced democracies. Using quantitative methods and survey experiments, my research focuses on the intersection of public opinion and policy results, particularly with regard to immigration and support for welfare policies. My research agenda addresses the question of how individuals in the West think about immigration and identity and how this perception affects their political behavior. I am also broadly interested in the ways political actors use issue framing to alter political outcomes, and I seek to further explore this topic in experimental settings.

I have experience teaching American Government, Global Issues, and Comparative Politics at the University of Georgia. Additionally, as an instructor for the Duke Talent Identification Program, I have developed and taught introductory international relations courses. I am prepared to teach several other courses, particularly on quantitative methods, research design, and political behavior.

Jason Byers

JASON BYERS
PhD, 2019
Curriculum Vitae

Dissertation Committee: Dr. Jamie L. Carson (Chair), Dr. James Monogan, Dr. Michael Lynch, Dr. Anthony Madonna.
Dissertation: Walking in Their Shoes: An Examination of Congressional Representation from 1980-2016
Professional Website: https://www.jasonsbyers.com

I am a recent PhD in American politics. Substantively, I am interested in American political institutions with a specific emphasis on congressional politics and elections, executive politics, separation of powers, representation, institutional development, and quantitative methods. My published work has appeared in The Forum, a book chapter in Changing How America Votes, and I have been invited to revise and resubmit an article at Congress & the Presidency.

I have previously taught multiple sections on Introductory American Government and a graduate seminar on teaching effectiveness. I have also guest lectured for an undergraduate U.S. Presidency section and a graduate Time Series Analysis seminar. Furthermore, I served as a teaching assistant for Introductory American Government.

Joshua Jackson

JOSHUA JACKSON
PhD, Expected 2020
Curriculum Vitae

Dissertation Committee: Dr. Andrew Owsiak (Chair), Dr. Amanda Murdie, Dr. Daniel Hill, Dr. James Monogan
Dissertation: An Issues approach to Civil Conflict Processes
Professional Website: https://www.joshualjackson.org

I am a PhD candidate (ABD) in International Relations. My substantive research interests lie primarily in civil conflict, its connection to international conflict, and the externalities of conflict such as human rights concerns and refugee flows. I also focus broadly on quantitative research methods with a specialization in spatial analysis. My published work has appeared in Political Research Quarterly, Research & Politics, and Political Science Research and Methods..

I have taught International Conflict and Introduction to International Relations at the undergraduate level and have been a teaching assistant for various courses and IR simulations, including Crisis Diplomacy, Reacting to the Past: The French Revolution, and Statecraft. More information about my research and teaching is available at my website, www.joshualjackson.org.

 

Lee Lukoff

LEE LUKOFF
PhD, 2019
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

I am a recent PhD in International Relations with a minor in Comparative Politics, and I hold Master’s Degrees from Boston College (Political Science) and George Mason University (Public Policy). My research interests include International Relations, American Foreign Policy, Intelligence Studies, the Arab-Israeli Conflict, and Political Psychology. I served as a Teaching Assistant for Introduction to American government for four semesters and have taught seven courses as Instructor of Record on topics such as International Conflict, Global Issues, and US-Israel Relations. I currently serve as an Adjunct Instructor for UGA’s Washington DC Semester Program, where I teach a seminar and mentor undergraduates pursuing careers in public policy and government in the nation’s capital.

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

K. Anne Watson

K. ANNE WATSON
PhD, Expected 2020
Curriculum Vitae

Dissertation Committee: Dr. Daniel W. Hill, Jr. (Chair), Dr. Lihi Ben Shitrit, Dr. K. Chad Clay and Dr. James Monogan
Dissertation: From Interests to Rights: Using CEDAW to Understand the Substantive Representation of Women
Professional Website: http://www.kannewatson.com

I am a PhD candidate (ABD) in the fields of Comparative Politics and Political Methodology. My research agenda is focused on the ratification of international law, its incorporation in domestic policy, and the outcomes of each, particularly with regards to women’s rights, economic rights, and the measurement of human rights conditions. In my dissertation, a direct extension of this agenda, I tackle the puzzle that although widely ratified international law guarantees women equal access to and enjoyment of the economy, women’s enjoyment of their economic rights continues to show variation–even in developed, democratic countries. I argue that this variation is a result of differing degrees of support for specific women-friendly policies in these countries’ legislatures. I also have a forthcoming article with Daniel W. Hill, Jr. in International Studies Quarterly.

As a graduate student at the University of Georgia, I have taken advantage of multiple opportunities to develop my teaching. First, I have served as the instructor of record for Human Rights and as a discussion leader for multiple sections of Introduction to American Government. In the spring of 2018, these experiences led to me being awarded the Center for Teaching and Learning’s Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award and the Department of International Affairs’ Christopher S. Allen Graduate Student Award for Excellence in Teaching. Second, I am pursuing the Interdisciplinary Certificate in University Teaching, which I expect in spring 2019. Finally, for the 2018-2019 academic year, I am a member of the University of Georgia’s Future Faculty Fellows Program. I have also prepared materials for a number of substantive and methodological classes, including Introduction to Comparative Politics, International law, Women and World Politics, and Introduction to Research Methods.

Alice Kisaalita

ALICE KISAALITA
PhD, Expected 2020
Curriculum Vitae

Dissertation Committee: Dr. Michael Lynch (Chair), Dr. Keith T. Poole, Dr. Scott Ainsworth, Dr. Anthony Madonna
Dissertation:Pick Your Poison: On Selecting Roll Calls to Say Whatever You Want
Professional Website: http://www.akisaalita.com

I am a PhD candidate (ABD) in the fields of American Politics and Political Methodology. My research agenda centers around illuminating the link between legislative behavior in the US Congress and US citizens’ ability to hold their representatives accountable. My dissertation focuses on using item response theory to measure interest groups’ motivations through an analysis of their choice of roll call votes by which they measure and rate legislators. My analysis of their roll call selection habits exposes their underlying motivations and provides important insights into the behavior of interest groups and legislators alike. In addition, I am involved in several other research projects revolving around measuring the legislative process. In a co-authored book chapter expected for publication in early 2020 with Dr. Michael Lynch and Dr. Anthony Madonna, I conduct simulations that produce sampled congresses with the same proportions of vote types so that congresses can be compared through history in terms of important measurements like polarization. Moreover, I published an article in the Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization in 2018 with Dr. Keith Dougherty and two student colleagues that examines how voting behavior on committees is affected by institutional features, like the rules for ending voting.

I have experience teaching a variety of courses, including undergraduate courses on the US Presidency, Political Inequality, and Introductory American Politics, as well as a graduate seminar on teaching. Additionally, I was awarded the Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award for 2019 by the University of Georgia for my work as a teaching assistant in introductory political science courses, and I am pursuing the Interdisciplinary Certificate in University Teaching, which I expect to complete in 2020. Finally, I am prepared to teach courses on quantitative methods such as OLS, MLE, and applied Bayesian methods, research design, and other substantive courses as needed.