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Jessica Ruth Alms
Jessica Ruth Alms began the Ph.D. program in Political Science in Fall 2010, and her primary and secondary subfields of study are International Relations and Political Theory. She previously attended the University of Chicago as an undergraduate concentrating in International Studies (A.B. 2004). After college she attended the University of Pennsylvania Law School (J.D. 2007) and practiced law alongside her father in the Chicago metropolitan area.
Milena Ang Collan Granillo
History of Political Thought (both textualist and contextualist approaches), including 18th and 19th century French/British thought (especially Rousseau and J.S. Mill); contemporary democratic theory; theories of representation, accountability, and agency; mass-eliterelations.
Christopher Berk's research interests include the philosophy, politics, and intellectual history of punishment, political and social theory, social movements, law & society, courts, and legal realism.
Amanda Blair’s concentrations are Comparative Politics, Political Theory, and Methodology. Her areas of interest include gender politics, African politics, armed conflict, and sexual violence.
Yuna Blajer de la Garza
Jacob Blecher is a third-year with a special interest in the study of "work and welfare," both as it animates social and political theory and informs everyday politics (especially in Denmark, for some reason). He came to the University of Chicago from Yale, where he studied philosophy.
Manuel Cabal Lopez
Barnard Choi's interests include positive political economy and the application of its methods to the study of international relations. He holds an A.M (Honors) in International Relations from the University of Chicago, and a BBA (Honours) in Finance and a BA in Political Science from Simon Fraser University, Canada.
Political theory, human rights theory, theories of rights and equality, critical race theory, African-American political thought.
Comparative politics and international political economy: Islamic economics, finance and global business; Islamic law and politics; political economy of terrorism; politics of multinational corporations; regional integration and cooperation.
Amir Fairdosi’s research interests cover American politics and political theory. More specifically, he is interested in institutional measures designed to make the levers of government more accessible to ordinary citizens. This interest currently manifests itself in the form of research on representation, ballot initiative reform, and direct democracy. He also happens to be a professional magician.
His website address is www.Fairdosi.com.
Jaira J. Harrington
Jaira J. Harrington is a doctoral student at the University of Chicago specializing in the field of Comparative Politics. A West Side Chicago native, she earned her B.A. in Political Science from Spelman College in Atlanta, GA. Her general research interests include Brazilian politics, legal theory, race and ethnicity, gender, and marginalized groups. Her current research focuses on law, labor and identity politics in Brazil with respect to Paid Household Domestic Work.
Jose Antonio Hernandez Company
Jose Antonio Hernandez Company is a PhD student in Political Science. His area of specialization is Comparative Politics – with a regional focus on Latin America. His main research interest is the study of political parties’ electoral strategies and their effect on accountability and representation in this region (particularly in Mexico and Brazil). He is also interested in the study of authoritarian regimes and their legacies in current Latin American democracies. Before enrolling in graduate school he worked in Mexico’s Federal Electoral Institute. Before that, he spent a year in Yale University doing research on Mexican electoral reforms and political parties. He received a BA degree in International Relations at El Colegio de Mexico.
Kentaro Hirose is a Ph.D. candidate and interested in international relations, game theory, and Bayesian statistics.
His website is located at http://home.uchicago.edu/~hirose1981/Home.html.
In Hyee Hwang
Juan Fernando Ibarra del Cueto
Juan Fernando Ibarra del Cueto is currently a Doctoral Candidate in Political Science at the University of Chicago. His field of specialization is Comparative Politics, and his research interests include the study of State Building, Democratization, and the relationship between political and economic development. The regional focus of his research is Latin America, with a particular emphasis on Mexico. Before coming to Chicago he worked for the Federal Government in Mexico, first at the Office of Strategic Planning and Regional Development, and then at Oportunidades, the Human Development program of the Mexican Government. He also collaborated briefly with Alternativas y Capacidades, a Mexican NGO that works to strengthen civil society organizations. He completed his undergraduate studies at El Colegio de México, where he received a BA degree in Public Administration.
