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, Expected 2020
Dissertation Committee: Dr. Micah Gell-Redman (Chair), Dr. Anthony Madonna, Dr. Daniel Hill, Dr. Grace Bagwell-Adams
I am a political economist whose research focuses on the political economy of health. My interdisciplinary research has appeared in venues as diverse as World History and Southeastern Archaeology and the Midwest and Southern Political Science Associations. While my research focus on health and public action has often focused historically, I have also conducted modern research on rural health and the effects of macroeconomic changes on health and welfare nationally and internationally. My dissertation research focuses on electrification and distributional politics in the Tennessee Valley Authority finding that not only did the expansion of electricity under the TVA greatly improve the health of those living in the service area, but the expansion of a new welfare enhancing service insulated the Democratic Party from loses of support as time went on. Lastly, the study confirms that as the TVA and many historians have argued, power distribution does not seem to have been allocated along partisan lines.
I have taught five different courses as the instructor of record and an additional two courses as a teaching assistant. As instructor of record I have taught both core courses such as International Political Economy, Comparative Political Economy and International Organizations as well as specialty courses including The Politics of Disease Control and Slavery in the Atlantic World. In addition to winning the Christopher Allen Graduate Teaching Award, I have received what I consider to be the highest teaching honor: repeat students who choose to take more classes from me even with so many options.
PhD, Expected 2020
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.
PhD, Expected 2021
Dissertation Committee: Dr. Richard Vining (Chair), Dr. Keith Dougherty, Dr. Scott Ainsworth, Dr. Christina Boyd
I am a Ph.D. Candidate (ABD) and an institutional specialist, with particular emphasis in Law and Courts and Bureaucracy. I also study American Political Development generally. I expect to complete my degree in Summer 2021. My main research agenda focuses on the strategy and decision-making of interest groups and their role in public law litigation in the Federal Courts. I seek to understand how policy outcomes are affected as a result of those decisions and their long-term consequences. I also plan to conduct research in the future which will explore bureaucratic responses to interest group lobbying, and the concept of regulatory capture.
I have experience teaching Constitutional Law at UGA, and American Government at the University of Oklahoma, and I am also a former attorney (J.D.) with a background in government service. In addition to law related courses, I am prepared to teach in the areas of public administration, legislative process, political behavior, and research methods.
PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION & Policy
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