Patricia Posey will join the Department as a Provost’s Postdoctoral Fellow. Posey received her BA from the University of Florida, is currently on a pre-doctoral fellowship at MIT, and will receive her PhD in Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania. Through field ethnography and careful analysis of administrative data, Posey examines the effects of different banking and loan institutions on the political participation of marginalized communities. Posey is particularly interested in the effects of check cashing institutions, pay-day loan companies, pawn shops, and the like on the attitudes of poor, black, and brown communities toward the state. Her work promises to invigorate the study of the politics of urban policy just as it scrutinizes the troubled boundary between public and private spheres in urban communities.

Andrew McCall will join the Department as a Provost’s Postdoctoral Fellow. McCall received his BA from Truman State University and a second BA from the University of Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar. He will receive his PhD in Political Science from UC Berkeley. Using formal models, McCall brings deductive reasoning tools to questions about the structural origins of police brutality, problems that are by their nature extraordinarily difficult to observe. The study of institutional racism calls out for formal analysis, and thus far, no one has taken up the task. McCall’s work promises to do so.

Zhaotian Luo will join the Department as Assistant Professor. Luo received his BA from the University of International Business and Economics (UIBE) and will receive his PhD in Political Science from NYU. His work centers on the political economy of authoritarianism, developing and applying game theoretic models to better understand how autocracies and other weakly institutionalized societies solve and exacerbate governance problems. Luo will build on the Department’s strengths in non-democratic governance, rule with the threat of violence, and democratic and economic reform.