Tania Islas Weinstein
Min Seung Kang
Comparative Politics. Political order and disorder. State-building, political democratization, political and economic liberalization in developing countries. Ethnic conflict and cooperation. Political integration of ethnic and religious minorities, issues of identity, mobilization, and formal and informal state-society linkages.
Dong Jung Kim
Steven Klein began his PhD in the Department of Political Science in 2010. He is a political theorist with interests in critical social theory, democratic theory, and post-Kantian continental philosophy. His minor field is comparative politics. He received his B.A. in Political Science from the University of British Columbia in 2008, after which he spent time working in Canadian politics.
Ancient political philosophy, government typologies, political agency, mid-20th century political theory.
Do Young Lee
Yeon Ju Lee
Concentration: American Politics
Research Interests: New Media, Youth Political Participation, Local and National Political Institutions
Daniel Luban is a political theorist with particular interests in the history of modern political thought (especially the 17th and 18th centuries) and in modern social theory. Before coming to Chicago, he received a bachelor’s degree in history from Swarthmore College and a master’s degree, also in history, from the University of Cambridge.
Gabriel Mares entered the PhD program in 2009. His research interests include theories of executive prerogative, colonial and anti-colonial thought, punishment theory with an emphasis on the death penalty, ethics in war, and torture. In 2011 he was awarded the Ignacio Martin Baro essay prize for his paper, "Torture's Discourse and the Liberal State in Crisis." Additionally, he worked as a research assistant for the Chicago Project on Suicide Terrorism in 2009 and for Robert K. Elder's book, Last Words of the Executed (University of Chicago Press, 2010).
Mares has also performed with various improv troupes at The Second City, iO Chicago, and ComedySportz Chicago.
Yasmeen Mekawy is a PhD student in Political Science. Her areas of specialization are Comparative Politics and Political Theory with a regional focus on the Middle East. Her research interests include authoritarian regimes, new media, and resistance. She wrote her MA thesis on "Democratic Deliberation and Political Performance in the Egyptian Blogosphere," and spent the year of 2010-2011 in Cairo on an Arabic language fellowship (CASA). She plans to write her dissertation on the Egyptian Revolution and is particularly interested in the creation and deployment of oppositional discursive frames and their relationship to mass mobilization. She received an individualized BA degree from New York University.
Julie Lee Merseth
Daniel Nichanian joined the PhD program at the University of Chicago in 2010 with a focus on political theory. Research interests include contemporary democratic theory, critical theory, practices of governance, and critiques of depoliticization. His second field is comparative politics, with a particular interest in democracy in the European Union. He received a B.A. in political science and philosophy from Yale University in 2008 and a M.A. in political philosophy from Université Paris VII-Diderot in 2010. Before joining the University of Chicago, he also worked as a journalist writing about American politics.
Research interests: Regime Change, International Relations theory, U.S. foreign policy, military strategy and the Cold War
Na Ra Park
Organizational studies, network analysis, political violence, state development and failure, the politics of international aid, qualitative methodology, Middle Eastern politics.
Ethan Porter studies American politics and political theory. Previously, he was the managing editor of Democracy: A Journal of Ideas. Among other publications, his work has appeared in the Washington Post and the Wilson Quarterly. He graduated from Bard College.
Normative change in security politics, sovereignty, international relations theory, Pragmatism, the intellectual history of international relations.
Jeremy Siegman hails from Highland Park, New Jersey and has a BA in Government from Cornell University. He studies political theory, focusing on sovereignty and citizenship, postcolonial theory, political economy, and the politics of knowledge and representation; as well as comparative politics, focusing on the ethnographic study of the contemporary Middle East.
Eric Sosnoff studies American Politics in general and political psychology and ideology in particular. For more details, see his website www.ericsosnoff.com.
John Stevenson is broadly interested in the security studies intersection of sociology, comparative politics, historical methodologies, and international relations. This currently involves: Mass Killing/Genocide, Counter-insurgency, Refugees, Revolutions, State Building, Immigration, and Civil War.
Frederick Soon Suh
John Thomas III
Comparative Politics, American Politics (primarily Race and Ethnicity), Latin America, Social Movements, Development Studies.
Political theory, German idealism, contemporary Continental philosophy with special emphasis on contemporary French phenomenology.